Macedonia expects to become a full member of the NATO Alliance in the first quarter of 2020, National Coordinator Stevo Pendarovski told a press conference.

He pointed out that accession talks should be completed by the end of the year, and then we will wait for ratification in the Greek parliament.

“We expect accession talks to end by the New Year and then the whole process will be transferred to the Greek Parliament and the parliaments of the other member states. The ratification should take place next year, in order to become a NATO member in the first quarter of 2020,” said Pendarovski.

At today’s session, the Government adopted the concept of the National Structure for Maintaining the Republic of Macedonia’s Membership Process in NATO.

Expenses for Macedonia regarding the obligations to NATO will amount to no more than 500 thousand euros a year, said Pendarovski adding that it depends on the gross domestic product and the resources of the Alliance member countries.