Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, in a meeting Thursday in Brussels with Talat Xhaferi – the new President of Macedonia’s Parliament who was elected last week by a parliamentary majority – said the country’s legislative assembly must be allowed to work unhindered and urged all actors to refrain from provocative statements and actions.
“The Parliament must now be allowed to work unhindered. All MPs, including the opposition, are expected to play a constructive rather than obstructive role, and all actors must refrain from provocative statements and actions. Parliament must be the forum to debate the serious challenges facing the country and to provide the necessary assurances about the way forward, in the interest of all citizens and communities,” Hahn’s office said in a press release.
Commissioner Hahn, it stated, called for the focus to now be on the next steps of the process of government formation, respecting the parliamentary majority and acting in line with the Constitution and democratic principles.
Hahn welcomed the election of Xhaferi by the majority of MPs and expressed EU readiness to work with him to advance the EU reform agenda, including implementation of the Przino Agreement and the Urgent Reform Priorities.
In the meeting, Commissioner Hahn reiterated the EU’s strong condemnation of the deliberate attacks on MPs and journalists in the Parliament last week. “He warned that any repeat of such acts would seriously endanger the country’s European perspective,” said the press release.
Talat Xhaferi is paying his first official visit to Brussels by an invitation of liberal EU and EP officials, not surprisingly, it’s the same people who supported the coup.