Monday, 26 September 2011
meeting of the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Trajko Veljanoski and MR. ROBERT WALTER, RAPPORTEUR OF THE COMMITTEE HONOURING THE OBLIGATIONS AND COMMITMENTS BY THE MEMBER STATE OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE (MONITORING COMMITTEE)
At the beginning of the meeting the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Trajko Veljanoski referred to the recent achievements and events in the Republic of Macedonia. He underlined the successfully executed early parliamentary elections, which affirmed the democratic capacity of the Republic of Macedonia and which were evaluated as successful. Also, in the context of our successful engagements he reminded of the last year’s successful Chairmanship with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Mr. Walter expressed his appreciation for being in the Republic of Macedonia again, this time as a Rapporteur of the Committee Honouring the Obligations and Commitments by the Member State of the Council of Europe, so called Monitoring Committee. He was interested in several issues, especially for the implementation of the Ohrid Framework agreement, the situation of the media, as well as issues connected with the work of the Assembly.
The President Veljanoski underlined the successful implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the situation of the media and the several aspects of the work of the Assembly. In this direction he underlined the positive achievements of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia in the past two years which resulted in positive evaluation for the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia in the Progress Report on the Republic of Macedonia and the overall positive evaluation for the country.
He emphasised the importance of the political dialogue, the achieved democratic progress and the progress in the respect of the human rights and freedoms. In this direction, he stressed that all this is a result of the team work, which includes the Vice Presidents, the coordinators and all MPs, regardless of the party of ethic background. In the end, the President Veljanoski expressed his conviction that this year’s Progress Report will be positive and that we will once again receive a recommendation for opening accession negotiations. He also expressed hope that, considering the achieved results, there will be no need for continuation of the post monitoring dialogue in the future.