Debate for stability in Europe at SEEU
28 September 2010
“EU integration as an instrument for stability and security" was the topic of the debate held in SEEU , on Friday ( 24 September 2010 ) in the organization of the Foundation Open Society Institute-Macedonia (FOSIM) and the Macedonian Centre for European Training (MCET)
The Ambassador of Greece in R.Macedonia, Alexandra Papadopoulou , Slovenian Deputy Ambassador Aleska Sovinc , Pro-Rector for Research at SEEU Former Macedonian Ambassador to EU Blerim Reka and representative of the Stockholm Peace Research Institute, Gunila Herolf participated in the debate.
The common attitude of the participants in this debate was that Balkans does not represent a threat for stability in Europe.
Pro-Rector for Research at SEEU Former Macedonian Ambassador to EU, prof.dr Blerim Reka stressed that the Western Balkans countries must be transformed from countries that produce conflicts into democratic and open societies, whereas EU should be proactive in the direction of integration of Western Balkans.
“The main issue should be how to Europeanize Western Balkan in order not to have Balkanization of EU” said Blerim Reka. In regard to the name issue he said that this was very important question but also important for Macedonia should be internal stability. Internal stability depends on interethnic relations in the country.
“Along with the name issue we should invest in the complete implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement as a political framework or a new philosophy for functioning of the multiethnic society“, said Reka.
The ambassador of Greece in Macedonia Alexandra Papadopoulou said that she agrees with the attitude that Balkans does not represent a threat for stability in Europe and in this regard there is possibility for all countries in the region to access EU.
The representative of the Embassy of Slovenia in Macedonia, Aleska Sovinc stated that her country supports the Western Balkans integration in EU and these countries should build the policy of good neighbourly relations.
Gunila Herolf from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said that Western Balkans countries must become EU Members, but they should all strive to do more, because the reform process is not going fast enough.