I believe that the EC report is realistic, balanced, there are sectors that are rated as well as possible, but also sectors that are rated as poorly as possible. And what is extremely important to me, and what I talk about in public, is in the area of the fight against organized crime and corruption. I think that the European Commission openly and honestly says that there is no progress here, said the vice-president of VMRO-DPMNE Aleksandar Nikoloski in an interview with TV 24.
Nikoloski stressed that the EU found widespread corruption and a dysfunctional rule of law system in Macedonia, that is, as he said, even in the presentation of the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, it was emphasized that there is a lack of serious and systemic engagement in the fight against organized crime and corruption.
“There was a political reason why the European Commission did it that way, they wanted to create conditions so that the recommendation for the start of negotiations could be maintained, and here is the year after they think that such a recommendation has been implemented, although the fact is that it has not been implemented, because a condition for to implement is to change the Constitution. But this year they are already going with a more realistic assessment in that part, in contrast to previous years where the picture was a bit more rosy, and several member states, that is, serious member states, worked on parallel reports which, as far as I could read, are in line with this year’s report of the EC, and that is that not enough is being done in this part,” added Nikoloski.