Saturday, 20 October 2018 | News today: 6

(Dis)honest opinions


Columnist: Timco Mucunski, PhD student in Law

A couple of direct questions for the subjectively oriented “experts” of the Euro-integration process. Why doesn’t the European Commission progress report  from 2006 (which reviews the period from October 1 2005 until September 30 2006) suggest opening accession talks, while in 2014 it does suggest it? Do you think the EU has suddenly began to turn a blind eye to Macedonia and although the democracy regresses, it still awards us with a proposal for accession talks kick off? Honestly, are you convinced Macedonia “regresses”, although the key institution to the entire quantitative and qualitative analysis of our Euro-integration successes reassures negotiations should begin? Alright, honesty has never been your selling point, but at least do some thinking before you come up with some conclusion.

A Thomas Jefferson’s quote (the American president) has been carved in my subconscious. He wisely stated that honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. When looking into some analysis, statements and articles in certain media, I get the feeling there are attempts to impose the opinion that Macedonia was closer to EU membership in the 2005-2006 period, than it is now. What say, except that such thesis are typical absurd! It is not a matter of twisting the reality, but I have the feeling as if some individuals are looking at some completely different reality, which unfortunately, Brussels does not want to see either.

Honestly speaking, there is a notorious fact: the 2006 report, though it did not have a recommendation to start accession negotiations in its content, it included some key remarks, such as, for example, about the judiciary and the fight against corruption and, among others, it was determined that the judicial system shows the same serious flaws as in previous years, affecting its independence and efficiency, and that corruption remains widespread and hinders the economic development and reduces the social cohesion. But, then, according to (dis) honest interpreters of politics, democracy and the rule of law were in “full swing”. As for the field of judiciary and fight against corruption, the 2014 report has determined that due to the success of the reforms introduced in the judiciary, the Republic of Macedonia is now at an advanced stage which requires more complex and challenging improvements. Objectively speaking, the Republic of Macedonia is advancing year by year in all areas that are being analyzed by the European Commission, and hence in all areas of ​​the European legislation (acquis communitaire). Of course, this is not a product of my imagination, I am just presenting you the fact that is subsequently established by the European Commission in each of its reports.

Manipulation is a dangerous step and often goes hand in hand with despair. Criticism is welcomed, especially when it is constructive, certainly considering that there has never been utopia nor will there ever be. But primarily, honesty should be on the pedestal, and we should expect it from everyone, be it ordinary citizens or social- political factors. Our country is reform-friendly – a fact that, despite the large number of international organizations, it is recognized and acknowledged by the world’s top corporations that decide to bring their capital in our country. All of us in the Republic of Macedonia are living witnesses of the daily successful reforms and improvements in all areas, from health to education, from agriculture to infrastructure, etc. We, as citizens, value honesty through real assessment of the deeds, and basically reward it with confidence. We should always isolate dishonesty, and, to tell you the truth, we have finally isolated it.