The European Institute of Peace (EIP) is facilitating the official review process of the implementation of the Ohrid Agreement - a 2001 peace deal signed in Skopje between the government and representatives of the ethnic Albanian community.

The European Institute of Peace (EIP) is facilitating the official review process of the implementation of the Ohrid Agreement - a 2001 peace deal signed in Skopje between the government and representatives of the ethnic Albanian community. The Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA) ended the armed conflict and laid the foundation for a stable and democratic future for the multi-ethnic country.

This week the European Institute of Peace (EIP), the Secretariat of the Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (OFA) and the OSCE jointly launched the official evaluation of the agreement’s implementation with a press conference in Skopje (see below for a press review). 

In support of the Government, the European Institute of Peace is facilitating the work of six thematic working groups with representatives of relevant ministries and institutions. The working groups are discussing topics such as the use of languages, anti-discrimination measures, issues linked to decentralisation, the question of equitable representation as well as education and numerically smaller communities. The aim of the review is to evaluate the implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement and create viable policy initiatives to improve social cohesion. Initial results of the review are expected by early November and will be presented for endorsement by the international community in December. A final set of policy recommendation will be submitted for adoption by the Government in January. Recently, the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Hahn listed the OFA review as one of the priorities for the country’s path towards EU accession.

Deputy Prime Minister Musa Xhaferri: “The analysis of OFA review process will serve in building policies leading towards better inter-ethnic relations and contributing to social cohesion, which are prerequisites to bring a country closer to European integration”

EIP Senior Mediator, Ambassador Pieter Feith: “The EIP is facilitating the OFA Review undertaken by the government, with a view to strengthen inter-ethnic cohesion and improve conditions for tolerance and reconciliation in the country. This work is ultimately in support of Euro-Atlantic integration and in line with European objectives in the Western Balkans.”

Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Ambassador Nina Suomalainen: “These crucial integration policies still need to be developed and implemented and we believe that the recently-revived process of reviewing the OFA is the right place to do it.”

 

Background:

OSCE Press Release: OSCE Mission to Skopje supports review process of Ohrid Framework Agreement 

Press Review