Part of Slovenia’s development aid to North Macedonia in the period 2021-2022 is intended to increase the capacity of communication in the negotiation process, for Chapter 24. This is a chapter that defines issues of justice, freedom and security and the field of internal affairs. It is fundamental for negotiations since negotiations begin and end with Chapters 23 and 24. Slovenia is thus upgrading its support to North Macedonia, which is provided in the field of financial investigations.
North Macedonia is waiting to set a date for the start of negotiations with the EU and is in the phase of intensive preparations for negotiations, but at the same time facing the challenge of how to enable the most efficient and inclusive negotiation process.
The effectiveness of the negotiation process is particularly affected by the capacities of the members of the Chapter 24 working group and their teamwork. The working group needs reliable interaction in the field of content (alignment with the acquis), supported by appropriate communication at all levels, from internal, external, horizontal and vertical. Preparations for the strengthening of the capacity of the working group have recently gained new, accelerated momentum with the desire for activities in North Macedonia to take place shortly, 28-30 September 2021 if possible, even before the situation regarding Covid-19 prevents this.
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.
Centre for European Perspective