On Friday 15 January Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, will visit Skopje.

Meeting with the representatives of the four main political parties who signed a political agreement last June/July, Commissioner Hahn will reiterate their responsibility to implement their agreement, including the need to ensure the conditions for credible elections, according to the deadlines which they had agreed.

Commissioner Hahn will also recall the importance of implementing the Urgent Reform Priorities to which the leaders have also committed themselves.

Ahead of the visit, Commissioner Hahn said: "15 January is a key deadline of the political agreement, the implementation of which is important both for the government and the citizens of the country. I expect that the outstanding elements of the political agreement will be resolved before or during my visit, allowing the election authorities to organise credible elections according to the agreed timetable."

(For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)