Deputy Prime Minister in
charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, together with a delegation from the
Secretariat for European Affairs, held a working meeting with the
representatives of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, led by
the Director, Zoran Trajcevski.
"The work of the media
and the protection of freedom of expression are important areas where we still
need progress to meet the European standards and to create capacity to deal
with the contemporary challenges of false news, hate speech, etc.," Osmani
stressed, pointing out the importance for the development of the democratic
capacities of the state, as well as the importance of fulfilling the European
criteria in the period before the new report of the European Commission.
"We have a chance in the
forthcoming period to create a fair and competitive atmosphere in which the
upcoming presidential elections will take place, and thus demonstrate the
democratic and social maturity that will be noted in the European Commission
Progress Report, and which content will depend on the confirmation of the
decision of the member states at the June summits, to start negotiations with
the EU this year," Osmani stated, pointing to the assurances he received
from the AVMS members and from Trajcevski, about the capacity, readiness and
decisiveness of the Agency to provide a fair and competitive atmosphere during
Osmani reaffirmed the
Government's willingness to cooperate in order to provide all the preconditions
and obligations related to the work of the Agency, as well as those generally
related to the media sector.
The meeting was held within
the institutional visits of the Deputy Prime Minister Osmani to the
institutions responsible for implementation of the reforms that were provided
in Plan 3-6-9 and Plan 18, as well as the implementation of other obligations
related to the European integration of the country.