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Füle: EC Progress Report on Macedonia will be fair and factual

23. September 2011. | 00:04

Source: MIA

The forthcoming EC Progress Report on Macedonia, the name issue and developments in the country were the topics discussed at Thursday’s meeting between Deputy PM for EU Affairs Teuta Arifi and EU Enlargement Commission Stefan Füle in Brussels.

The forthcoming EC Progress Report on Macedonia, the name issue and developments in the country were the topics discussed at Thursday’s meeting between Deputy PM for EU Affairs Teuta Arifi and EU Enlargement Commission Stefan Füle in Brussels.

Füle after the meeting stated that they had an open and constructive discussion, assuring Arifi that the forthcoming Progress Report on Macedonia will be factual and fair, reflecting the developments in the country over the last twelve months.

Regarding the name issue Füle said that he believed that the dialogue between Skopje and Athens has reached a momentum that should not be lost.

- It remains a political reality that a resolution would greatly facilitate the start of accession negotiations, Füle said.

They also discussed the situation with the media in Macedonia. - I welcomed the roundtable with the media that the Deputy Prime Minister chaired in Skopje on 14 September. It is a positive sign that the journalists' associations and several NGOs are committed to the dialogue. I strongly encourage all stakeholders to continue efforts to maintain the dialogue between the government and the media community to address relevant issues and find commonly agreed solutions, Füle stated.

Arifi’s agenda also included meetings with Director-General for Enlargement Stefano Sannino, co-chair of the European Parliament's EU-Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, EP Rapporteur for Macedonia Richard Howitt and shadow Rapporteur for Macedonia, MEP Eduard Kukan.

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23. September 2011. 13:13:16

| Peter

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How in the world can a German MEP of Greek nationality is allowed to make decisions on Macedonias affairs.This person who called a Macedonian journalist "malaka" be objective in these issues?What is the EU thinking?Mr.Chatzimarkakis looks only for Greeces interests,not Macedonias for sure.It is shamefull for EU knowing very well the situation between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia to appoint an individual like Chtzimarkakis to make sound decisions on Macedonias future in EU.It is no wonder,that,Greece has taken the Union to a financial disaster because of people like this individual and his old countries politicians.A small country like Macedonia is no threat to its neighbors,than why is Greece set to destroy this nations future?.My only thought is,Greece remembers 1913.

28. September 2011. 06:14:21

| Gort

1

I am convinced that the greeks will have their grubby little hands in that report and I very much doubt that the report will be “fair”.
In this unprecedented situation, the EU is constantly demanding NEW and additional criteria; every time a report for Macedonia is due.
How anyone can take the EU seriously in the future when it makes statements about non EU countries behaving badly when they themselves have become nothing more than a bully on behalf of one of it's members.
The EU is failing to realise however that this action is extremely prejudicial and contrary to their own principles, which in my opinion they have flushed down the toilet.
Macedonia wanting to join the EU has nothing to do with the name dispute.
By involving the Big Bad EU in this dispute of their own making, greece has shown an inability to come to terms with reality.
Human Rights, rampant corruption, very little regard for the Environment. All of these are prerequisites for membership in the EU.
Greece has failed to fulfil every one of these criteria and more.

So,a question needs to be asked; why is Greece still a member of the EU?

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