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Parliamentary questions
4 August 2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)

 Subject: Government repression of dissidents in FYROM

Vladimir Milcin is a citizen of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and the director of an independent research institute which has been strongly critical of the Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, and his government. A few weeks ago, a government commission accused Milcin of having been a spy during the communist era in Yugoslavia, despite evidence to the contrary. According to commentators writing in the press, the charges against Milcin were fabricated by Gruevski’s government in an attempt to put an end to his dissident political activities. They maintain that this constitutes an abuse of power by the Prime Minister of FYROM and that it could signal the beginning of a systematic campaign of repression against dissidents, conducted through the abovementioned government commission (the ‘Lustration Commission’, which was set up in 2008).

Given that FYROM is an EU candidate country, does the Commission consider that, should they be confirmed, the above actions by the FYROM government would constitute a serious violation of the Accession Partnership between the EU and FYROM, and in particular of the clauses requiring FYROM to carry out democratic and institutional reforms?

Does it consider that the FYROM accession negotiations should be kept under review until this matter is clarified?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 146 E, 24/05/2012
Last updated: 18 August 2011Legal notice