Montenegro and FYROM reforms

Posted on: 11/03/2016

Plenary sessions : If the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can break its current political stalemate, hold free and fair elections soon and put its reforms back on track, then there should be no further obstacles to starting EU accession talks with it, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. In a separate resolution, they welcome Montenegro’s steady progress towards EU accession.

Summary

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: "The country is facing a critical time - not only has it been kept waiting too long at EU's door as a candidate, but it has also been confronted with the challenge of thousands of refugees at its borders", said  rapporteur Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SL). "The time has come for it to take a new step towards Euro-Atlantic integration and to start EU accession talks if the elections proceed in accordance with democratic standards", he added.

Montenegro:  "Montenegro continues to be the good news story of the Western Balkans and I am pleased that our resolution reflects that", said rapporteur Charles Tannock (ECR, UK), adding that "2016 is a very important year for Montenegro. In the year of its tenth anniversary since independence, the country is going to the polls in parliamentary elections and is in the process of crucial negotiations regarding its potential accession to NATO."

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