EU Parliament calls for extradition of Nikola Gruevski

MEPs claimed they considered this an act of interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia

Photo: EPA Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski

The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution that set out the criteria FYROM and Albania need to meet, so that accession talks can commence in June 2019. During the plenary session MEPs also called on Hungarian authorities to extradite former FYROM prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, who had been convicted for abuse of power and sentenced to jail-time in his country before fleeing to Hungary.

While discussing the prospective accession of Balkan countries, MEP’s noted that FYROM must implement the Prespes Agreement before accession talks can be launched and welcomed the FYROM parliament’s resolution to commence the constitutional process for the implementing the Agreement. According to the resolution, this agreement is highly needed since it represents a “positive message of stability and reconciliation in the entire Western Balkan region.”

They also asked FYROM to resolve other issues that are considered problematic, for example to step up its efforts to combat money laundering, protect the judiciary from political interference and take measures to ensure the rule of law. 

Regarding Albania, the EU Parliament backed the Council’s position for accession talks to commence in June 2019, provided the country meets all the requirements. MEPs also welcomed the steady progress Albania has been making in implementing EU related reforms, albeit it noted several rule of law deficiencies, high levels of corruption in the country and the justice system’s lack of efficiency, all of which function as impediments to investments.

About Montenegro, it was stated that provided steady progress continues, the country will be ready to join the EU in 2025.

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