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Commissioner Hahn to visit Macedonia on 14 or 15 January.

The European Commission confirmed Monday that Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negations, would pay a visit to the Republic of Macedonia in order to inspect how the Przino agreement and the urgent reform priorities recommended by the EC were being implemented.

MIA's Brussels-based correspondent reports that the spokesperson for the EU's informal government, Catherine Ray, gave an affirmative reply to the questions of whether Commissioner Hahn, according to the letter he sent to Macedonia's four major political parties, in end December, would visit the country soon.

"I confirm that Commissioner Hahn is going to visit Skopje in January but I don't have a date. The aim of his visit is to make an assessment of the situation," she said.

According to information from Commissioner Hahn's office, he is going to visit Macedonia either on 14 or 15 January, which overlaps with the timing when Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is expected to tender his notice of resignation whereupon a caretaker government would be formed with a new mandatary and with the only task of organizing early parliamentary elections on 24 April.

Commissioner Hahn's visit to Macedonia will apparently not take place concurrently with the visit of the three Members of the European Parliament, Eduard Kukan, Ivo Vajgl and Richard Howitt set for 11 January.

Bearing in mind everything that has happened in the past two or three months, will Commissioner Hahn back what has earlier been agreed--that elections should be held on 24 April 2016? Dimitar Mircev, a university professor and former diplomat, has told Denvnik that the situation is clear. In other words, he says, the agreement has already been put in effect and the institutional conditions for holding the elections have been met.

In his opinion, the international community is aware of this but it also feels there are some obstructions caused by one of the parties to the Przino agreement, and this has prompted Hahn's visit.

According to Zidas Daskalovski, Professor and Director of the Center for Research and Policy Making, the uncertainty has to be put an end to as soon as possible even if not all the suggestions of the international community have been met.

"The elites have to be ready to take decisions and stick to them courageously on any cost. This goes for both the governing coalition and the opposition," he says.

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Date:Jan 5, 2016
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