Thursday, November 10, 2005

Olli Rehn – Candidate status as recognition for the accomplished

The EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn visited Macedonia on 10 November 2005. On the meetings with the highest Macedonian authorities, the Commissioner elaborated the Opinion and the European Partnership Report and evaluated the progress that Macedonia has made and presented recommendation for what has to be done.“You’ve got a one-way ticket”, Rehn agreed with the comment of the Prime Minister Vlado Bučkovski, regarding EC’s recommendation to the EU Council to grant Macedonia status of candidate country for EU membership. The opinion is that Republic of Macedonia has stabile and functionate, democratic institutions respecting their competences and cooperating with each other.Rehn stated that submitting the application was the right step that contributed the process.“EU family will be incomplete as long as the Western Balkan countries remain outside it”, said Commissioner Rehn, reminding that those were his words during his first visit to Macedonia, one year ago.“Twelve months later, I bring you that assessment. It gives a thoroughly researched and carefully weighed analysis of the progress made by the country - as well as of the weaknesses which remain to be addressed before the country can make further progress towards the EU”, Commissioner Rehn said.The Commission has unanimously decided to recommend that the European Union should grant the status of candidate country to your country, in recognition of the country’s major achievements on the legislative framework related to the Ohrid Framework Agreement of 2001, and the progress made in the course of the four years of implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.”, Commissioner Rehn emphasised in his address to the members of the Macedonian Assembly.The Commissioner had meetings with the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Branko Crvenkovski, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Vlado Bučkovski, Deputy Prime Ministers of the Republic of Macedonia, Radmila Šekerinska and Musa Xhaferi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ilinka Mitreva and with the presidents of Macedonian political parties. Rehn attended special sessions of the Government and the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia.
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