Political parties in FYROM are jeopardizing the European integration process

Political parties in FYROM are jeopardizing the European integration process

Skopje, 12 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

No agreement has yet been reached about the electoral reform as part of the June 2 agreement in FYROM.

The main political parties, VMRO-DPMNE, SDSM, BDI and PDSH, are not coming to an agreement about the voting of the Diaspora and the process of lodging complaints after the polls.

On 6 October, the work groups of these parties should have reached compromise for the electoral package, but this issue is now entering its second week.

Meanwhile, the delays in the finalization of the June 2 agreement is also putting at risk the recommendation for accession in the European Union.

This was also stressed by the deputy prime minister for European Integration, Fatmir Besimi, who said that FYROM may lose the recommendation for EU accession, if it doesn’t finalize the June 2 agreement.

“It’s clear that the deadlines for the delivery of several activities have been exceeded, but parties must respect the agreement. We must show that we are delivering the criteria and the June 2 agreement is one of them”, Besimi declared.

But, heads of the main Macedonian political parties have accused each other of delaying the agreement on the electoral reform.

SDSM leader, Zoran Zaev said that political parties must finalize the agreement as soon as possible and focus on other issues which are part of the agreement for the solution of the political crisis and the holding of the April elections.

“I’m hoping that everything that relates to the electoral legislation will be finalized. The electoral legislation has a part on the media. As far as the public TV service is concerned, it’s very important because we all pay taxes and we must make it independent in every aspect”, declared the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev.

Meanwhile, PM Nikola Gruevski accused the Macedonian opposition last night of delaying the agreement, as according to him, the opposition is scared of the April elections.

“They make absurd demands and when they are accepted, they make fresh demands, which make our work groups abandon the talks. The opposition does this to meet its objective of avoiding the next elections and to blame it on us”, Gruevski declared.

EU representatives have called on political parties to find compromise and reach an accord. Such messages have come from the EU enlargement commissioner’s office, Johannes Hahn, one has brokered the agreement for the solution of the political crisis.

Through the accord reached on 2 October, the political parties agreed on overcoming the political crisis in the country through the approval of a number of laws and reforms ahead of the elections, the resignation of the government, the election of an interim government and the holding of fresh elections on 24 April 2016. /ibna/