Post-monitoring dialogue with “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
Reply to Recommendation
| Doc. 13347
| 28 October 2013
- Committee of Ministers
at the 1182nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (24 October 2013). 2013 - November Standing Committee
- Reply to Recommendation
- : Recommendation 2022
1. The Committee of Ministers has carefully
examined Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 2022 (2013) on the
“Post-monitoring dialogue with “the former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia””, also in the light of Parliamentary Assembly Resolution
1949 (2013). It shares the Assembly’s view that the efforts made
by the authorities to secure the implementation of the 2001 Ohrid
Framework Agreement and to pursue reforms in the field of democracy,
human rights and the rule of law should be fully supported by the
Council of Europe and its member States.
2. The Committee of Ministers draws the Parliamentary Assembly’s
attention to the ongoing Council of Europe co-operation activities
in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. At the regional
level, a Joint European Union/Council of Europe Programme on Intercultural
Mediation for Roma Communities (ROMED), in which “the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia” is involved, has been implemented since 2011
and other regional Joint European Union/Coucil of Europe Programmes
on the Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage (Ljubljana Process II),
on the Promotion of Human Rights and Minority Protection and on
Inclusive Education are currently running. A country-specific Joint
European Union/Council of Europe Programme on the capacity building
of law enforcement agencies for appropriate treatment of detained
and sentenced persons has been implemented since December 2012.
Within the framework of the European Union High Level Accession Dialogue,
Council of Europe expertise on media legislation is also being provided
to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.
3. The Committee of Ministers welcomes the Parliamentary Assembly’s
recommendation to intensify co-operation activities in “the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and tasks the Secretariat to prepare,
in close consultation with the authorities, proposals for enhanced
co-operation in priority areas, including that of the implementation
of the 2001 Ohrid Framework Agreement, thus contributing to the
country’s European integration process.
It should be noted that a programme office was recently created
in order to ensure implementation
of the ongoing country-specific European Union/Council of Europe
Joint Programme. In the future, the programme office may also facilitate
the implementation of other European Union/Council of Europe Joint
Programmes or programmes funded by other extra-budgetary resources.