MACEDONIA UNLIKELY TO GET STARTING DATE FOR EU TALKS
Macedonia will not get a green light by the European Commission for the launch of accession talks with the EU, Skopje's daily Dnevnik said, citing a draft of the report set for release next week.
According to European Commission, political situation in Macedonia is not good, the country's administration is non-transparent, non-professional and not free of partisan influence. Furthermore, there will be no dialogue between the government and the opposition for a long period.
Brussels, according to Dnevnik daily, objects that legislators have not yet adopted new rules to strengthen parliamentary procedures on the use of Albanian language in parliament's committees. The draft-report also pinpoints the weak cohabitation between the prime minister and the head of state.
EC also criticizes the lay offs in public administration sector following the shift of power in 2006. It also objects the delay in judicial reform.
As regards the renaming of Skopje's airport, the European Commission says Greece sees the move as a provocation and breach of bilateral treaty signed in 1995, Dnevnik daily said.