EXAMINING THE GAP BETWEEN EU FUNDAMENTAL VALUES IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: A CASE STUDY OF MACEDONIA’S JOURNEY TOWARD EU ACCESSION

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Larisa Vasileska
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7927-7720

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The objective of this paper is to assess the gap between the EU’s commitment to its values and the fairness of its accession process, in particular the Macedonian journey to the EU, which is not only contradictory to the EU’s core values but also contradictory to the principle of equal rights and self-determination. For this purpose, the methodology consists of conducting qualitative analysis based on two bilateral agreements and analyzing the evolution of EU requirements and their implications. The paper argues that rather than enforcing the Copenhagen criteria and making the country’s pre-accession progress contingent on the strengthening of the rule of law, the EU has expended enormous effort in what was essentially a political bilateral dispute between states, with the resolution of the dispute to be replaced as a pre-accession criterion. The paper concludes that the EU should return to its fundamental values and prioritize merit-based criteria in the enlargement process, not a politically based decision. 

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Vasileska, Larisa. 2024. “EXAMINING THE GAP BETWEEN EU FUNDAMENTAL VALUES IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: A CASE STUDY OF MACEDONIA’S JOURNEY TOWARD EU ACCESSION ”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 10 (1):61-80. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA24101063v.
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Larisa Vasileska, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” - Bitola, Republic of Macedonia

Larisa Vasileska is currently an associate professor of law and legal studies. Larisa’s home institution is the University of St. Kliment Ohridski in Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. She teaches courses in International Law, International Criminal Law, Rule of Law Seminar, Crime and Detection, Introduction to Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Customs Criminal Law, and Customs Law. In the 2022–23 academic year, Larisa was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence, Italy, a Visiting Scholar and a Visiting Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law, and the Getty College of Arts & Sciences from 2015–2018 in Ohio, USA. She has written numerous papers on principles of international law, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law: "Recognition of Human Rights and Equality of Nations in International Law"; "Ensuring international respect for the fundamental human right of people to self-determination", “Political “Idealistic” Leadership and the Rule of law”, “Corruption – the Cancer of Society”; “Relationship between Ethics, Rule of Law and State Leadership”, “Radical Islamization: Myth and Reality of the Lone Wolf Terrorism”, “Illicit trafficking of cultural heritage items as an international crime: characteristics and responses” “Mystery of the “homegrown” Islamic extremists”, “Legitimacy of ICC for prosecuting grand corruption as a violation of human rights”, “Review of international criminal acts related to transnational crime”, “Meddling with Justice and Rule of Law: Corruption and Culture of impunity", etc.