Tuesday, November 14, 2006

UK Minister for Europe to visit Macedonia

he British Minister for Europe Geoff Hoon will visit Macedonia on 7 - 8 November.

"The award by the European Union of Candidate Status to Macedonia last year was both welcome and deserved. But, as with any other candidate nation, the EU's conditions for membership are tough and will be rigorously applied," Hoon said on his visit to Macedonia.

Minister Hoon will be discussing the work that meeting the conditions will involve with the new government, British Embassy said in a statement.

"No-one doubts that there is hard work ahead. This will include building a modern, independent and professional police force and an efficient and fair judiciary," Hoon said, adding that through this process, Macedonia will realize its future as a modern, democratic European state that can deliver security, justice and prosperity for its citizens.

Minister Hoon kicked off a three-day visit to the region today, visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro.

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