The Republic of North Macedonia deserves a green light in October for start of the negotiations with EU on the ground of all its accomplishment in the reform process in the last few years, with the Prespa Agreement, but also with the Good Neighborly Relations Agreement with Bulgaria, the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said at today’s press conference after the meeting with the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

He added, however, that it is necessary to continue the reforms, especially in the area of securing the rule of law through the adoption of the Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the uncompromising combat against corruption and crime. Howbeit, all political actors need to take into account the future and the interests of the citizens and the state, he stressed.

“It is a national goal, and everybody in the country have to understand that they need to work for that goal. Of course, there are debates and discussions, but I think all of you need to be aware of the ultimate purpose and the destiny of the country. It is my hope that all will support the necessary steps that need to be taken in order to achieve what so many of us want to see, and that is a green light for the start of accession talks, ” said Han.

He regretted that the EU member states have still not decided to open the accession negotiations and that they didn’t do it in June, because, as he emphasized, the country has achieved success and delivered everything it was asked to accomplish.

– North Macedonia worked hard and it is time for the EU to meet its commitments. Sometimes EU also has to deliver, not your country only! However, it is necessary to continue with the further implementation of the reforms. The rule of law is indespensable for creating confidence in the institutions, but also for ensuring that the country will be stable, both politically and economically, ” Hahn said.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev once again stressed his conviction that in October, finally, after 15 years, the country will receive the long-awaited date for the start of the negotiations.

“In the meantime, we will continue working on the reforms, so as not to give the EU an alibi for a different kind of decision,” Zaev said.