EU Membership

The full-fledged membership of the Republic of Macedonia in the European Union is one of the priorities among the strategic interests of the country. In December 1995 Republic of Macedonia established diplomatic relations with EU and thus, the country became a legitimate partner of trust and a true ally to the European Union. This was confirmed upon the execution of the Cooperation Agreement in 1997, the Stabilization and Association Agreement in 2001, and the candidate status which Macedonia received in 2005. By giving the country a status of a candidate, EU acknowledged the progress in the country regarding the reform processes and the creation of an open, democratic society. In fact, the status of a candidate Macedonia’s entrance in a higher phase of the process of European integration.

Although in 2013 the Republic of Macedonia received the fifth positive assessment from the European Commission regarding the country’s progress in the Euro Integration processes, the country is still expecting a date for commencement of membership negotiations. The objective of the Republic of Macedonia is to meet the European benchmarks regarding the obligations arising from the EU membership. The country’s accession agenda is clearly reflected in the National Program for Adoption of the Acquis (legislative amendments and measures for institutional reinforcement on short and mid-term), the Pre-Accession Economic Program (measures for fulfilment of the Copenhagen Criteria), and in the National Development Plan (investing priorities for fulfilment of the national goals for development). These documents are regularly updated (annually) pursuant to the recommendations issued by the European Commission.

The direct and most important priority of the Republic of Macedonia is to commence the pre-accession negotiations as soon as possible. Another important goal, regarding the relations with EU, is receiving an accreditation for decentralized management of the remaining IPA component.

  • Progress Report for Republic of Macedonia issued by the European Commission +

    The positive assessment issued by the European Commission in 2013, and the fifth consecutive recommendation for commencement of the accession negotiations showed that the Republic of Macedonia achieved fundamental progress in the Euro integration process. The accession negotiations remain a primary objective and pledge of the Republic of Macedonia.

    The main assessments for the progress of the Republic of Macedonia in 2013 (the Progress Report was published on 16th October 2013) are as it follows:

     -  Acknowledgement of the progress achieved regarding the fulfilment of the Copenhagen Criteria for EU membership;
     -  High level of harmonization of the national law to the Acquis, as if the country has already started the negotiation process;
     -  Efficient implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA), and complete fulfilment of the obligations (10th SAA Meeting between Republic of Macedonia and EU, 23rd July 2013 in Brussels);
     -  Positive assessment for the role of the Republic of Macedonia in nurturing good-neighbourly relations and regional cooperation;
     -  Repeated recommendation for commencement of the accession negotiations – a complex and detailed recommendation for simultaneous beginning of the negotiations and finding resolution for the name dispute in the early phase of the negotiation process (screening phase).
  • High Level Accession Dialogue between Republic of Macedonia and European Commission +

    On 9th April 2013 the fourth meeting of the High Level Accession Dialogue (HLAD) was held. The HLAD remains a significant support to the accession process of the country with a focus on the key reform priorities.

    Macedonia achieved further concrete results in the area of implementation of reforms in the five areas of priority: freedom of expression and the media, rule of law and fundamental rights, reforms in the public administration, election reforms, and reinforcement of the market economy.

  • Liberalization of the EU’s visa regime towards Republic of Macedonia +

    In the process of Macedonia’s integration to the European Union, the visa liberalization remains one of the key benefits, and is considered as one of the most significant steps in the further Europeanization of the Macedonian society. This contributed to alleviation of the contact between people, improved the business possibilities and the exchange of goods and supplies, exchange of ideas, and it enhanced the cooperation in all spheres of social life. The visa liberalization regime positively influenced the education and the professional improvement of the young generations who are thought to be the main carriers of the transformation of the Republic of Macedonia into a future member state of the EU.

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