MACEDONIAN-GREEK PROBLEM IS NOT A EU PROBLEM
Macedonian-Greek problem with the name is unpleasant, but it is bilateral business and the European Union (EU) can not give specific suggestions here.
German Ambassador to Macedonia, Ralf Andreas Breth said this on Tuesday in Skopje in front of the members of Macedonian-German Economic Association, while presenting Berlin's priorities during the German presidency of the EU.
"I consider Macedonian-Greek relations to be good, especially regarding the economic cooperation. The name dispute certainly is unpleasant, but EU can not give specific suggestions here, that's what the mediator is for", said Breth, answering to the question of Makfax journalist.
He announced that the Process of Stabilization and Association of Macedonia to the EU would continue.
"We cannot talk about specific date, but it is clear that Macedonia must continue to work on the implementation of the necessary reforms", said Breth.
"Regarding the implementation of reforms, I said there should not be "destructive quarrels" between the politicians. Much more attention should be paid to the essential problems such as combat against crime, cadastre reforms, judiciary etc.", said Breth.
German Ambassador also pointed out that several times he pointed out to representatives of the Macedonian Government that EU topics should become topics of Macedonian citizens.
Regarding the visa regime, it is decided to start talks about its alleviation.
"These are not German-Macedonian negotiations, these are negotiations with the EU, and by the end of March regulations should be adopted contributing towards alleviating the visa regime", said Breth.
The Ambassador also pointed out that many German companies are interested in cooperation with Macedonia, and some of them would like to invest. German Ambassador declined to mention names, in the interest of the cooperation.
About the situation in the region, Ambassador Breth expressed hopes that Serbia would get a pro-European government, and said that EU supports Ahtisaari's efforts in finding solution for Kosovo's status.
During its six-month presidency of the EU, Germany will aim its efforts towards ratification of the constitution, economic dynamicity, energy policy, security policy, social dimension of EU citizens, as well as the climate changes.
Under the motto "Europe will succeed only together", German Ambassador said that the aim is EU to get closer to the citizens and stop it from becoming a project of the bureaucrats.
MD: Well, let's hope is indeed not a EU problem, they should say that to the Greeks so will stop treatening Macedonia by mention a Veto