The Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, warned on Monday that the Prespa Agreement could be in danger due to the EU’s decision not to begin accession negotiations with the Balkan Republic.
“There is a link between the implementation of the Agreement and the opening and closing of accession chapters; especially for domestic use in some cases,” Zaev said in an interview with Euronews.
The Premier of North Macedonia acknowledged that his country would not have been able to join the Union immediately, but the beginning of accession talks would have been a motive for his country to stay on the right course.
After #France’s veto against EU accession talks with #northmacedonia and #albania the PM @Zoran_Zaev
on @euronews.tv and Global Conversation about #prespaagreement, elections, #westernbalkans and risks. Full itw on air on Wednesday / @Efkouts pic.twitter.com/XqBCHsei8N
— Republic of North Macedonia in EU (@MKmissionEU) October 28, 2019
”Part of it (the Prespa Agreement) will freeze because it cannot be implemented,” the Prime Minister told the interviewer, raising concerns about the future not only for the long-awaited agreement but for the entire region as a whole.
Zaev suggested that the European prospect of North Macedonia is the only choice for the country — otherwise, negative developments will prevail, not only in the Western Balkans but in Europe as a whole.
”If they turn out the lights of the European Union’s stars, then, here will be dark; and in the dark, we will lose ourselves,” Zaev noted in his usual grandiloquent language.
It is noted that three EU member states — France, the Netherlands, and Denmark — recently vetoed the beginning of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.
This turn sparked widespread political turmoil in Skopje, leading the country to call for snap elections in April of 2020.
The current Social Democrat administration of the country has focused its efforts on making Skopje’s European aspirations a reality, but the recent negative developments have brought the country to a political stalemate.