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Parliamentary question - E-003055/2017(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

Recent visits by the High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission, the President of the European Council and the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement clearly demonstrate the EU's full and ongoing commitment to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and a region as a whole.

The EU's presence and engagement in the western Balkans is crucial for the region's peace and stability as well as economic recovery. In that regard, the EU expressed its readiness to work with the new government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, who already made some positive steps towards stabilisation of relations with its neighbours.

EU representatives, in their statements, but also through direct contacts with political leaders, are perpetually warning that any form of provocative rhetoric, internally or externally, should be avoided.

The EU has been promoting peace, reconciliation and regional stability through dialogue and compromise, and will continue to do so.