Following today's agreement between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to change country’s name to "Republic of North Macedonia", MEP Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SI) stated:

"The agreement reached by the Prime Ministers of the two neighbouring countries Greece and Macedonia paves the way to improved and more productive relations and provides a substantial contribution to the stability of South Eastern Europe.

 

Negotiators from both countries and United Nations mediators, together with representatives of the European Union deserve full recognition for achieving their goal.

 

With an agreement on the name issue, the door is now open for the country (Republic of North Macedonia) to obtain full EU and NATO membership.

 

EU and NATO member states should embrace the agreement and welcome it as a chance to extend the enlargement process to all countries of South Eastern Europe, making them active players in fostering cohesion and stability throughout our continent.

 

It is now crucial that the agreement is supported by a broad majority of the political parties and of the population of both countries."