Friday, 21 September 2018
Impetus of political dialogue and consensus
On the second day of the Conference of High Level Dialogue on Political Participation of Youth and Youth Policies with Parliamentarians from the Western Balkans was discussed on the impetus of political dialogue and consensus.
The President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Talat Xhaferi, stated that the political dialogue and reaching a consensus are at the top of the values and standards which define the democratic environment and political culture of a society. The right place to run the political dialogue and reach the consensus is the Assembly. We receive full support from our strategic partners, from all the highest European statesmen and politicians and from the entire European opinion, by calling on citizens to use the democratic right and on September 30th to come out and vote in the referendum, stated Xhaferi.
The MEP Eduard Kukan, who is co-chair of the Jean Monnet dialogue, stated that the Assembly and the political leadership in the country have demonstrated the ability to enter into dialogue and thus continue in establishing the implementation of reforms. He considers that youth is the key to the future of the Region and that the participation of young people in the upcoming referendum in Macedonia can be decisive in the country's European destiny and will determine the progress in the European integration of the country and the region. He underlined that the Jean Monnet dialogue on building compromise and consensus among political parties and parliamentarians can be used as a significant strategy for other parliaments in the Western Balkans as well.
Fadil Zendeli, Chairman of the Standing Inquiry Committee for Protection of Civil Freedoms and Rights, noted that the purpose of the dialogue is not signing documents, but overcoming the crisis. The political debate shall take place in the Assembly, and besides the remarks, they stand and support the referendum, because it is of a historical importance for the Republic of Macedonia and its Euro - Atlantic integration.
The co-chair of the Joint Parliamentary Committee RM-EU, Alojz Peterle, indicated that many problems of the Balkans in the past were related to insufficient respect for diversity and entities. He welcomed the agreements reached between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as the Prespa Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece. He called on the youth to seize the moment, and as he stated, to give "fuel" to the dialogue. Peterle wished good results at the end of September here, in Macedonia.