North Macedonia has undergone significant political changes
in recent years: the Pržino Agreements signed in 2015 and 2016 by
the main political parties have solved a long political crisis and
led to political alternation. In addition, an Office of the Special
Prosecutor was tasked with investigating possible serious malfunctions which
seemed to come to light in illegally intercepted telephone conversations.
The Monitoring Committee also welcomes the Prespa Agreement
signed in 2018 with Greece, which resolved the name issue and re-launched
the accession negotiations with NATO and the European Union – a
strategic and consensual objective in the country.
The committee notes important progress made by the country
to restore the rule of law. In particular, it welcomes the legislation
adopted regarding the judiciary and the fight against corruption
but insists on their full implementation.
In this context, the committee proposes that the Assembly
continues the post-monitoring dialogue with North Macedonia, and
asks the authorities, in particular, to strengthen the independence
of the judiciary, the fight against corruption, the consolidation
of its electoral framework, and the pursuit of inclusive policies
aimed at guaranteeing the rights of minorities.