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An open letter to Commissioner Hahn

Distinguished Commissioner Hahn,

I would like to first congratulate you on the 800th anniversary since the sealing of the Magna Carta, a document which laid the foundations of modern Europe. The rule of law, which stemmed as a principle from this document made it possible for hundreds of millions of citizens of the EU member-countries to enjoy the benefits of this fundamental value of civilization. As a citizen of a European country whose citizens strive towards these gains of civilization, I address my greeting to You, since You are the one who has been charged with the noble task to promote these values all over the continent, or its only part, such as the region that my Macedonian is located in, which unfortunately, even after the 800 years of existence of Magna Carta, lacks some of the basic principles of the rule of law.

On the occasion of commemoration of this important anniversary, British Prime Minister Cameron rightfully warned that in some part of Europe today, some of the gains of this, as well as other significant historic documents born on this continent are taken for granted without taking into account the state of these values nowadays. In his speech, the British Prime Minister, whose country saw the birth of Magna Carta, alarmed that this generation of politicians in Europe has the moral obligation to do everything in its power to prevent the erosion of the foundations of modern Europe caused by the relativization of the fundamental values.

Cameron’s message is particularly important for his colleagues in the seats of the European Council, as well as You, as one of the leading people of EC whose mandate has the prerogative of preserving, as well as spreading European values, among which those in the area of the rule of law as a prerequisite for lasting peace and stability, are at the very top.
Your superiority as a European politician is not a consequence of your high salary or the accompanying privileges, but of the honor given to you to act as the keeper of Magna Carta whose protection in the course of these past 800 years caused the bloodshed of millions of our ancestors.

In these dramatic moments for my country, caused by the explicit evidence of the improper and vulgar attitude of the bearers of the highest offices in the country, exactly towards the principles of the rule of law, your superiority makes it possible for you to be much more than Stephen Langton, who as a mediator between the rebel barons and John Softsword of England, offered the text of Magna Carta as a solution towards their reconciliation. Langton’s mediation was short-lived. Without any intention to delve deeper into the details from this historic event, I believe it is easy to assume why the first attempt for Magna Carta, containing the beginnings of principles of the rule of law, failed in its attempt to put a limit to the monarch’s capriciousness, in this case King John of England, known as a person who ruled by the principle of vis et voluntas. Today, we can only speculate that Stephen Langton, as the mediator offering the Magna Carta as a compromise, was not very hopeful that a sovereign of King John’s breed would be able to understand the spirit of the text of the Magna Carta from his own position of “force and will”.

Distinguished Commissioner Hahn,

Today, you are not the Stephen Langton of the Macedonian Magna Carta who is on an impossible mission to explain to King John what the rule of law means. You are an authorized representative of Her Majesty, the EU, which is the embodiment of the Magna Carta. In order for you to be given this noble attribution today, allow me to once again remind you that millions of human lives have been invested in it through a bloody series of wars terminated with the founding of the European community which upheld the Magna Carta as its cornerstone. Therefore, Mr. Hahn, on behalf of all the victims enabling the upholding of Magna Carta, today, you have no moral right to believe that any spiritual successor of King John, who dares to rule from the position of “force and will” could serve as a guarantee for implementation of the rule of law. It is your duty today to present certificates for success in the implementation of Magna Carta on behalf of Her Majesty, the EU, and articulate them in the form of recommendations for start of negotiations.

This certificate under your jurisdiction is the strongest and at the same time highest credibility instrument that the EU has at disposal today in order to preserve its “soft power” of transformation of societies aspiring to become a part of the European family in which the relations are governed in accordance with the text and spirit of the Magna Carta. The use of this instrument for the purpose of achievement of short-term goals and daily political agreements will additionally shake the already severely damaged credibility of the EU, that you, yourself, I believe, would be concerned about.

It is not your job, or duty to decide who will rule Macedonia, who will be its Prime Minister, President, Minister or any kind of official. The duty that you have been paid for is to take care of the benefits of the Magna Carta and protect its dignity and the honor of all those who have sacrificed themselves for its success in Europe in the past 800 years.
Consequently, regardless of what the deal achieved between our politicians about the future of our state would be, as a condition to get the seventh in line recommendation for negotiations, you must not allow this October the certificate of Magna Carta to be granted to a man who can, in a given moment, label the said document weighing 800 years, toilet paper, since you are very well-acquainted with his understanding of the values contained in the document, from the many past Progress Reports drafted by your administration as well as the audio reports the contents of which is available to you in detail.

Distinguished Commissioner,

The negotiations recommendation, the negotiations themselves, as well as the entire process of enlargement into Eastern and Central Europe have resulted in welfare and prosperity for millions of people from this part of the continent. Your colleague Günter Verheugen made skillful use of the instruments at his disposal. Allow me to remind you of the case of Slovakia, when its then Prime Minister, Vladimír Mečiar tried to misuse the principles of Magna Carta and was given the red light from the EC which led to his downfall and finally opened Slovakia’s way to democratizations which was crowned with its membership to the EU. The freezing of the EU membership negotiations, as an explicit signal that the country had strayed, motivated the Slovak society to turn its back to Mečiar and head in the opposite direction. It was a historic episode which largely demonstrated the credibility of the EU instruments for the transformative power of societies. That is the reason why today you, as well as all your colleagues in the EU, are proud of the enlargement process, which you yourselves, have qualified as the EU’s most successful project.

The attempts for relativization of your instruments, such as the recommendation for negotiations, towards the achievement of certain daily political and short-term goals could draw you into a dangerous and unprecedented situation in which the recommendation, as well as entire negotiations process could be brought to a point of such banality that it would lead to you losing all the possibilities to positively affect any process, not only in Macedonia, but also in the entire region which is subject of the enlargement process.
If after everything that has been publicly revealed about Gruevski’s attitude towards the principles of the rule of law, you once again grant him the recommendation for the start of the negotiations on the basis of some (any) kind of political agreement, you are entering a vicious circle that would be very hard to escape from. If Gruevski, as you have come to know him from the audio materials, is worthy of being given the recommendation, what rights and credibility would you have to demand from Milo Đukanović in Monte Negro to respond to the EU demands to deliver “the big fish” to the face of justice? And what credibility would you have to ask from Vučić in Serbia to get back on the right track?

Distinguished commissioner, at the end, allow me, as a citizen of Macedonia to thank You personally, as well as all thank the tax-payers in the EU, for setting aside your money in order to aid the reforms in the rule of law in my country. These are hundreds of millions of euros in the least. Also, I would like to ask you, on behalf of this noble goal, to inform your tax-payers on how a large part of these millions of euros were spent, and what goals were achieved with it.

I shall make use of this address of mine to you, as a chance to thank all the EU tax-payers who have set aside some of their money so that my country could achieve the standards necessary to join the big European family along with an apology that a large part of those funds were spend on strengthening the capacities of the prosecution and the judiciary as guarantees for the rule of law which does not exist in Macedonia today. The fault for the failure in the spending of this money is to be found in me and in of all of my fellow citizens, but the EU institutions in charge of ensuring that the money of the EU tax-payers is spent in the intended way also need to take equal part of the blame.

Finally, Distinguished Commissioner, allow me to conclude this address of mine, with a quote from the British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 800 anniversary since the Magna Carta:
“Let’s keep Magna Carta alive. Because – as those barons showed, all those years ago – what we do today will shape the world, for many, many years to come.”