MEPs: We are concerned by the delay in the Przhino Agreement


MEPs Ivo Vajgl, Richard Howitt and Eduard Kukan, after meeting with representatives from all the political parties, the SEC and Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva, issued a joint statement urging political parties to stop wasting time and put more effort into implementing the Przhino Agreement and all the reforms provided with it.

They stressed that the implementation of the Przhino Agreement is a political priority, and is needed to overcome the political crisis in the country. According to them, it is necessary for political parties to fully commit themselves and to focus on those parts of the agreement that are still critical.

“We strongly urged all political party representatives to spare no time and effort in implementing the Przhino Agreement and the urgent reforms. We underlined that this is a political priority which is still required to move the country beyond the recent political crises. The full dedication and focus of all parties on the remaining steps of the agreement is critical. As such, we encouraged all parties to swiftly act to prepare the voter register, with an agreed methodology for a credible level of field checks and to take steps in enhancing media freedom. We called on all parties to use the discussions this week with the European Parliament and the European Commissioner to secure agreement on the implementation of all outstanding issues.We reaffirmed that there must be full support in the country to enable the Special Prosecutor to conduct her work. We expressed concern about delays and some retrograde steps in relation to urgent reform priorities, and emphasised the aspects of the Przhino Agreement which refer to structural reforms as well as the need for all parties to engage in the Working Group convened by the European mediator on a continuous basis including during the election period.
We are convinced that taking these measures and fully implementing the Przhino Agreement (and making substantial progress in implementing the urgent reform priorities) is the way to meet the democratic aspirations of its citizens as well as for maintaining a positive recommendation to open accession negotiations, ensuring Euro-Atlantic integration and a European perspective.
Considering the importance of these elections in making progress on the Przhino Agreement and to the future democratic development of the country, we expect the European Parliament to be present around the elections as a further demonstration of our commitment and solidarity with all citizens.” Said Mr Vajgl, Howitt and Kukan in a joint statement today.

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