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North Macedonia’s European Union (EU) accession progress remains stalled due to the ongoing dispute with Bulgaria. On March 25, 2021, the European Parliament adopted the 2019–20 European Commission Report on the Western Balkan countries. The report on North Macedonia notes steady progress made in adopting EU reforms. As a result, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are calling on the EU to hold a first intergovernmental conference with North Macedonia as soon as possible, which would mark the formal start of accession negotiations. MEPs note that Bulgaria and North Macedonia have yet to come to an understanding on outstanding bilateral issues and encourage them to reach a compromise on an action plan to resolve the impasse. They note also that their previous recommendations on discrimination against citizens who openly express their Bulgarian identity and/or ethnic background have not been implemented.
Parliament work. MEPs concluded that opposition parties have a constructive role in the proper functioning of the Parliament of North Macedonia and the adoption of key legislation related to the EU and NATO reform process. The European Parliament called on the North Macedonian Parliament to improve the legislative process by minimizing the use of fast-track procedures and increasing transparency.
On March 29, the leaders of the leading Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and the opposition Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) parties agreed to:
- Postpone the census to September 5–30. The census of Macedonian nationals living abroad will continue until September 30. However, final adoption of the law on the census is pending, as the opposition Alliance for Albanians (AA) and Alternativa coalition do not support the postponement.
- Begin electoral campaigning for the forthcoming local elections on September 30, leading to the first round of voting in the second half of October.
- Ensure that the Electoral Code includes fingerprint scanners.
- Join forces on the implementation of laws related to the reform agenda, the economy, and the COVID response.
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2021