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EU: The issue of the name of FYROM is a question of political realism.

March 15, 2012

Source: Naftemboriki, 13.03.2012

[Translated from the Greek]

The solution of the issue of the name of FYROM is a question of political realism and it should be solved within this year, stated the EU commissioner charged with Enlargement, Štefan Füle, during the discussion of the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on the progress that FYROM has achieved on its way to entry to the EU.

The Commissioner hurried to clarify that a clear mandate for the completion of negotiations on the issue of the name of FYROM has been given to the UN and he expressed his hope that until the end of the year there shall be a more important progress and a conclusion with an agreement.

Mr Füle said he was in favour of the immediate commencement of the pre-accession negotiations between Skopje and the EU and made it known that he would depart later in the day for Skopje, so as to start the high-level pre-accession dialogue.

The represetative of the Danish Presidency, Nicolai Wammen, was more discreet, and left the reference to the name issue for the end of his speech, clarifying that the final agreement between Greece and FYROM for the name must come through initiatives that have been undertaken by the UN.

Concerning the progress achieved by FYROM toward its full accession to the EU, both officials stated that the country has a lot yet to do, concerning reforms for rule of law, the electoral procedure, the freedom of the Press and expression, protection of minorities and the respect of human rights.

The report is due to be voted on lated in the afternoon.

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