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Parties agree in principle on Jean Monnet dialogue, says MEP Vajgl

Parties agree in principle on Jean Monnet dialogue, says MEP Vajgl

Skopje, 10 November 2017 (MIA) - All parliamentary political parties have agreed in principle to the "Jean Monnet" dialogue, said European Parliament's Macedonia Rapporteur Ivo Vajgl after two-day talks with coordinators of MP groups.

"There is a spirit of cooperation and wish to work in the country's interest. All political parties have demonstrated will to put the country's interests first", said Vajgl at Friday's joint press conference with Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi.

He said the "Jean Monnet" initiative was not a replacement or continuation of the Przino Agreement, but aimed at opening a dialogue without the public and media pressure, contributing to the constructive functioning of the Parliament.

"I assure you that the EP gives full support to the enlargement process. It is important for Macedonia to implement ambitious reforms that are essential for the sooner opening of EU accession talks. However, I cannot specify a date for this", added Vajgl.

Asked how could MPs sit at the same table when there is still no outcome from the  April 27 incidents in the Parliament, the MEP expressed hope that political parties would learn lessons from the painful experience, whereas the meeting near Paris would only debate on the problems while the Parliament remains the place for their settlement.

He specified the last week of January as a possible date for the first meeting, which would tackle the Parliament's Rules of Procedures, the Code of Ethics for MPs and the rule of law. MP group coordinators and another deputy from each group would attend the meeting, alongside Speaker Xhaferi, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, a Government official, and representative of the French Parliament as the host country.

Speaker Xhaferi said the Parliament is prepared to follow and fully implement EU recommendations, which benefit Macedonian institutions and citizens.

"We are prepared to open the Jean Monnet dialogue as a new dimension in the talks among parliamentary groups, which can afterwards continue in Macedonia, so that the next EC progress report opens the door for the start of Union accession talks", underlined Xhaferi. ik/14:49

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