Members of the European Parliament Richard Howitt (S&D, UK), Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK) and Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SI), EP mediators for the 15 July 2015 Pržino Agreement, welcome the agreement reached by the four main political parties to continue to implement the Pržino Agreement, and the commitments made on 20 July 2016, including improving the media environment and their agreement to hold early parliamentary elections on 11 December 2016.
MEPs Howitt, Kukan and Vajgl issued the following statement today:
“We welcome the outcome from last night’s meeting in Skopje of the leaders of the four main political parties as a renewal of their commitment to implement the Pržino Agreement, including by improving the media environment and holding early parliamentary elections on 11 December 2016.
We hope that last night’s commitments by the four main political parties will be delivered upon in order to help steer the country away from recent political crises and back towards its European and Euro-Atlantic path. In this respect, we will continue to support the process of political dialogue aimed at fulfilling the commitments laid out in the Pržino Agreement, especially the carrying out of credible elections, the strengthening of the rule of law and the implementation of the Urgent Reform Priorities.
We call on all political parties to work with responsibility and in the common interest of the country and ensure that their conduct during the electoral campaign builds confidence in the integrity of the electoral process and its outcome. As previously stated, the European Parliament will be present during the election period to support this objective.
The country has endured this protracted crisis for too long and we, as the European Parliament’s mediators in this process, again urge the political leaders to show responsibility and deliver upon their existing commitments and to the democratic aspirations and interests, most of all, of the Macedonian people.“
Note to Editors:
MEPs Richard Howitt, Eduard Kukan and Ivo Vajgl were appointed by the EP Conference of Presidents (President of the European Parliament and leaders of the political groups) in July 2015 to mediate, together with the EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in the talks between political forces in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.