Marko Troshanovski: It is difficult to negotiate a new negotiation framework in a quick time

Marko Troshanovski/Photo: "Sloboden Pechat"/Slobodan Djuric

In an interview with Free Press Marko Troshanovski - president of the Institute for Democracy speaks about the topics that prevail in the public discourse during the presidential campaign, but also in the campaigns for the parliamentary elections. According to him, corruption, the Ohrid Framework Agreement and EU membership are the dominant topics that political actors address.

-Membership in the EU can create a better basis in the fight against corruption, but the work still depends on domestic resources and the readiness of political subjects to deal with it - says Troshanovski.

Regarding promises to change the negotiation framework, he is pessimistic that something can change in a short period of time.

"I think it is very difficult to negotiate a new contract. That means a new negotiation framework, and for that, the mobilization of all EU member states is needed. First of all, that requires a great capacity of diplomacy, but even more, it requires you to be an important actor in geopolitical relations, and we are not that. Our only capital is stability because the biggest concern of all international partners is the stability of the region and the country. It is more important than having access to the sea or having special resources or innovations and new technologies. With such a starting position in the negotiations, we have no conditions to change the negotiation framework," says Troshanovski.

Aggravating circumstances, according to Troshanovski, are the upcoming European elections, with which everyone will be preoccupied.

But the head of the Institute for Democracy Troshanovski believes that there are other modalities that can improve the implementation. One of them is the delayed change of the constitutional amendments, and the second could be to have a representative of the EC in the historical commission as an external observer to balance the asymmetry in power relations between the two sides.

According to him, those two things are more or less feasible, but it requires very strong diplomatic activity and determination of all political actors at home.

See the full interview below:


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