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Following a decision of the Council, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been granted observer status to the Agency and has therefore appointed two independent persons to join the Agency’s Management Board, as observers.

The country's Ombudsman, Mr Ixhet Memeti, was nominated as full observer to the Management Board and Uranija Pirovska, the Executive Director of the National Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, as deputy observer.

The Management Board brings together people with experience in the management of public or private sector organisations and knowledge in the field of fundamental rights from the Member States, the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

According to its Founding Regulation, the Agency is open to the participation of EU candidate countries as observers. The participation and the respective modalities are determined by a decision of the relevant Association Council, which in January 2016 decided to grant observer status to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.