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Northern Macedonia: Government presents project “European Interior Agenda”

The “European Agenda in the Interior” is a comprehensive plan with clear tasks and deadlines for all state institutions, in order to ensure the concentration and responsibility of the reform measures for 2021 and for the society to be Europeanized, said the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev during the presentation of the project.

At the press conference held by the Government for the presentation of the plan, Zoran Zaev noted that “the agenda and commitments that have been set as priorities for government action 2021 translated into the” European Agenda in the Interior “. Through this, citizens will receive better services and a higher quality of life, proving once again that Northern Macedonia deserves its place in the EU and definitely belongs to the European family of nations. “

The new government action focuses on electoral reform, justice, the fight against corruption and organized crime, fundamental human rights, media reform, economic governance and public administration reform, as well as the environment and climate change.

The project was prepared by Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov with the team of the Secretariat for European Affairs and was consulted with non-governmental organizations working in the field of European integration, but also with the EU delegation. It was drafted on the basis of recommendations from the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission, GRECO, taking into account the new trading methodology and focusing on the Temeli complex, which also dictates the dynamics of negotiations.

The “European Agenda in the Interior” represents our sincere contribution to the European agenda as our core commitment. The Europeanization of Macedonian society should not wait and we expect our plan for the final processes of this agenda to produce the same positive report in 2021. The ‘European Agenda in the Interior’ is based only on the file of Northern Macedonia in Brussels and an unreserved message for the start of negotiations stemming from the 2020 report, “said Zaev.

As he stressed, the government has managed to put the country on the path of security and defense and has made significant progress in key political and economic areas. “We became the 30th member of NATO and received a unanimous recommendation, unconditional from the EU Council to start accession negotiations, with the first intergovernmental conference for the official start of negotiations that will not happen yet.”

“The process has been going on for a long time now, and we will definitely not stop. We are facing challenges, but we will not be discouraged. Political and diplomatic efforts continue, along with efforts to lift the Bulgarian veto. “When we are committed and united, the results will come,” Zaev said.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimitrov, the “European Interior Agenda” reflects the government’s reform efforts and efforts to enable key steps to be mapped and vigilance monitored, combined with pressure to meet these obligations.

“We have a lot of work to do, but I and the Secretariat for European Affairs and the Government are ready to put the institutions to use and break the myths that strategies and plans are made only when someone wants to avoid real work. “Our goal is to ensure focus, traceability and accountability of the reform steps in order to produce visible and concrete results,” Dimitrov said.

He stressed that the Secretariat for European Affairs, as the central authority of the Europeanization process, will start reviewing the mechanism for managing and coordinating accession negotiations, in order to harmonize it with the new EU negotiation methodology.

“This means that we will review the structures of the negotiations, taking into account the proper coordination and involvement of the process, so that all social institutions and actors find their place and are ready when the start is announced.” said Deputy Minister of European Affairs Dimitrov.

On the other hand, the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE claimed that the “European Agenda in the Interior” is a new “3-6-9 Plan”, “Plan 18”, “Action 21” unsuccessful.

The implementation of the “European Internal Agenda” will be monitored by the Secretariat for European Affairs on a weekly basis, and Deputy Prime Minister Dimitrov will inform the government at each meeting. In addition, based on implementation data, reports on the execution of the agenda will be prepared and submitted to the government in May, September and December this year, which will monitor the pace of preparation of the EU report.

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