EIRP Proceedings, Vol 9 (2014)

The Transfer of State Sovereignty: Analysis of Constitutional Change in Macedonia during the EU Accession Process

Abdula Azizi


This paper will focus on the need for constitutional changes, and what states must do as a result of their accession to the European Union (EU), according to the rules for admission. Each country has to decide for itself how to identify or create a constitutional basis for membership, limiting its own sovereignty by authorizing the application of sources of EU law within its own legal system. This means the overall preparation for accession and membership, i.e. a provision permitting the transfer of sovereign powers to the EU. So while Macedonia has been a candidate-country for EU membership since 2005, it is logical to analyze the need for the changes to be made, as well as further activities of the state in the process of euro-integration. Since EU membership requires a number of changes which the state should undertake, in this paper the provisions of the current Macedonian Constitution are analyzed, which are questionable and need revision, according to the principles of supremacy and the direct implementation of EU legislation in national legislation. Finally, I draw some conclusions and make some suggestions


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