Even if the name row between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece was resolved, FYROM would still not meet all the conditions for EU membership a senior European official has said.
Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn made the claim during a presentation of the EU’s Strategy for the Western Balkans in Strasbourg.
“In the first phase, there is no question of FYROM’s membership [of] the EU yet, but it is [at] an initial negotiation stage,” Hahn said in response to a question by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA).
The EU commissioner said FYROM has many more issues to resolve.
“FYROM must meet a large list of conditions and reforms that are essentially domestic affairs, such as reforming the justice system, its secret services legislation, and the mass media sector. The list is long. The package is big and they have a lot of work to do before an assumed membership,” he said.