The Demystifying of the European Politics on Enlargement: The Case With the Republic of Macedonia

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    • Presentation speakers
      • Liljana Siljanovska and Vlera Ejupi, South East European University


    In the accomplishment of the integrative function of EU, it is very important the realization of its politics which is performed with the agreements of the European Union because in it are incorporated the main aims of uniting, known as the realization of the four freedoms. It means a free movement of the people, goods, capital and services. Even though the agreements are considered as a key determinant for the existence and functioning of the Union, the European practice shows that their influence is not as big as it is usually assumed. As a matter of fact, separate acts of an agreement are not a guarantee for the development of a policy, but it can also be said that the absence of concrete acts from a particular field, can`t be an obstacle for the development of a concrete policy. It actually deals with the realization of the enlargement policy for separate countries in transition as is the case with the Republic of Macedonia. This country is a member candidate for EU eight years, it has five positive reports for its progress in the essential reforms in the political and economic system, despite the bilateral misunderstanding with Greece about the name issue imposed as an obstacle in defining the date for the beginning of the negotiations. It is to be asked if the European enlargement for the Republic of Macedonia has a double standard in the relation of the political conditions which the rest of the countries in the region had, and became members of the union. Or on the other hand the politicization of the question about euro integration demystifies the European policy of enlargement considering its consistency, deepening and functionality. The citizens in the Republic of Macedonia through the national media create an opinion that the actual European public, created by the euro-diplomats and the actual chair-country of the Union, with its different attitudes in not defining the date for the beginning of the negotiations of the country, seem to problematize the validity of the Copenhagen criteria on the behalf of the imposed problem for the misunderstanding about the name issue from only one country- a member of the Union.