Republic of Northern Macedonia in the integration process of the European Union

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Thesis Language: Turkish


Supervisor: Kader Özlem


The Western Balkans Region, which consists of Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia, is one of the regions that the EU wants to complete the membership process as a first step in the enlargement phase. It is known that Northern Macedonia, one of the states in this geography, applied for membership in 2004 as one of the five candidate states (Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Iceland) of European Union membership. The Candidate Status of Northern Macedonia, guaranteed by the EU Council in 2005, has been maintained to date with different economic partnerships and visa exemptions. In the entegration process, Northern Macedonia’s foreign policy problems at the stage of full membership in Northern Macedonia relations and compliance with EU progress reports are among the targets to be achieved. Undoubtedly, the social constructivist policy of the EU is an effective driving force in the implementation of political and legal reform movements of Northern Macedonia. In this context, the name dispute with Greece, which is the main reason preventing Northern Macedonia’s accession recently, has disappeared. This is proof that Northern Macedonia has made significant progress in the European Union Integration Process. In our three-part study, Northern Macedonia’s EU membership process has been discussed in terms of social constructivist approach in the EU integration process. It covered the EU membership criteria and what reforms Northern Macedonia should implement in its EU membership. In our study, it was seen that the acceptance of the Republic of Northern Macedonia to the EU can only be realized with the EU reforms which include social constructivist approach. The resolution of socio-cultural and ethnic issues with other Balkan states is another factor.