the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Jan 2017
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods - Aug 2016
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods and Mudslides - Aug 2015
- South-Eastern Europe: Floods - Feb 2015
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Dec 2014
- FYR Macedonia: Floods - Feb 2013
- Europe/Northern Africa: Cold Wave - Jan 2012
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Forest Fires - Jul 2007
- Central/Eastern Europe: Heat Wave - Jul 2007
Introduction and overview of activities
The Secretary General appointed me to be his Special Representative on Migration and Refugees as of 1 February 2016. I am the first person to hold the post, the creation of which was announced in December 2015. My first mandate was for two years; a second two-year mandate has recently been agreed.
Considering that “Europe’s panicked response to the refugee and migration crisis is crushing Greece between two brutal realities: the closure by ‘the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’ of its border with Greece and the imposition of the EU-Turkey Agreement in the Aegean islands”, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today concluded that “the first victims of the situation in Greece are the refugees and migrants”, of whom 46,000 individuals are blocked on the mainland and some 8,500 on the Aegean islands.
Strasbourg, 11.05.2016 - A new report addressing the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” was published today by Tomáš Boček, the Special Representative on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe’s Secretary General. The report is based on his fact-finding mission to the two countries from 7 to 11 March.
Refugees and migrants in the Western Balkans: the need for collective action and equitable sharing of responsibilities
REPORT from Council of Europe
“Europe has so far failed to find a proper, sustainable response to the refugee and migration crisis in the Western Balkans. Mutual trust and confidence have been undermined by unilateral actions”. Furthermore, in Europe “the focus has shifted to border controls”; “the only apparent response to all other problems is money”, said the PACE Committee on Migration, meeting in Tbilisi today.
Strasbourg, 12.09.2008 - The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, today published his report on the human-rights situation in "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".
Recommendation 1652 (2004)1
1. The situation of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) is an abnormal and temporary state that must be resolved either by return, integration in the host country or resettlement in a third country. A decision on which course to take should be a matter of priority. Pending that decision, educational provision must be made for each eventuality.
2. For refugees and IDPs education is a basic essential, as also, depending on age, are further education and vocational training.
Recommendation 1631 (2003)1
1. The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned at the high numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from various armed conflicts and human rights abuses which have occurred since the early 1990s in more than ten Council of Europe member states.
2. The precise number of the internally displaced population is difficult to determine as governments often do not keep any record of internal movements of their own populations. However, in 2002, it was estimated at between 3.2 and 3.7 million in Europe.
SG/Inf (2003) 30 23 July 2003
June 2003 in Tirana
1. Prime Minister Fatos Nano and President Alfred Moisiu praised the results of the EU Summit in Thessaloniki. At a press conference on 21 June, the two said "a worthy representation of the country's entire efforts towards EU membership was successfully crowned" at the summit. Mr Nano also promised to step up efforts in fighting organised crime, corruption and trafficking
Talks on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement
SG/Inf(2003)26 30 June 2003
May 2003 in Tirana
1. Albania's electoral reform is an ongoing process. Packages with amendments to the electoral code will be discussed in Parliament during the first week of June.
EU negotiations for the SAA and for the readmission agreement
SG/Inf(2003)18 6 May 2003
March 2003 in Tirana
Parliamentary committee on the municipality of Tirana
1. A parliamentary committee to investigate the use of public funds by the municipality of Tirana and the Ministry of Culture during 1992-2002 was set up following a long debate within and outside Parliament. It began its activities during the last week of the month. A sharp dispute immediately arose, brought about by the lack of co-operation between the municipality and the members of the committee.
SG/Inf(2003)22 23 April 2003
April 2003 in Tirana
1. The reform of the electoral system, started by the parliamentary bi-partisan committee, whose mandate ended on 7 April, has not yet been completed. However, the bi-partisan committee found an agreement on all the recommendations made by ODIHR. The still unsolved issue, to be decided in Parliament, remains the composition of the Central Electoral Commission and of the other electoral commissions.
New Party launched by Milo
SG/Inf(2003)17 14 April 2003
February 2003 in Tirana
EU negotiations on the Stabilisation and Association Agreement
SG/Inf(2002)53 19 December 2002
November 2002 in Tirana
NATO Membership Prospects
1. The North Atlantic Alliance, at its Prague summit, did not invite Albania to become a member. While seven other ex-communist countries have started Accession Talks, Albania was considered not to be ready at this stage. However, the NATO Secretary General, during his visit to the country, confirmed that Albania remains a potential candidate to be considered at a next summit.
Doc. 9519 revised
11 December 2002
Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography
Rapporteur: Mrs Ans Zwerver, Netherlands, Socialist Group
There are still 1.2 million internally displaced persons and refugees seeking durable solutions in South-Eastern Europe. Some of them have been in this situation for over ten years now.
SG/Inf(2002)50 2 December 2002
October 2002 in Tirana
SG/Inf(2002)38 / 18 October 2002
July-August 2002 in Tirana
OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Strasbourg, 16 October 2002
Original version English
REPORT BY MR ALVARO GIL-ROBLES, COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
For the attention of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
TABLE OF CONTENTS
III. The human rights situation in Kosovo
1. Which human rights ?
2. Who is accountable ?