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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the site of the European Parliament's Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee.

As the elected Chair of the delegation, I preside over our delegation's regular meetings and act as a Co-Chair of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) with the Sobranie - the parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia. JPC meetings take place twice per year, alternating between the working places of the European Parliament and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The JPC considers all aspects of relations between the EU and the Republic of North Macedonia, particularly the implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. The JPC may make recommendations to the European Parliament, to the Assembly and Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, to the Council of the EU and to the European Commission.

We are working together with our counterparts in the Sobranie to strengthen the activities of the JPC. I believe that parliamentary cooperation is a key part of the enlargement process, and I will work to ensure that a parliamentary perspective is included in discussions and negotiations.

The JPC is striving to contribute to an improved political atmosphere in the country and accelerate the EU accession process because we believe that obstructing the process of European integration could lead to undesired situations. The less the European Union does in the country, the more others will do, but not necessarily in line with our common interests.

In this post-crisis situation, I look forward to working with a fully functional JPC where all parliamentary parties are represented. It is up to both the government and the opposition to actively improve the political environment and ensure that constructive political debate takes place within the Parliament. My delegation is ready to support our partners in their efforts and engage in a fruitful and productive parliamentary dialogue.

Alojz Peterle