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Rapporteur in Skopje welcomes authorities' open approach

PACE rapporteur in Skopje welcomes open approach, urges continued dialogue on working of parliament

PACE rapporteur Robert Walter (United Kingdom, EDG), ending a two-day visit to Skopje, has welcomed the constructive and open attitude of the authorities of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” in discussing the Assembly’s latest proposals for strengthening the rule of law, democracy and human rights in the country.

“The Macedonian authorities face a number of challenges, and we had a chance to review the issues where progress is still needed,” said Mr Walter, who is PACE’s rapporteur on post-monitoring dialogue with Skopje. “I believe that greater co-operation with the Council of Europe could help the country to draw closer to the Council’s democratic standards, aiding it on the path to European integration, while also enabling it to meet the diverse expectations of the public.”

He added: “However, I am also disappointed by the suspension of the work of the parliamentary working group responsible for implementing the 1 March 2013 agreement between the major political parties, which ended the 2012 political stand-off. The working group was close to reaching an agreement, which would have improved the work of parliament. I therefore call on the main opposition party to re-consider its position, which would enable this group to finish its work.”