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Parliamentary questions
28 June 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Nikolaos Salavrakos (EFD)

 Subject: Violation of good neighbourly relations with Bulgaria by FYROM

The Bulgarian politician Dimitar Stoyanov has called for the Skopje Ambassador in Sofia, Blagoj Handziski, to be declared persona non‑grata in Bulgaria.

This request by a member of the Bulgarian Parliament came after the Skopje High Court’s decision to withdraw the parental rights of Spaska Mitrova, who stated that she has Macedonian nationality but is ethnically Bulgarian and was therefore subjected to political and various social pressures by the Skopje institutions.

The politician stated that Bulgaria must intervene as a matter of urgency, not only in the case of Spaska Mitrova but in other similar cases. He also called for the Bulgarian President to act so that Mitrova can be given asylum.

If these allegations of human rights violations prove to be true, will the Commission state:

1. What measures will it take to make it clear to FYROM that it must respect and uphold good neighbourly relations and that it must not undermine bilateral relations with its neighbours such as Greece and, in this case, Bulgaria?
2. What measures will it take to ensure FYROM, as an accession country, is made aware of and adopts its recommendations on respecting parental rights, particularly in the context of good neighbourly relations?

Original language of question: ELOJ C 263 E, 12/09/2013
Last updated: 10 July 2012Legal notice