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Four months since the NATO Summit in Bucharest Macedonia is faced
with insurmountable obstacles in its quest for Euro-Atlantic
integration. Athens has continued its pressure on NATO and EU allies
to stall or reject the Macedonian integration drive until the
country changes its name. While the European Council underlined that
further steps in the Macedonian progress towards the EU are possible
by the end of this year
maintaining good neighbourly relations,
including a negotiated and mutually acceptable solution on the name
issue, remains essential. The Center for Research and Policy Making
(CRPM) continued seeking influence in Macedonia and internationally
on the policy debate over the so-called "name issue." Our policy
study on the issue elaborates that pushing Macedonia to negotiate
the non-negotiable, its name and identity, amounts to posing
additional and undemocratic criteria for membership to the EU and
NATO, a policy that delegitimizes the principle of "conditionality"
one of the main instruments of the EU in the enlargement process.
The brief provides policy options to resolve the imbroglio arguing
that only a settlement that recognizes the Macedonians and respects
their national rights will be of lasting value and contribute to
stability and tranquility in Southeastern Europe.
Meanwhile we have also influenced the debate over the Macedonian
recognition of Kosovo producing an illuminating study. In its recent
policy briefs CRPM has also discussed various other important issues
for the country such as the Macedonian progress within the
decentralization reform regarding property taxation. We have also
made an assessment of the implications of Diagnosis Related Groups
(hereinafter: DRGs), policy measure introduced as payment tool at
hospital level health care, on various groups of women and men
(urban, rural and those belonging to an ethnic minority). CRPM
delivers a cutting edge analysis that provides the public with
relevant information on the most pressing issues facing the country.
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