Skopje, 23 January 2020 – A delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Dr. Bujar Osmani, paid a working visit to the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, today.

The participants in the meeting discussed the competences of the Agency, dwelling in particular on the Electoral Code, the media and their role in the electoral process, as well as the Agency’s obligations related to the monitoring of media coverage of the elections.

After the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs stated that today’s visit was one of a series of meetings aimed at minimizing the surprises during this election process, particularly because, these days, the EU member states are beginning to work on an ad hoc progress report on our state, due to be announced in February.

“The elections and the election campaign happen to coincide with the decision on starting negotiations. The Summit will take place on 26 March, the fourth day of the campaign. What will be happening in the first days of the campaign will directly influence the vote of the foreign ministers and prime ministers of the member states regarding the start of negotiations,” Osmani said, thanking the regulatory authority for its work and for the fact that the number of violations on the media’s part had been virtually brought down to zero.

Agency Director Zoran Trajcevski stated that the regulator was 100% prepared in technical, staffing and administrative terms to conduct its activities during the elections and that, just as during the previous election cycles, it would give its maximum. He added that the implementation of the Electoral Code on the Agency’s part would be at the highest level, as had usually been noted in the reports of the OSCE/ODIHR and all observers. He also expressed confidence that the institution would be one of the positive actors in society, contributing towards a positive evaluation in the EU’s ad hoc progress report.