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Hahn will not meet with “For a United Macedonia”, nor is there confirmation for Ivanov


       
Brussels, 20 March, 2017 - 14:28 (META) 

The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn will not be meeting with representatives from “For a United Macedonia”, stated today EC spokesperson, Maja Kocijančič.

“As I already said on Friday, Commissioner Hahn will be meeting with political representatives. It is true that there were other requests as well, and very often when he travels to the country, we try to meet as many interlocutors as possible, including the civil society, but this time the Commissioner will meet with political representatives, as the agenda doesn’t allow for more”, said Kocijančič.

Hahn’s complete agenda is still unknown, it is expected to be clarified later on in the day.

“Meta” has discovered that there is still no confirmation on whether Hahn will meet with President Gjorge Ivanov tomorrow.

Representatives from the initiative “For a United Macedonia”, yesterday asked the European Commissioner for a meeting during his visit to Macedonia tomorrow. Adding that no one is “is allowed, or can ignore 200.000 citizens who are protesting everyday”.

“We call on Mr Hahn to meet with us, so we can present our goals and requests which are not non negotiable. Ignoring our requests will only create additional risks. If the EU respects civil societies then they need to demonstrate it with declarations, not empty phrases, and they should take specific action, and for starter, they should meet with us. If Hahn ignores us, we will consider that as a dishonest attitude and not a good display of well intentions from the EU to the Republic of Macedonia”, said Igor Durlovski, a member of the initiative and Director of the Macedonian Opera and Ballet.