Text of report by Biljana Sekulovska entitled "No date will be scheduled for Republic of Macedonia's EU membership negotiations" carried by the Macedonian A1 TV website on 31 August
A1 Television has learned from high-ranking diplomatic sources in the EU headquarters that no date will be scheduled for the Republic of Macedonia's EU membership negotiations and that this decision was adopted in Brussels a long time ago.
A potential positive assessment of the questionnaire will be formulated with many conditions, which the Macedonian government will have to meet.
The sources have told A1 Television that the economic reforms, in which the country has made absolutely no progress, are Brussels' real and biggest problem.
This is precisely why its response to Buckovski's government will read that Macedonia is still not prepared for talks with the EU.
Foreign investment, which is nonexistent in Macedonia, is the most sensitive point of the economic reforms. This has continuously been Europe's most serious objection to this government.
Buckovski has entered a critical phase, which leaves him little room to move. As a result, Brussels has sent additional questions to the government regarding its direct deals.
In the meantime, the EU is not giving up the enlargement idea, despite its rift on this issue. It will debate Croatia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania in Newport, Great Britain, in the next two days. On Friday [2 September] it will focus on Macedonia and Kosovo.
Source: A1 TV website, Skopje, in Macedonian 31 Aug 05