COMING JEAN MONNET PROCESS MEETING CANCELLED.
The meeting that should have taken place in Skopje on 28 February and 1 March within the Jean Monnet process has been cancelled because of the parties' failure to come to an agreement, MIA reports from Brussels citing Members of the European Parliament serving as facilitators of the process.
MEPs Ivo Vajgl, Eduard Kukan and Knut Fleckenstein were notified that there were no conditions to hold the next round of talks.
"The point of the Jean Monnet process is to create an atmosphere of cooperation, agreement and compromise. If this isn't possible, if someone says this isn't possible for them, then none of this makes any sense," Vajgl said without revealing the party responsible for the cancelation of the meeting.
The opposition VMRO-DPMNE political party said several days ago that they were going to freeze their participation in the process because of the latest investigations and arrests of certain of their distinguished members. The European Parliament, however, says that the process isn't dead.
Eduard Kukan's office also said that a new round would not be held. However, he and his fellow MEP Knut Fleckenstein are going to Skopje Friday to meet with all parties outside of the Jean Monnet format, which is something in which Vajgl doesn't want to take part.
On Thursday and Friday, a delegation of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, of which Fleckenstein is also a member, is going to visit Tirana and Skopje to assess the progress the two countries have made ahead of the EU's decision to set a date for opening negotiations.
Seven MEPs led by Tunne Kelam of the European People's Party (EPP) are going to meet with representatives of the government and the opposition in both countries.
The Jean Monnet process is part of the implementation of reforms in the country bearing in mind that the issues of the Parliament's constitution are part of the 3-6-9 plan and talks are expected to help improve political dialogue.
The key topics tabled within the process include the Parliament's Rules of Procedure, the Code of Conduct, the budget independence of the Macedonian Parliament and other issues that seek to strengthen the Parliament as an institution with a central role in the EU integration reform agenda.
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|Date:||Feb 26, 2019|
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