16th meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Committee between the European Union and the Republic of North Macedonia Brussels, 20 June 2019
On June 20, 2019, the 16th meeting of the
Stabilisation and Association Committee between the Republic of North Macedonia
and the European Union (CSA) took place in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by
Ms. Genoveva Ruiz Kalavera, director for the Western Balkans and Ms. Kalinka
Gaber, State Secretary for European Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia.
The meeting of the SA Committee took place
a few weeks after the announcement of the enlargement package for 2019, when
the Commission again gave recommendation to the Council to open accession
negotiations with North Macedonia on the basis of its positive assessment of
the progress achieved and the fulfillment of the conditions set by the Council
in June 2018. The Committee took note of the Council's decision of 18 June 2019
to return to the matter in order to reach a clear and substantive decision as
soon as possible and October 2019 at latest.
The Stabilisation and Association Committee
noted the situation regarding the political and economic criteria, the
approximation with the European Union legislation (acquis) and the
implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. The progress
achieved in promoting EU reforms was welcomed, especially in areas identified
in the Council Conclusions of 2018, including through Plans "3-6-9"
and "Plan 18".
The European Commission has encouraged all
political parties and other stakeholders in the country to work together to
maintain and strengthen the political dialogue and to continue to implement the
EU-related agenda, including in key areas such as the judiciary, the fight
against corruption and the organised crime, intelligence, public
administration, in an inclusive and transparent manner. The European Commission
stressed the importance of maintaining progress on alignment with the EU
Both delegations reiterated the Council
Conclusions of June 18, 2019 and strongly welcomed the historic and
unprecedented Prespa Agreement and the Treaty of good neighbourly relations