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Parliamentary questions
3 August 2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Mara Bizzotto (EFD)

 Subject: Further provocation by FYROM

After being accused by Commissioner Stefan Füle of deliberately provoking Greece by erecting a statue implicitly dedicated to Alexander the Great, a matter raised in a previous question, Skopje has chosen to ignore these warnings and has announced that in 2012 it intends to erect a statue to Philip II, Alexander's father.

This first affront to the Commission has now been followed by another. The FYROM authorities have announced their intention of putting up a third statue, this time at the airport of Skopje, consisting of a one-and-a-half-metre high representation of the head of Alexander the Great.

Does the Commission not think that, with this latest provocative gesture aimed at a Member State and at the Commission itself, FYROM is openly flouting the values of peace and dialogue on which the EU is based, thereby undermining the basic reasons for accepting its application to join the Union?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 146 E, 24/05/2012
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