PES welcomes agreement for social democrat-led government in North Macedonia

19/08/2020 - With Zoran Zaev as prime minister the Balkan country will resume its Euro-Atlantic path

Social Democrat leader and prospective prime mister Zoran Zaev 

Social Democrat leader and prospective prime minister Zoran Zaev 

The PES welcomes the coalition agreement reached yesterday between the Social Democrats (SDSM) and the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), which will see Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev return as prime minister of North Macedonia.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“This is a great moment for North Macedonia. Under the steady leadership of Zoran Zaev, the country can now continue on its democratic, European path. We commend the agreement that has been reached and we hope that it will be progressed quickly, so the new Zoran Zaev-led government can be approved by parliament and can get to work.

“SDSM and Zoran Zaev have been the driving force behind positive change in North Macedonia. Thanks to them unemployment has shrunk, social conditions have improved, and North Macedonia has joined NATO and cleared the path for future EU accession. The European social democratic family is fully committed to supporting Zoran Zaev, the new government and the whole of North Macedonia as it makes its journey towards a progressive, European future.”

The new government platform will now be submitted for parliamentary approval. As part of the collation agreement, Zoran Zaev and DUI leader Ali Ahmeti have said their partnership will resume the country’s Euro-Atlantic path and continue internal reforms.

SDSM emerged as the biggest party following North Macedonia’s general election in July, taking 46 seats in the 120-seat parliament.