|Members of the European Parliament Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SI), Richard Howitt (S&D, UK) and Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK), EP mediators for the implementation of the 15 July agreement between political forces in Skopje, welcomed in a statement today the return of SDSM to Parliament and stressed the need to build on this first step.|
|Mr Vajgl, Howitt and Kukan issued the following statement today:
“We firmly support the efforts 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.
We are particularly pleased to see that the first key milestone of that agreement has been achieved, namely the return to Parliament on 1 September 2015 by SDSM. Between now and the elections set for 24 April 2016 it is critical that all the key political actors and their parties build on this first step.
This agreement is an important sign of the political leaders’ strong commitment to Euro-Atlantic integration and the European perspective. We underline the need for the parties to ensure the implementation of all aspects of these commitments, including the appointment of a new Special Prosecutor by 15 September and the appointment of new Ministers and Deputy Ministers by 20 October. These are necessary and important steps to respect the agreement in order to prepare for elections to take place on 24 April 2016.
As the European Parliament’s mediators in this process, we express our full support to the political parties and people of Macedonia in the implementation of the agreement and for their commitment to 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.