IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EU STANDARDS IN BORDER MANAGEMENT AS A CONDITION FOR SECURE BORDERS VIS-À-VIS EU INTEGRATION PROCESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

Zlatko Nikoloski, Snezana Trajanovska

Abstract


One of the priorities of the Republic of Macedonia as well as theWestern Balkan countries is to join the European family, through integration and EUmembership. T he w ay i n w hich o ur c ountry i s m oving i n t he process o f E uropeanintegration, has some oscillations, if considered official assessments and findings of theEuropean Commission, in particular through the prism of obtaining candidate status andrecommendations for starting accession negotiations which even after a few years have noteffected in getting a start date. Since this topic has been continuously present in theprofessional and general public, it seems that relevance of the issues related to thatprocess has not been reduced. Numerous analyzes show that the attention is mostlyfocused on the "burning" issues and topics, which simultaneously affect most of the people:human rights, justice, home affairs, environment protection as well as border management.At the time when the movement of people from one country to another, is imperative forpersonal, professional and business advancement and modern functioning in all living areas,where modern vehicles provide fast and affordable travel of people for tourism purposes,great attention is inevitably paid to regulation of this field.Hence, this paper will try to stress the importance of a unified legislativeframework at national level as a prerequisite for standardized integrated bordermanagement in l ine w ith t he E U standards, with particular focus on the function andresponsibilities of FRONTEX, as the most important European body for the promotion,coordination and development of a European border management system.

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