Kovacevski: We have a European proposal with all our requirements
We have before us a European proposal for unblocking our European integrations and it depends on us what decision we will make for the future of our children and for the Europeanization of our country, said Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski.
According to him, the new modified proposal is no longer just French, but a European proposal, which includes all our requests and remarks that were presented in the previous version of the proposed text.
“With a cold mind, responsibly lead the country on the right path and take a step forward,” said Prime Minister Kovacevski, adding that we must follow the path we have set or else we will remain woven in the Balkans. “There is no deviation from that road, neither left nor right, and now is the time to make a decision,” Kovacevski told a news conference today.
He added that he is pleased that at the EU-Western Balkans Summit last week we did not accept the proposed initial text and indicated exactly what we are looking for and what we want.
“Now we have a proposal that includes all our requests,” added the Prime Minister, announcing that before the Government gives the final answer whether it will accept the proposal, it will implement consultations with all institutions in the country, with the President of the Republic, the Assembly , political parties, the non-governmental sector and professional opinion.
Although the Government may take its decision on the proposal, the opinion of the Assembly will be sought, which will have to decide whether to do so in plenary session or whether the competent parliamentary committees will decide on the document.
The country does not have a deadline by which to respond and it is up to us whether we will start our journey in a few days or weeks or whether we will drag it out.
The changes in the new European proposal compared to the previous version refer to the acceptance of our request not to include in the framework of the negotiations the protocol deriving from Article 12 of the bilateral good neighborly agreement with Bulgaria and the implementation of the obligations deriving from it, thus no historical issues were included in the negotiations.
The second change refers to the time of the start of negotiations. The first proposal envisaged that with its acceptance, the first intergovernmental conference would be formally held, but after changing the Constitution for the “inclusion of Bulgarians”, the second intergovernmental conference would be held and then negotiations would begin with all the envisaged processes. With the new proposal, negotiations begin with the holding of the first intergovernmental conference when the review process will begin and in which period the Constitution should be amended, which in the Preamble and Amendment 12, in the part where members of other nations are listed except the Macedonian people living in the country, including Croats, Montenegrins and Bulgarians. With the automatic completion of these processes, the second intergovernmental conference will be held and negotiations by groups will begin.
The framework also states that it will be translated into Macedonian, without any additions, explanations or footnotes, but the minutes of the EU Council meeting, which will approve the framework, leave only room for Bulgaria to make statements. one-sided in which she would explain her position on language but does not become part of the negotiating framework. Our country has the same right to add a one-sided statement to the minutes on this issue.