VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski met with the EU Director General for enlargement Christian Danielsson, to discuss the political situation in Macedonia.
I pointed out the poor results of the Government in the area of reforms which are crucial for Macedonia’s membership in the EU, as well as the serious lag in the area of judicial reforms, fighting corruption, protection of the environment. Corruption and crime are eating up our society, and the Government is their protector, Mickoski said in a Facebook post following the meeting.
In a press conference, Danielsson said that EU will closely monitor Macedonia to evaluate if it is fighting corruption and implementing reforms. This issue will affect whether the country will receive an invitation to open EU accession talks in the summer, even after it agreed to change its name and with that presumably removed the largest obstacle – the Greek veto. According to Danielsson, fighting corruption will be a very important chapter in the next European Commission progress report, and so far, he can’t disclose any of the conclusions that are being prepared on this issue.
Danielsson told reporters that Macedonia should not hold early general elections in spring, as VMRO-DPMNE demanded, and should focus on reforms instead.