EPP President Joseph Daul explained the procedure for excluding members from the European People’s Party on Twitter.
– There are clear rules to exclude a party from EPP: Article 9 of our statutes clearly states that 7 members from 5 countries must send a request to the party presidency to exclude a party. We always abide by the rules but we haven’t received such a request yet,” Daul wrote on his Twitter account.
Such a message sent by the head of the EPP is likely to refer to Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party in Hungary, after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who is also a member of EPP, said that the Hungarian Prime Minister Orban and his party do not belong in this political group anymore. And the very fact that this issue of the procedure opens is a novelty and a message to the parties that embarrass the EPP on the international stage and work against the European interests, including VMRO-DPMNE.
VMRO-DPMNE fell into disrepute with the EPP over the party’s stance against the Prespa agreement, the recent referendum, and now constitutional changes, not because it has an opposite stance from the government in power, but because it has imposed a boycott by pressures and threats, and now it does the same with the vote in parliament. Daul, a few days ago, sent a message, also via Twitter, in which he said he was disappointed with the role of the main opposition party in the country, similarly as the High State Department official Mitchell pointed out yesterday in an open letter to Hristijan Mickoski.
– An important decision looms for the future of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia & the entire region within the EU & @NATO. I remain disappointed by the opposition’s role in this process to date, constructive cooperation must prevail over boycott, wrote Daul.
Yesterday, VMRO-DPMNE’s Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski participated at the EPP conference in Brussels, where he said that VMRO-DPMNE will reach a new and better agreement with Greece when the party comes to power. According to unofficial information from the leadership of VMRO-DPMNE, there are no announcements for a possible request for exclusion of VMRO-DPMNE from the family of European Christian Democrats for the time being. However, it is not excluded that the Macedonian right-wing opposition will receive a “yellow card” from the EPP in the coming days.