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Regional approach to the countries of South-Eastern Europe: compliance with the conditions in the Council conclusions of 19 April 1997. Operational conclusions. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania. Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament. COM (98) 237 final, 15 April 1998

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*** * * * * * * *** COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 15.04.1998 COM(1998) 237 final COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT OPERATIONAL CONCLUSIONS Regional Approach to the countries of South-Eastern Europe: Compliance with the conditions in the Council Conclusions of 29 April1997 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania INTRODUCTION. 'In the context of the Regional Approach to the countries of South-Eastern Europe I, the Council established· political and economic conditions2 to be fulfilled by these coUJitries, as the basis. for a · coherent and transparent policy towards the development of bilateral relations with these countries in the field of trade, financial assistance and economic cooperation, as well as'of~ontraetual rel~tio·ns. Th~ present Commission C~mclusions arc accompanied by aJaetual report3 which monitors complianc~ by Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic 'of Ylrgoslavia (FRY); the former Yugoslav · Republic of Macedonia, and Albania with these conditi01is. For each, compliance has ·been moniH)rcd under the followi~g headings: democratic principles; human rights and·the-rule of law;··respect for and protection· of minorities; market· economy reforms; regional cooperation4;c and; where relevarit, · .compliance with obligations under the Dayton and ,Erdut Agreements and the Sintra and Bonn Peace . Implt;~mentation Councils. While. progress· has been made in some areas, the compliance_ by some countries in the areas of- democratic reforms, respect for human and minority rights, economic' reforms and· regional cooperation · has been less than satisfactory. Improvements are also necessary .with regard to the return of refugees and displaced persons to their place of origin, cooperatioi1 with the International Criminal Tribunal on · for~er Yugoslavia, the implementation of the peace agreements

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