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Screeining process for Macedonia starts tomorrow

Johannes Hahn in official visit to Macedonia; Photo: Twitter / Johannes Hahn

SKOPJE – Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia for European Affairs Bujar Osmani will lead a delegation to Brussels tomorrow to start the screening process for Chapter 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights.

This is the first of 33 delegations that will visit EU capital before June or July 2019, MIA reports. Each delegation will be responsible for one negotiating chapter.

Chapters 23 and 24, which cover the issues such as rule of law, human rights and protection of minorities, have been insisted on as the most important ones by the EU since Serbia’s and Montenegro’s accession processes started.

European Commission recommended opening of negotiations with Macedonia in its April report. At the meeting in June, Council of the European Union decided to start the process in 12 months.

Government has issued a public call for external experts to contribute to the screening process, MIA reminds.

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