Skopje, May 15, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Authorities in Skopje say that the country has been “plagued” by a status quo as far as the integrating process in the European Union and NATO is concerned. They say that this situation is frustrating and suggested it must end as soon as possible.
The president of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, George Ivanov, who has just entered his second term in office, has taken advantage of the meeting in Brussels with the European commissioner, Stefan Feuele in order to express this concern.
In the meeting, Mr. Feuele demanded for the country to be given a date for the start of negotiations for the accession in the next EU summit and parallel to this, to continue with the solution of the name dispute.
“The status quo situation causes the frustration of our society. This is not a good thing for Macedonia and the region, but also for the credibility of the region, but also for the credibility of the EU enlargement process. Macedonia demands the next European Council summit to decide a date for the start of negotiations for accession and parallel to this, to intensify the process of the solution of the name dispute”, said Ivanov.
He said that he has conveyed these messages to EU enlargement commissioner, Stefan Feule.
On the other hand, Feule has congratulated president Ivanov on the victory of the second term in office. The meeting also discussed the latest parliamentary and presidential elections of April 27, where BDI in coalition doesn’t recognize the president and opposition gave up the MP mandates by not recognizing the parliamentary elections.
Feule said that “the main challenge of the current political developments in Europe, but also in the Balkan is the situation in Macedonia”.
According to the cabinet of president Ivanov, Euro commissioner Fule made it clear to president Ivanov that the process of reforms in the country must continue by focusing on overcoming all the complaints that have been pointed out by European Commission and OSCE/ODIHR for the latest elections.
According to the president’s office, “opinions have been exchanged and also information on the Euro integrating process of the country, developments in Macedonia after the elections and the process of the solution of the name dispute with Greece”. Following this meeting with Feule, president Ivanov will meet with the president of European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. /ibna/