Escobar: Laws must be not only in line with Constitution, but also with EU standards

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There are multiple levels of checking and multiple balances, including through the European Union, that would require North Macedonia to make sure that its laws are not only in line with its Constitution but also in line with European expectations and standards, said US Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Representative to the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, in an interview for Radio Free Europe, when asked about the changes to the Criminal Code.

“With regard to the specific information on the changes in the Criminal Code, all I can say is that there are multiple levels of checking and multiple balances, including through the European Union, that would require North Macedonia to make sure that its laws are not only in line with its Constitution but also in line with European expectations and standards,” said Escobar.

Asked if the US is satisfied with the fight against corruption in North Macedonia, in the context of the changes to the Criminal Code which reduce sanctions for the abuse of official position, Escobar stressed that corruption is the biggest problem for all Western Balkan countries.

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