Yesterday, European Parliament expressed its concern regarding the political situation in Macedonia at a plenary session where they discussed the report prepared by Ivo Vajgl on Macedonia’s progress in 2016.

The MEPs remarked that the situation in Macedonia is very serious and that the deepening of the political crisis jeopardizes the European perspective of the country.

They asked that the processes be unblocked for constituting Parliament and for forming a government.

The representative of the Maltese presidency, Jan Borg, speaking on behalf of the Council of the European Union, said that Macedonia suffers from polarization and culture divisions and that systemic deficiencies were noticed in the judicial system, human rights and the fight against corruption.

Rapporteur Vajgl stressed that Parliament cannot work even if a new government is formed because of systemic obstructions and the behavior of the Head of state. He also called upon the countries in the region not to interfere in Macedonia’s internal political affairs especially when the situation in the country is so problematic and complicated.

Shadow rapporteur MEP Knut Fleckenstein, said that it is bad to hold a whole country hostage because the expectations of one party to remain in power didn’t materialize.

MEP and  shadow rapporteur Eduard Kukan, called upon President Ivanov “to start respecting the will of the majority and to give the mandate for forming a government, and for Parliament to start working normally.”