Mr Vajgl, Howitt and Kukan issued the following statement today:
“We reconfirm our support for the efforts made by the four main parties in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to implement in full the agreement following the constructive negotiations in Skopje on 14 and 15 July and remind the parties of the need to respect all agreed-upon deadlines.
Today, we underline the importance of meeting the deadline of 20 October 2015 for appointing two new Ministers as well as five additional new Deputy Ministers as an essential step in maintaining momentum behind the 15 July Agreement and in preparation for the general elections on 24 April 2016.
In respecting these key deadlines, the political leaders are demonstrating their commitment to the implementation of the agreement and thereby to Euro-Atlantic integration and the European perspective.
As the European Parliament’s mediators in this process, we express our full support to the people of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and underline the importance of the implementation of the agreement for the future stability and prosperity of their country during these challenging times.”
Note to Editors:
Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SI), Richard Howitt (S&D, UK) and Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK) were appointed by the EP Conference of Presidents (President of the European parliament and leaders of the political groups) in July to mediate, together with the EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in the talks between political forces in Skopje.