MEP: Embellished EC report is problem, a lot promised in Serbia, deeds count

NEWS 01.11.2021 14:28
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Source: N1

A Slovenian member of the European Parliament (EP), Klemen Groselj, tells N1 on Monday the European Commission (EC) Report is a platform on which all policies towards countries that want to join the European Union are built, and thus expected to be objective and credible.

„If something is made to look better than it is, if there are some differences, it’s a problem not only for the EU but also for the European public and the public of potential member countries,“ he said.

He added that made deputies from several political groups in the EP asked for an explanation from the EC.

„We ask for a clear EC position to have all reports credible and that the policy of the EU and all countries that are potential members can be built on those data, „he said.

Groselj added the most significant difference was between what was seen in the Report and what happened on the ground.

„The biggest challenge for us parliamentarians is the Report which says that progress has been made in the rule of law, and we have other information from the ground saying nothing had moved at all. Implementation is important so that things change on the ground,“ he said, referring to Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Olivér Várhelyi, who was said to be in favour of Serbia despite its poor progress.

„I am most afraid that the Commissioner is following some goals more related to Budapest than to Brussels. We want every Commissioner to be aware that he is working for the benefit of EU citizens and not an EU member state, such as the Commissioner’s status. Everything written should reflect the reality of a country that wants to join the EU; some member states have problems due to public opinion about enlargement if there are questions about the Report’s credibility. We need to avoid an even stronger blockade of the enlargement process,“ he said.

Following the resignation of North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, after his party lost power in capital Skopje and some other municipalities, Groselj said that „Bulgaria irrationally blocked Northern Macedonia, due to internal political interests, and Slovenia had some open issues with Italy, so we experienced a blockade. Now that the pro-European government has fallen, Northern Macedonia is back to the past.

„In the EU, we have political forces that do not want a stronger EU through the enlargement process, but a weaker one. Hungary and (Prime Minister Victor) Orban play an important role,“ he said, adding that the EU bore a part of the responsibility for what happened in Skopje.

However, he added, the EU had no means to force a country to stop conditioning another state saying that the EU was made up of sovereign countries.

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