Council Decision of 30 January 2006 on the principles, priorities and conditions contained in the Accession Partnership with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and repealing Decision 2004/518/EC
Official Journal of the European Union, L 35 of 7.2.2006, p. 1-19
The Thessaloniki European Council endorsed the introduction of the European Partnerships as a means of realising the European perspective of the western Balkan countries within the framework of the stabilisation and association process.
The first Partnership with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was adopted by the Council on 14 June 2004. It is appropriate to update this first Partnership on the basis of the Commission's opinion on the application from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for membership of the European Union.
The second European Partnership identifies new priorities for action. The new priorities are adapted to the country's specific needs and stage of preparation and will be updated as necessary. The European Partnership also provides guidance for financial assistance to the country.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is expected to adopt a plan including a timetable and specific measures to address the European Partnership priorities.