MEPs urge Macedonia to form a new government

People wave national flags during a protest in front of the Government building in Skopje, Macedonia, on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Macedonian opposition started massive demonstrations Sunday in Skopje protesting against the conservative government of the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, demanding its resignation. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Macedonia Anti Government Protest

The European Parliament resolution urges the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FROM° to swiftly form a new and stable government, stay on its EU integration path and fully commit to robust reforms in the areas of rule of law, justice, corruption, fundamental rights, home affairs and good neighbourly relations. Once there is tangible progress in implementing the 2015 Pržino agreement and urgent reform priorities, the European Parliament is in favour of opening EU accession negotiations, MEPs say.

They regret that Skopje is still backsliding on the reform of judiciary and deplore recurrent political interference in the appointment and promotion of judges and prosecutors. MEPs are also concerned about the political attack on the Special Prosecutor’s Office and obstruction of its work.

Rapporteur Ivo Vajgl said “It is of utmost importance for Macedonia to have a new government with solid support within the Parliament. After the first failed attempt to form a government, the President of Macedonia should proceed according to the country’s Constitution and in line with democratic practices, and give the mandate to the party that can pull Macedonia out of its political crisis. The resolution on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was passed by 54 votes to 8.

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