Croatia and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia progress reports 2007: extracts from the joint debate with the participation of Olli Rehn

Type: Report   Reference: I-057003   Duration: 10:53:37  Lieu:
End production: 09/04/2008   First transmission: 09/04/2008
The Members of the EP debated progress made by Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia towards EU accession. The Foreign Affairs Committee stressed the need for Croatia to resolve outstanding bilateral border issues, and reiterated that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's bilateral name dispute with Greece should not obstruct former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's EU accession process, in two reports, that are generally positive about on the two countries' progress towards EU accession

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10:50:10 Title 00:00:04
10:50:15 Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels 00:00:05
10:50:20 Hannes Swoboda, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) on Croatia; saying that he would have hoped to complete the negotiations in 2008 but that is not possible neither realistic; but he would ask his colleagues to look to a realistic debate in 2009 for a conclusion of the negotiations so that a new EP can approve it; they must make every effort so that Croatia becomes a Member State in 2011; it is an objective which they should support 00:00:31
10:50:51 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:50:55 Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, (in ENGLISH) on Croatia; saying that the Commission is ready to process negotiating positions in the various chapters once benchmarks are met; essentially the ball is now in Croatia's quarter; the sooner concrete results are achieved, the sooner Croatia will join the European Union 00:00:21
10:51:16 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:04
10:51:20 Janez Lenarčič, Slovenian State Secretary for European Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) on Croatia; saying that the reforms of the administration, the fight against corruption, the return of refugees and full cooperation with ICTY, the International Criminal Court of the Hague, all these are important areas where Croatia has got to continue in its efforts 00:00:24
10:51:44 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:51:49 Erik Meijer, Member of the EP, (in DUTCH) on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; saying that they should not choose between two States fighting for the name of Macedonia; for the accession country Macedonia is a name used a hundred years in opposition to the Ottoman Empire; Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are neighbours but they have a great history in common; for Greece, Macedonia is the name of the region Thessaloniki 00:00:31
10:52:20 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:52:24 Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH) on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; saying that they have established eight benchmarks derived from the key priorities of the new accession partnership; eight recommendations to start accession negotiations will depend upon progress which the country has made in meeting these benchmarks 00:00:19
10:52:43 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:52:46 Janez Lenarčič (in SLOVENIAN) on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; whishing a rapid solution for the problem of the name; regretting that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia could not enter into NATO during the last summit and wishing that it could be possible soon 00:00:32
10:53:18 Cutaway 00:00:02
10:53:20 Bernd Posselt, Member of the EP, (in GERMAN) on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; saying that they should avoid that the country becomes hostage of bilateral problems; he would hope that his Greek colleagues can work against the repeat of the mistake made in Bucharest which has destabilised the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 00:00:17
10:53:37 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:05
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