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Hahn Underlines Importance of Name Deal Ratification at Meeting with Mickoski

The EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said on Wednesday he had held a useful talk in Helsinki with VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski. “I was crystal-clear that ratification of the Prespa Agreement must now be finalised fast, without any obstacle. I welcome his commitment not to obstruct procedure in Parliament,” he tweeted. As Hahn added ...

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Four Areas in Focus of Plan 18

The judicial system, security-intelligence services, public administration sector and fight against corruption are the areas on which the reforms contained in the Government’s Plan 18 for getting closer to the EU are focused. Plan 18 is continuation of the reforms implemented with Plan 3-6-9. At Tuesday’s briefing with journalists, ruling coalition members said they were waiting for remarks about the ...

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Hahn says 2025 is Realistic Date Only if Criteria are Fulfilled

The EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, says in an interview with Die Welt that 2025 is a realistic date when it comes to accession of new members from the Balkans, but only if the criteria are met. “The 2025 date is indicative, but it is rather realistic only if the implementation of reforms is ...

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Austrian National Council President Sobotka Delivers Address in Parliament

Within the frameworks of his visit to Skopje, Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian National Council, delivered an address in Parliament. As he said, the constitutional changes needed for the name change represent a moment of parliamentarism. “Brave steps are needed,” Sobotka pointed out. According to him, though he understands that the issue isn’t simple for opposition MPs and that ...

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PM Zaev calls for Inclusive Process to Continue

At a press-conference on Friday, PM Zoran Zaev said the demands by BESA and Alliance for Albanians regarding constitutional changes caused changes that weren’t of identity and Ohrid Framework Agreement nature. However, he added MPs had a legitimate right to demand that. The PM called for the inclusive process to continue. Zaev hopes that the spring of 2019 will see ...

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Pavlopoulos: NATO, EU Integration only After Name Issue Resolution

During a speech at an event organised by the Commander of the Greek Army’s Third Corps Dimitrios Bikos, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos referred the name issue between Greece and Macedonia, and the recently signed Prespa Agreement. “We strive for cordial and good neighbourly ties and in practice, we have been demonstrating that we support membership into NATO and the EU, ...

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Zaev Remains Open for Opposition Suggestions to Draft Amendments

I remain open to including the opposition to allow them to make their own suggestions for strengthening identity, guaranteeing the commitment and the voting in Greece, our integration into the EU, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stated on Wednesday. He said he would hold consultation meetings later in the day with all parliamentary groups. “I want to hold the first consultation ...

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Tsipras Says no Alternative for EU and NATO Integration, but Prespa Deal

There are no alternatives for the neighbouring country aside from the Prespa Agreement, which is a unique and irreplaceable opportunity for the two nations and for stability in the Balkans, Greek Prime Minister Alexsis Tsipras told the SYRIZA Central Committee. “If our neighbors reject it, they have to know and I will say honestly that there are no alternatives for ...

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EPP Might Exclude VMRO-DPMNE from own Ranks

VMRO-DPMNE could be expelled from the European People’s Party (EPP) if it persisted with its non-constructive attitude towards the Prespa Agreement, EPP members say. The EPP is the largest and most influential political group in the European Union, bringing together almost all center-right parties of the EU member and candidate states. The EPP currently includes 77 parties and partners from ...

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Parliament Adopts Decision for Announcing Referendum on 30 Sep.

The Macedonian parliament with 68 votes in favour and no abstentions or against adopted decision for announcing name referendum on 30 September 2018 which will be of consultative nature. The decision for calling the referendum was adopted by absolute majority of the total number of MPs. The referendum question will read as follows: ‘Are you in favour of EU and ...

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