Suspension of IPA funds is a responsibility of the political class, says government official in FYROM

Suspension of IPA funds is a responsibility of the political class, says government official in FYROM

Skopje, 6 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Arber Ademi said that the suspension of 27 million euros in the framework of IPA funds for FYROM is not only a responsibility of the government, but of the entire political class.

“The cuts in funds come as a result of the lack of political will for the implementation of reforms, but the government is not the only one to be blamed. Cultivation of political dialogue, the holding of constructive talks, the delivery of political criteria by many political players, would give way to the European integration process. This would lead the way for a more effective exploitation of IPA funds”, deputy prime minister Ademi said.

According to him, the government will remain committed in the country’s EU and NATO integration path.

Last week, the European Commission decided to suspend the funds.

“The worsened political context is one of the reasons why the government and administration were not able to deliver the requirements for reforms or express the necessary readiness for the planning of the reforms or to implement the EU funds in these domains”, said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson of the European Commission. /balkaneu.com/