In the past decades, Republic of Macedonia on its way to the European Union has made significant reforms in the overall socio-economic, political, cultural and social system. The foundation of these European-oriented reform processes is human freedoms and rights, their promotion in practice and providing protection according to European standards and principles. Among other things, the reform process has being implemented through the multi-annual harmonization of the national legislation with the European acquis in all the areas of the society. The regulation that refers to human freedoms and rights is of a particular importance to the structure of harmonization and approximation. In addition, it can be said that this process has two opposite tendencies in our country: on the one hand, there is a strongly expressed declarative will of the political establishment for the Europeanization of the Macedonian legal system, and, on the other, there are continuous violations of the human freedoms and rights by the institutions that, at the very same time, are being Europeanized. This dilemma has a security, social, economic and wider national significance on the way to the EU and NATO. The establishment of an effective system for protection of fundamental freedoms and rights is determined by the constellation of the social, political, economic, cultural conditions and relations, and it has an impact on the democratization of the national institutions and the strengthening of citizens' confidence in their credibility and integrity. The harmonization of the national regulations and the daily adaptation of the institutions are unthinkable without a consistent respect for human freedoms and rights.
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