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Mogherini and Hahn confirm the arrival of the notification about the new name of Macedonia

EU's High Representative/Vice President for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn today confirmed the arrival of the notification by the Republic of North Macedonia about its new name and congratulated Skopje and Athens on the acchievement. "Today, the European Union has formally been notified by the Republic of North Macedonia of its new name,...

Kacin: Macedonia – Greece compromise should be carefully studied in the region

Without solving of all bilateral disputes, there will be no further enlargement in the region of Western Balkans, said Jelko Kacin in a statement for "European Western Balkans", who is the Permanent Representative of Slovenia to NATO and former Rapporteur for Serbia and Montenegro in the European Parliament. The decision of the Republic of North Macedonia to change its name...

Documents with new name will be received by citizens after Ministry of Interior completes purchase

The identification documents that contain the new name Republic of North Macedonia i.e., passports, id cards, driver's licenses will be acquired when the government announces in the Official Gazette the date when the constitutional amendments and the constitutional law enter into force. The protocol from Athens is expected to be sent today. When asked when can the citizens acquire...

Juncker, Mogherini and Hahn welcome the ratification of Prespa Agreement

In a joint statement, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn welcomed the ratification of the Prespa Agreement in Greek Parliament. "We warmly welcome the next crucial step in the ratification of the Prespa agreement, taken with today's vote by the Hellenic Parliament. From the very beginning, the...

“Obituaries” for Macedonia handed out in Thessaloniki

Today, a few opponents to the Prespa Agreement in Thessaloniki, in front of the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace, handed out "obituaries" to passers-by with the name "Macedonia" written on it, protesting and calling it a "betrayal on Greek Macedonia". "Today we bury Macedonia" says the text, and is signed by "Mother Greece, Macedonian children and Macedonians". At 2:30 pm today, Greek parliament is scheduled to vote...

Greek Parliament ratifies Prespa Agreement

The Greek Parliament this afternoon ratified the Prespa Agreement which was signed by Macedonia and Greece, with 153 MPs’ voting to end the name dispute which has lasted nearly three decades. All 300 MPs were asked the question of whether they are "for", or "against", or would “abstain" concerning the ratification of the Prespa Agreement. Of all the MPs, 153 were...

Greek Parliament starts the process of ratification of the Prespa Agreement

For the draft law on the ratification of the Prespa Agreement to come into force, it will be discussed today by the Commission for National Defense and Foreign Affairs in Greek Parliament. On Saturday, the draft law was submitted to Greek Parliament, and is expected to be passed by Friday. Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis is expected to hold a meeting with the...

New amendments to Constitution published in the “Official Gazette”

Amendments from 33 to 36, together with Constitutional Law on their proclamation, which were voted in with 81 votes, were adopted at the 75th session of Parliament, on Friday, and were published in the 6th issue of the "Official Gazette" this year, i.e. on January 12, 2019. With these amendments to the Constitution, after the Prespa Agreement comes into force,...

Moscow: The constitutional changes are against the will of the people, the UN’s Security Council should discuss the name

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department for Informing and Press Relations has called the passing of the new amendments of the Macedonian Constitution in order to change the country's name as "an artificial change of the country's name in order for an enforced entering of Skopje into NATO" and stated that the problem with the country's renaming should...

Constitutional amendments were passed with 81 votes

With 81 votes in favor and no votes against or withheld, this evening, MPs have cast their votes at Parliament i.e. the amendments from 33 to 35, which are Macedonia's obligation according to the Prespa Agreement that was signed on the 17th of June last year. Previously, the Alliance of the Albanians and BESA's MPs withdrew their amendments. According to Constitutional...

Stoltenberg: Skopje and Athens to ratify the Prespa Agreement by February 15

NATO urges the parliaments of Macedonia and Greece to fulfill all their obligations regarding the Prespa Agreement that resolves the name dispute. That was the main stipulation of the letter that the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reportedly sent to both Skopje and Athens, noting that the Alliance expects as fast as possible process. "NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reportedly sent a...

Top 5 cases of disinformation about the Prespa Agreement

On 17.06.2018, in the village of Nivici (Psarades) on the Greek coast of Prespa Lake, the foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece, Nikola Dimitrov and Nikolaos Kotzias, have signed the “FINAL AGREEMENT FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF THE DIFFERENCES AS DESCRIBED IN THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS 817 (1993) AND 845 (1993), THE TERMINATION OF THE INTERIM ACCORD OF 1995, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT...

Maslov: Russia doesn’t oppose Macedonia’s new name, it opposes NATO membership

Russia doesn't oppose the Prespa Agreement regarding the name but it opposes Macedonia's membership into NATO, said Russian Ambassador to Greece, Andrej Maslov during a briefing in Athens regarding the visit of the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras in Moscow. - If Athens and Skopje reach an agreement about the name and if that is officially accepted by the Republic of Macedonia's...

Nimetz: I am ready to help Macedonia and Greece if necessary

The Prespa Agreement is a very important step for the region's stability and relations between Macedonia and Greece, said UN special envoy, Matthew Nimetz, after a meeting with acting foreign minister, George Katrougalos. -Obviously, the political process in both countries is making progress, and me as the UN envoy remain ready to help. If both sides need my help, the UN...

Lavrov accused the EU and the US for interference in Macedonia’s internal affairs

There is a rough systematic interference by the US and the EU in the internal affairs of Macedonia. On a daily basis, its citizens were asked to vote in favor of the Prespa Agreement in the referendum on 30 September this year. The referendum, as it is known, failed. In this situation in the House on 19 October, with...

Palmer: Macedonia could become a NATO member by 2020

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew Palmer said in Sarajevo yesterday that Macedonia could join NATO by mid-2020 if it implemented the Prespa Agreement and therefore resolved the decades-long dispute with Greece. According to him, Macedonia could become the 30th NATO member "as early as 18 months". "It's a realistic goal," Palmer said. The same message...

Tzipras to Pahor: From now on Slovenia should call our neighbor “North Macedonia”

At today's meeting at the presidential palace in Athens with the Slovenian President Borut Pahor, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed his satisfaction that the plan for constitutional changes at his northern neighbors is progressing rapidly. At the same time, Tsipras lobbied at the Slovenian statesman that "the country that he now addresses with its constitutional name i.e. as Macedonia...

Dimitrov: The essence of the compromise can be seen in the criticism issued from our and the Greek opposition

The Minister of Foreign Affairs,Nikola Dimitrov replied to several questions posted by MPs at the Parliament and he said that Prespa Agreement ties the steps that Macedonia is undertaking towards EU and NATO with what is of interest for Greece in the Agreement. --Because the NATO membership is tied to the implementation of the Agreement. That is why it...

Samaras: We gave them everything and everyone will call them Macedonians

We will not let them sell our Macedonia. I always supported the idea that we cannot give to Skopje the name Macedonia because simply put, from that moment on, everyone will begin officially addressing them not as Northmacedonians, Uppermacedonians, but only as Macedonians, said the former Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, during his speech in front of the members...

The rift between Zaev and Ivanov is evident as Kathimerini reveals excerpts from the minutes

The minutes that were seen by journalists of the Kathimerini newspaper from the leadership meetings in Macedonia regarding the negotiations with Greece before the name agreement was to be signed in June show that the political leaders have thought that the agreement would be easier for signing with the left-wing government in Greece, informs Meta's correspondent from Athens. The...