FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to address MEPs in Strasbourg 

Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Zoran Zaev will address the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday morning.

Securing public and opposition support for the name change and for the next steps required for the republic’s possible accession to the EU are expected to take centre stage in Mr Zaev’s speech.

Greece and FYROM signed a preliminary agreement to rename the latter in June, after a decade-long name dispute, which has seen Greece blocking its smaller Balkan neighbour’s prospects of joining the European Union and NATO.

The proposed new name on the table is “Republic of North Macedonia”.

The outcome of the name negotiations, which has already been formally ratified by the FYROM parliament, will also be put to a referendum in the country on 30 September.

The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee is expected to vote on a report assessing the 2018 Commission report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia later this autumn. Rapporteur on FYROM Ivo Vajgl (ALDE, SL) has welcomed the preliminary name agreement.

Procedure: Formal address

Debate: Thursday, 13 September 2018