Members of the European Parliament Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK), Knut Fleckenstein (S&D, DE) and Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SI), EP mediators for the 15 July 2015 Pržino Agreement, issued the following statement after Wednesday’s plenary debate on the situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:
“We have heard a very clear call from the majority of the Members of the European Parliament to the political parties in Skopje to respect the results of the recent parliamentary elections, end the current uncertainty and divisive political stand-off and establish a government without further delay. We cannot stress enough that the delaying tactics being used in the Sobranie must end and parliamentary procedures must be respected to allow the appointment of a new Speaker of the Assembly and open the way to form a government. We heard a real sense of concern in the plenary that political brinkmanship is damaging the economy and risks destabilising peace in the country.
We also heard the plenary of the European Parliament echoing the real prospect that the vote on the 2016 Country Report might be further postponed in the face of such uncertainty in the country, which would also mean that the country is not able to maintain the positive recommendation to open EU accession negotiations.
We believe there is an alternative to the current crisis, as such we urge all the leaders and members of the political parties to refocus on the interests of all Macedonians by establishing a government without delay and by continuing the path towards Europe.”
You can catch up with the debate via Plenary on Demand.