Extracts from the Joint Press briefing by Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Olli Rehn, on EU/ former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia relations
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 23/01/2008 First transmission: 23/01/2008
Following their meeting, Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, gave a joint press conference.
Olli Rehn announced that he is ready to open a series of new benchmarks to fulfill for the launch of the accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, during the Slovenian Presidency. He said that this key priorities will be mostly in the area of the reform of the judiciary and public administration.
Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, said that the government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is waiting for a data to start accession negotiations and the liberalisation of the Visa regime
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||General view of the press conference room: arrival
||Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, saying (in ENGLISH) that if this positive progress continues, then his intention is to propose during the Slovenian presidency a set of benchmarks to fulfill for the launch of the accession negotiations. This benchmarks will take the form of key priorities relating to issues that concerns mostly the reform of the judiciary and public administration.
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||Olli Rehn saying (in ENGLISH) on benchmarks that they are mostly related to the reform of the judiciary and public administration and enhancing the business environment in the country by improving the rule of law and straightening the independence of regulatory and supervisory agencies. This are very important elements in order to prepare the country for access negotiations.
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||Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, saying (in MACEDONIAN with translation to ENGLISH) that he will continue the approach of dedication to the reform and cooperation with the EU, the full implementation of law in the Republic of Macedonia, and of course, working and expecting to receive a data for the starting of negotiations with the EU and the liberalisation of the VISA regime.
||Nikola Gruesvski saying (in MACEDONIAN) on the VISA regime between FYROM and Albania that this issues has many dimensions and it's important to maintain good relations with Albania. The government of the Republic of Macedonia is considering to find some solution that will not violate the EU directives but in other hand that will help both the citizens of Macedonia and Albania for easier movements in both countries.
||Handshake between Olli Rehn and Nikola Gruevski and departure (2 shots)