Vote on the 2012 progress report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia:
- extracts from the vote
- statement by Richard Stuart HOWITT (S&D, UK), rapporteur
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 08/04/2013 First transmission: 08/04/2013
The Foreign Affairs Committee voted today the 2012 FYROM Progress Report that prepares the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) for EU membership. This vote was postponed from March because of political developments in the country which the reporter, Richard HOWITT (S&D, UK) considered could drive to a negative vote on the draft resolution. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia also held election on 24 March. FYROM, together with other Western Balkans countries, was identified as a potential candidate for EU membership during the Thessaloniki European Council summit in 2003. This country applied for EU membership in March 2004 and it received the status of candidate country in December 2005. In October 2009, the Commission made recommendations to the Council to open negotiations with the country and to move to the second phase of stabilization and Association Agreements Implementations. The voted report also calls the Council to set a date "without further delay" for the start of accession negotiations and it welcomes the strengthening of the anti-corruption legal framework noticing too that corruption remains widespread in the country. Other concerns are also mentioned in this report with more than 200 amendments.
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||Exterior view of the EP in Brussels
||General view of the meeting room and the votes (8 shots)
||Final vote (1 shots)
||General view of the meeting room
||SOUNDBITE (English) - Richard Howitt: „A month ago there was one major opposition party in the country which was boycotting the local election. There was huge polarization in the country and endangering the European outlook and thanks to Commissioner Füle and myself and my EPP Conservative colleague Jerzy Buzek, the former President of the EP, we managed to get and negotiated a solution. The local elections happened and finished yesterday and we promised to have the vote because the came to an agreement and we have kept our promise and I am very proud the part we played to keep this country and European ambitions on track.”
||SOUNDBITE (English) - Richard Howitt: ”This is a report that I firmly intended, that gives hope to al those in their country, whatever their politics, what ever their nationality - there is a European future, and once again this year under my guidance the EP will say that the EU accession talks for the country should start without any delay with no qualifications. This puts the right pressure on, not only in the country, but here in Brussels too on the European Council. We have promised to look at that once again by the end of June.”