Resolution 100 (2000)1 on the situation of local democracy in “the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia”

The Congress,

Bearing in mind the proposal of the Chamber of Local Authorities;

1. Having examined the state of local democracy in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” on the basis of the report presented by Jean-Claude Frécon (France), and taking account of Recommendation 82 (2000) on this subject;

2. Considering the difficulties municipalities in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” are encountering and the major reforms due in the country in terms of local self-government, local finance and local and regional administrative bodies;

decides:

to monitor closely the implementation of the Recommendation on the state of local democracy in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”;

to submit a fresh report on the matter within two years at the latest;

to continue with the organisation of the Forum of Cities and Regions of Europe due to be held in Skopje in autumn 2000 as part of the activities under the Stability Pact;

Bearing in mind the draft laws submitted by the Ministry of Local Self-Government, the comments prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Macedonian authorities’ request for expert evaluation of legislative texts, confirms the undertakings entered into by the Rapporteur during his visits to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and affirms its willingness to respond positively to the Macedonian government’s wishes regarding discussion of draft laws;

Invites the Macedonian government to submit new legislative developments to the Congress before the preparation of the Rapporteur’s second report on the situation of local democracy;

6. Invites the Bureau of the Congress to consider the possibility of taking part in the monitoring of the local elections scheduled for November 2000, especially in the politically sensitive areas of the country;

7. Noting with satisfaction the Assembly of European Regions’ decision to extend its Centurio training programme to south-east European countries, including “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”;

8. Urges European towns and regions to establish partnerships with municipalities in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and to foster information and training exchanges;

9. Urges European towns and regions to support the efforts of the Local Democracy Agency in Ohrid to develop local democracy and dialogue between different communities.

1 Debated and approved by the Chamber of Local Authorities on 24 May 2000 and adopted by the Standing Committee of the Congress on 25 May 2000 (see doc. CPL (7) 8, draft Resolution, presented by Mr J.-C. FRECON, Rapporteur).