“The European perspective is the joining adhesive for all the processes and interests in Macedonia. Our full accession to the EU is not that close, but the way we go is important, no matter how difficult and slow the steps are. What is important are the processes and transformation,” said Kalina Gaber at the beginning of her lecture in front of the delegation of the Institute for Policy in Strumica. The Secretary of State at the Secretariat of European Affairs was a special guest during the training of “Pencho Slaveikov” class in Macedonia.

The upcoming referendum on the opinion and attitudes of our neighbours at the end of September, she commented unequivocally,” There is no room for emotions. We are under pressure by too many urgent and essential problems. Consensus and prospects are necessary to emerge from the 2008-2017 crisis.” In addition, Gaber has summed up that NATO and the EU entry is also a guarantee of the national peace at home, particularly in the context of the dynamic processes in the Balkans.

Nearly 870,000 votes are required for the referendum to be successful. It has become apparent that there were alerts for calls to Macedonians to boycott it as the main weapon for this purpose were the fake news. “There is an interest as well as there are authors of this type of action not only within the country but also beyond the borders of Macedonia”, added the high-standing guest. She specified that the consultation is advisory and not mandatory, i.e. the more citizens participate, the higher is the legitimacy of the results obtained.

“The treaty between Macedonia and Greece is a treaty between two states, not between political parties. These are national and supranational interests, not for party affiliations and viewpoints. This is too often forgotten but it shouldn’t be done like that. It is unacceptable that such key topics and ideas should be an advantage for party usage, “said Kalinka Gaber. She stated that early parliamentary elections would not benefit anyone else in Macedonia and are a prerequisite for an obvious deadlock on the road to the EU and instability within the state.

She did not miss to note the importance of an exchange of good practices among young politicians which was initiated by the Institute for Politics and pointed out that namely this kind of accumulation of energy, ambition and will is the prerequisite for a new image of the relations not only in the Balkans but also on a wider international scale.

“The ability to listen to, to conduct constructive dialogue, to build bridges for the generations is what we strive for and is a sign of maturity that is a reason for pride,” said the Secretary of State at the Secretariat of European Affairs.