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Monday, October 15, 2018, 

MEP Valjgl: EU supports Macedonia’s government to proceed with implementation of Prespa Agreement

MEP Valjgl: EU supports Macedonia’s government to proceed with implementation of Prespa Agreement

Skopje, 10 October 2018 (MIA) – A failure of political elites to respect the Prespa Agreement would make the country’s Euro-Atlantic perspective unpredictable, EP rapporteur for Macedonia Ivo Vajgl says in an interview with TV Klan Macedonia.

Yesterday, the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) by 47 votes ‘for’, nine ‘against’ and one ‘restrained’ adopted Vajgl’s report on Macedonia, which supports a launch of the country’s EU accession talks in June of 2019.

‘The main message is that the European Union, including the European Commission, Parliament, Council, supports the Macedonian government to keep implementing the Prespa Agreement,’ Vajgl says, notifying that his report also covers the country’s progress in harmonizing the national with EU legislation in the spheres of judiciary, media freedom, human rights.

We would also like to see a greater unity for political matters closely related to the country’s future, Vajgl says.

It is difficult, he says, to understand why large parties, such as VMRO-DPMNE, fail to support the Prespa Agreement – an excellent opportunity for the country to move forward.

‘I don’t believe that there would be another such opportunity for the country. Any possibility of disrespecting the agreement would make the country’s Euro-Atlantic perspective unpredictable,’ Vajgl says.

It’s vital for Macedonia to seize this unique opportunity, Vajgl says, pointing out VMRO-DPMNE as main culprit for the post-referendum developments in the country.

‘VMRO-DPMNE is not only a political party but part of Macedonia’s history, which means that the responsibility of its leadership should be viewed in relation with the country’s history and the future. Everybody must understand  the importance for Macedonia to seize this opportunity,’ Valjgl says. lk/19:33

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