EU Commissioner for Enlargement and the neighboring policy Johannes Hahn this afternoon talked over the phone with opposition leader Zoran Zaev “to clarify one of the issues related to the inter-party dialogue in which the European Union is a facilitator, in order to reach an agreement in Skopje on June 2,” reads the statement of the EC , posted on their official webpage.
The telephone conversation between Hahn and Zaev came after opposition leader announced at today’s press conference that he will not participate in the talks scheduled for 10th of June 10 in Brussels.
“The Commissioner confirmed that he fully and unambiguously supports OSCE/ODIHR assessments on the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014. He repeated the findings of ODIHR that the elections have been effectively implemented, but there were a number of serious objections, particularly in inadequate separation between party and state activities, accusations of voter intimidation and media bias in favor of ruling parties.
The European Commission also regularly expresses concern about the accuracy of voter lists. All these issues need to be urgently resolved in accordance with the recommendations of OSCE/ODIHR and Venice Commission recommendations, reads the statement of the informal EU Government. The European Commission has repeatedly reiterated the need to investigate all potential abuse arising from wiretapping, including those related to election fraud. Commissioner calls on all party leaders to respect the commitments made at 2nd of June to overcome the current crisis and to continue talks to find a quick and lasting agreement that must address the legitimate concerns about the rule of law and restore public confidence in state institutions. This is in the interest of all citizens of the country,” reads the statement of the EC.