Prizno Agreement: all-party agreement still needed, say EP mediators
Members of the European Parliament Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SI), Richard Howitt (S&D, UK) and Eduard Kukan (EPP, SK), EP mediators for the 15 July 2015 Przino Agreement, after talks with all parties in Skopje, take note of the vote of the Macedonian parliament to set a new date to hold parliamentary elections on 5 June 2016 but insist all-party agreement remains essential to fulfil all elements of the agreement which can put the country back on track towards the Euro-Atlantic perspective.
Mr Vajgl, Howitt and Kukan issued the following statement today:
"We take note of the decision by the majority in the Parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for ensuring that the Przino Agreement Process continues and by voting to hold early parliamentary elections on 5 June 2016. Whilst we regret the missed opportunity to find a consensus between all parties, we hope the issues we as mediators have discussed today with all the parties, will help identify the critical issues which can provide the basis of achieving a final agreement to enable the new elections to be credible .
"We remind all parties and all people in the country that the full implementation of the political agreement and the pursuit of the Urgent Reform Priorities are essential to maintain the positive recommendation for EU accession talks to be opened.
"There is no short-cut and no alternative to the Przino Agreement and we call on the political parties to achieve consensus on these reforms, as the only way of ensuring the country's just path to Euro-Atlantic integration and the European perspective.
"As the European Parliament's mediators in this process, we urge the political leaders to continue their commitment to reforms and we hope our presence today demonstrates our deep commitment to them, to the people of the country and to its European future.
"We dearly hope that all the political parties will make efforts to create the conditions for credible elections. We reiterate that the European Parliament will be present during the election period to support this objective and to pursue democratic development in the interests, most of all, of the Macedonian people."
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.