Interview of Deputy PM Teuta Arifi with RFE


We should work on reforms on the whole. The things are good, there is good activity but still there is much to be done in relation to reforms and efficiency of the public administration. We should not neglect the fact that judiciary and the entire process is being monitored by the EU and also here there’s work to be done, Deputy PM for EU Affairs Teuta Arifi stated in the interview for Radio Free Europe (RFE).
- I cannot say that reforms in the judiciary are lagging but I consider that we can change the image towards better and it can be done. I held meetings with high judicial officials and I see will and preparedness. This preparedness should be shown and I think it will be appreciated from Brussels as well, Arifi said.
Asked about her optimism that Macedonia will receive good EC progress report in October, Arifi said, “optimism cannot be based on your wishes but on what you are doing.”
- I based the optimism on how we firstly responded to Sannino’s list. And according to this we could give new incentive to the processes. We have conducted good elections, which I think will be recognised in the report. I think we receive passing grade in the report and we should be satisfied with this. I expect realistic report, to note where we are good and where we should improve and we to do this, Arifi said.
Regarding the dispute with Greece, Arifi said that good will and preparedness for resolving this issue should continue to be presented and also this will should be presented by other party.
- I have always seen the will and preparedness as positive and I think that good will and preparedness should continue to be presented as well as the same will should be presented by other party. But as I have said before for us this issue is more urgent and more important than the other side because we are outside of the club and they are inside and in this way they can block us. It is not in our interest to stay out of the process because this Euro-Atlantic process is important. We should give incentive, show good will, introduce energy to get out of the blockade because finally it is in our interest, Deputy PM for EU Affairs Teuta Arifi stated in the interview for Radio Free Europe (RFE).
 

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