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28 Jan 2004 description

Brussels - Supporting the SEE countries on their path towards European integration is a core task of the Stability Pact. The Macedonian EU membership application is thus, in the eyes of Special Co-ordinator Erhard Busek, another indication of the determination of the countries of the region to further integrate into Europe. However, it must also mean that FYR Macedonia not only remains committed to the reform process but also increases its scope.

22 Oct 2002 description

Brussels, 22 Oct 2002

Improved Situation in South Eastern Europe as Free Trade Dawns, Refugees Return in Record Numbers - Activity Report of the Stability Pact 2002 to EU Ministers

A free trade area with 55 million consumers as of next year, over 125'000 returned refugees in 2002 and a mechanism in place to collect small arms in illicit private possession are the major achievements of the Stability Pact this year. This progress report was presented in writing to the EU Foreign Ministers Council in Luxembourg, by Stability Pact Special Co-ordinator Erhard Busek on 21 October.

16 Sep 2002 description


Brussels, 16 September 2002 - "Yesterday's peaceful elections in fYR Macedonia is the kind of signals Southeast Europe needs more of" according to Erhard Busek. While it is up to the OSCE-led monitors to assess the quality of the election process, Busek made clear that Macedonia has managed the election day in a fashion, which is perceived as an example for the many elections to come in SEE this autumn. These are days, when international attention is focused on SEE.

15 Jul 2002 description

Brussels, 15 Jul 2002 - Since the creation of the Stability Pact (June 1999), fYR Macedonia has been a full and active participant in the three Stability Pact Working Tables, aiming at long-term stabilisation through enhancing democratic consolidation, economic prosperity and security

Working towards the fullest possible integration of the countries of Southeastern Europe into the Euro-Atlantic and European political and economic mainstream, the Stability Pact is committed to complement the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP) as the European Union's strategy towards this …

07 May 2002 description


Brussels, 7 May 2002 - Today, Special Co-ordinator Erhard Busek appointed former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner Soeren Jessen-Petersen as new Chairman of the Steering Committee on Refugee Matters. Upon his appointment, Jessen-Petersen stated that "the returns exceeding 100'000, which we have seen in 2001, is a very promising trend, but 1.2 million refugees or displaced persons are still awaiting a solution and a betterment of their situation.

10 Jun 1999 description