Monday, May 7, 2012

FYROM news: Brussels and FYROM Resume Top-Level Dialogue ...

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On Monday Brussels and FYROM start the second round of high-level talks, intended to boost the reform process and complement future accession negotiations. ....
At Monday's meeting in Skopje the European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele will meet Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski as well as the Vice Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Teuta Arifi.

The FYROM's team will present an ambitious action plan to the EU representative.

The plan envisages about 150 reforms and legal changes in the five areas that Brussels last time identified as weak points. 
It also contains a self-imposed deadline of September for FYROM's institutions to implement it.

“The action plan follows Brussels' instructions in the five areas”, Arifi told Balkan Insight, adding that the plan was “realistic” and “achievable”.

At the first meeting between Fuele and FYROM's leaders in March, the first topics up for discussion were strengthening the rule of law and freedom of speech.

Brussels also pointed out the need for reforms in the public administration, in election legislation and in the market economy.

Arifi says that all these areas have been addressed in the action plan with concrete proposals.

EU officials have stressed that the Brussels-Skopje dialogue is not intended to bypass Greece's "blockade" of the country’s EU membership talks.
The idea is to keep the momentum for reform going until the diplomatic "problem with Greece" is solved.
FYROM gained EU candidate country status back in 2005, and for three years in a row since 2009 the European Commission has recommended a start to accession talks.

But the EU has not offered an actual start date for the talks owing to the Greek "blockade", related to FYROM’s name.

Greece insists that FYROM’s name implies territorial claims to its own northern province,  called Μακεδονία (Macedonia) . Both countries are engaged in long-standing talks in the UN to resolve the issue but these have not led to a breakthrough.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
Balkan Insight 
*(After the necessary corrections with the name "FYROM".  
GREECE recognised this country with the name "FYROM")
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