Maricic: We have a chance for European integration with a pure Macedonian language and identity, without any conditions
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European affairs, Bojan Maricic wrote on his Facebook profile that with the French proposal we have the opportunity to start the negotiation process in the Macedonian language, recognized by the entire European Union.
Maricic says that the previous policies and all the steps taken by this government were strategic and in the interest of the state and citizens and that they will remain consistent with the Macedonian national interests and goals.
"Until now, our policies and all the steps we have taken have been strategic and in the interest of the state and citizens. "With the French proposal, we have the opportunity to start the negotiation process in the Macedonian language, recognized by the entire European Union," wrote the vice-prime minister.
The intergovernmental conference and the screening are the first steps of the negotiation process and for all member countries they lasted about 12 months on average. After that, he clarifies, the opening of the first chapter will follow, and by then it would be necessary to include the three new ethnic communities in our Constitution, in addition to the existing seven.
"We have an opportunity for clean progress in European integration with a clean Macedonian language and identity recognized by the entire European Union. We get that without any conditions or concessions. Progress after the screening will depend on the inclusion of Bulgarians, Croats and Montenegrins in the Constitution, which is only a strengthening of our equal multicultural society. Our European progress will no longer depend on the historical issues that are covered by Bulgaria and that we need to discuss, but for which no one from the Macedonian side will be able to be conditioned. We remain consistent with our interests and Macedonian national goals. It depends on us and only us," Vice Prime Minister Maricic writes on his Facebook profile.