In Brussels today, the screening for the compliance of Macedonian legislation with that of the European Union officially begins, MIA reported.
The Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Bojan Maricic, told MIA on the occasion of the beginning of this phase of the accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to the EU, that the screening is practically a diagnostic phase “where we are and what we should do”. He insists that now it is necessary for the country to focus on building a consensus for the continuation of European integration, building a consensus on constitutional changes and how to include the opposition in the process of negotiations and the process of European integration.
Maricic expects the screening to be completed in November 2023. Regarding the constitutional changes needed to open the clusters, he says that it will not be an easy process at all and that it is up to us when we continue with European integration.
He is confident that there will be no additional new conditions from any member state, including Bulgaria, but he said that “the conditions under which we conduct the negotiations and under which conditions we will continue after the screening are clearly defined.”
Maricic emphasized that in the compromise with Bulgaria, the Republic of North Macedonia has enough guarantees for both its identity and its language, and there is no chance or opportunity for any “assimilation or Bulgarianization” to happen.