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Macedonia Press Review – September 29, 2015

Party talks focus on the implementation of Ohrid peace accord; Special Prosecutor awaits office space; Macedonia will take 50 years to reach EU economic standards.


The implementation of the Ohrid peace accord as well as the government action plan for overcoming the current political crisis were in the focus of the of fresh round of EU sponsored inter-party talks in Skopje. The overview of the Ohrid accord, which ended the 2001 armed conflict and boosted Albanian’s rights, was brought in on the table on the insistence of the junior ruling Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, party.

The freshly elected special prosecutor who will be in charge of investigating illegal wiretapping cases has found a temporary HQ in the Ministry of Justice building. In five days the new institution is expected to get its permanent offices trough a tendering procedure.

With the current pace, Macedonia would need 50 years to get close to EU standards, the daily says conveying a report on South Eastern Europe economic performance issued by the World Bank. In the report, Macedonia, together with Montenegro, has the highest forecasted economic growth of 3.2 per cent for this year. However, the report notes that Macedonia would need much bigger growth rate in order to one day join the EU standards. The big poverty, youth unemployment and the unfavorable structure of budget expenditures are noted as the main shortcomings.

Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.

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