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In North Macedonia, despite less optimistic forecasts about the start of negotiations with the European Union, they are preparing for negotiations. Particularly engaged in preparations is the future Working Group on Chapter 24. This chapter covers issues of justice, freedom and security. Due to the changed methodology of the EU and the importance, scope and complexity of the content, Chapter 24 is the first to open, the future working group for Chapter 24 is particularly keen to prepare for the negotiations.

The Macedonian initiative to strengthen the capacity of the working group for Chapter 24 speaks of the interest in increasing the skills of the members of the working group. It also speaks of Macedonian comprehension of the impact of strengthen capacities on both the effectiveness of the negotiation process with the EU and the promotion of rule of law reforms, which benefit the country, regardless of negotiation process with the EU.

At the initiative of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of North Macedonia, the first in a series of practical, interactive workshops was held in North Macedonia from 28-30 September 2021, to be organized for a future Chapter 24 working group. The working group for Chapter 24, which participated in the workshop, is composed inter-departmentally. It includes representatives of the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the Prosecution, the Customs Administration, the Financial Police, the National Security Agency and the Secretariat for European Affairs.

This workshop was aimed at raising the awareness of the future working group for Chapter 24 on the importance of internal and external communication for the negotiation process. The exercises consisted of the contents of Chapter 24 and communication techniques, as well as feedback and experiences of the participants, including experiences from the EU negotiation process of Slovenia and Montenegro.

At the end of the workshop, it was agreed that the workshop activities contributed to the progress in communications within the Chapter 24 Negotiating Working Group and increased awareness of the importance of communication. At the same time, working group expressed the need to continue with practical exercises and to increase the frequency of Chapter 24 working group regular meetings. With the conclusion of the first workshop, preparations for follow-up workshops tailored-made to the participants and consisted of interactive exercises began aimed at raising the communication capacity of the Chapter 24 working group. The next workshop in North Macedonia is expected to take place in February 2022.

The project is part of the programme activities of Slovenia’s Development Cooperation Programme financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

Further information:

Andreja Dolničar Jeraj

Programme Director

Centre for European Perspective


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