Optimism for the EP Resolution on FYROM

Optimism for the EP Resolution on FYROM

IBNA Special Report

Skopje, March 12, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The adoption of the resolution on the progress of FYR Macedonia in the aspect of Euro integration by the European Parliament has been received with optimism in Skopje, especially given the signals issued by EU officials for involvement in the solution of the crisis.

Through this resolution, the European Parliament calls on the EU Council to decide on a date for the start of accession negotiations in order not to damage the pace for the process of Euro integration, speed up the reforms and strengthen the process of the democratization of the country.

This resolution was proposed by the Slovenian MEP, Ivo Vajgl, who is rapporteur of the European Parliament on FYR Macedonia.

The resolution also mentions the latest political developments relating to the wiretapping scandal, while this situation is considered to be serious and dramatic.

“European Parliament is concerned about polarization in the political arena and the government and opposition have a duty for long term political cooperation. The European Parliament demands an independent inquiry on the wiretapping affair through full transparency”, says the resolution, while demanding from the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini to broker a solution for the political crisis and to reach an agreement between political parties in FYR Macedonia.

The resolution also underlines the issue of the name dispute and it has once again recommended an active and constructive approach in order to find a compromise. The resolution recommends for steps to be taken for a historical reconciliation with neighbors and to respect all ethnic groups, including citizens of a Bulgarian identity, who are not known as a community in the country.

There are also concerns about the freedom of media, while there have been positive comments on economic policies and results in the fight against corruption.

Political analysts in Skopje have made positive comments in relation to the approval of this resolution, which stresses Brussels’ readiness for the solution of the political crisis.

Former Foreign minister, Denko Maleski praises the approval of this resolution and stresses for IBNA the need for the involvement of the international factor. According to him, if the advices of the international community are not addressed seriously by the government, the country may face domestic conflicts.

“If the government continues to say that the wiretapping has been carried out by foreign secret services and accepts no responsibility, by stressing that there’s no reason to resign, then the crisis will deepen. International partners stress the urgent need for political actors to engage as soon as possible in order to find a solution about the current situation”, Malevski says.

Political parties in power and opposition, have different comments on the suggestions coming from the European Union, OSCE and foreign diplomats in the country in relation to the political crisis.

The political crisis escalated following the publication of wiretapped conversations by the opposition, which accuses the government of unlawfully eavesdropping citizens, journalists, politicians, publicists. The opposition has also published conversations of senior state officials which indicate abuses and scandals.

Citizens believe that there must be a solution as soon as possible. Enis Selimi, activist of the Organization for Regional Cooperation and European Integration in Skopje says that it would be good news if the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini was involved in the solution of the crisis.

“We have faith on the EU that things will go well, especially after the news that the solution will be brokered by Federica Mogherini. We have no more time to waste with this political circus, which is leading the country to chaos, because ultimately, it’s us, the citizens who pay the final price for the crisis. Therefore, my message I think that the EU and other international factors must help us to overcome the crisis and engage in debates for the development of the country, says Enis Selimi for IBNA. /ibna/