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Strategic Setbacks Facing North Macedonia on the Path Towards EU-NATO Entry

By June 17, 2019 No Comments

On 29 May, the European Commission issued its progress report on EU aspiring countries and North Macedonia was among them. The country did not receive a clear-cut date for starting EU entry talks.  Instead, it received a positive recommendation, with EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and the European Commission urging the European Council to come up with a date for launching accession talks with North Macedonia, as the country has managed to deliver on key EU-set reforms in the judiciary and signed the reconciliatory Prespa Agreement with Greece on 17 June 2018. Such an outcome was to be expected, considering previous warning signals — coming from France, the Netherlands, and Germany — that the country has not sufficiently done to tackle organized crime, corruption, and some crucial judicial reforms such as the adoption of the law on the Special Public Prosecution.

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