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European Socialists support starting EU talks

The Socialists in the European Parliament strongly support the start of EU talks with North Macedonia, said Party of European Socialists president and former prime minister of Bulgaria Sergei Stanishev after meeting with Deputy PM Radmila Shekerinska.

Skopje, 17 September 2019 (MIA) – The Socialists in the European Parliament strongly support the start of EU talks with North Macedonia, said Party of European Socialists president and former prime minister of Bulgaria Sergei Stanishev after meeting with Deputy PM Radmila Shekerinska.

“I’m pleased to see positive changes in the country,” Stanishev told a news conference Tuesday.

“The landmark Prespa Agreement and the Friendship Treaty with Bulgaria are big strides forward to the EU. On behalf of the Socialists,” Stanishev continued, “I’d like to pledge our full support for the decision to be made in October to start talks.

“The country and the people deserve it. Citizens deserve better lives,” Stanishev continued, “so I encourage prime minister Zaev to continue the positive reforms towards social progress, higher wages, the rule of law, and [ensuring] that no one is above the law. These are the steps being taken, and this deserves respect.”

North Macedonia, Stanishev said, was also an excellent example of how problems could be solved in the region.

Speaking about the Friendship Treaty, Stanishev said talks had started when he was Bulgaria’s prime minister and the Macedonian PM at the time was Nikola Gruevski.

Gruevski, Stanishev said, had always looked for ways to undermine progress and reasons not to reach an agreement.

Zaev, according to Stanishev, through making some decisive steps over a few months built a solid foundation for friendship and cooperation.

“I know it takes time,” he added, “to be constructive, to understand, to enter into a dialogue. The committee on historical issues, too, needs time to discuss issues and achieve results.”

Deputy PM and SDSM vice president Shekerinska said she was pleased to hear the EP Socialists and Democrats support the country’s EU membership.

“Our country has made giant leaps forward over the past two years,” Shekerinska said, listing not only good-neighborly agreements but also greater media freedom, protection of human rights, and government transparency.

“We’re looking forward to October with a great dose of ambition and optimism,” Shekerinska added.

Asked about the public prosecution bill, Shekerinska said Brussels had been clear in its recommendation not to focus on [particular] laws but real change, backed by thorough investigation and fully transparent legal proceedings.

“We’ve made sure that all SPO cases will have court resolutions. No one can attempt to dismiss the cases based on any administrative or procedural reasons. Everything is in the hands of the judiciary.

“We, as government, want to pass the new PPO law. The government has shown extraordinary flexibility, as this issue is above any party or personal interests. So we’ll continue the discussions,” Shekerinska said.

“The government’s political decision not to meddle in the judiciary, not to ask for any special privileges from prosecutors and judges,” Shekerinska added, “is a message that has been received not only by Brussels but also other decisive state capitals.” mr/

Изјава на заменик претседателка на СДСМ Радмила Шекеринска и претседател на ПЕС Сергеј Станишев

Posted by MИА.mk on Вторник, 17 септември 2019

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