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Beginning of Accession Talks between EU and FYROM

March 16, 2012

Source: Naftemboriki, 15.03.2012

Stephen Füle, Comissioner for EU Enlargment

[Translated from Greek]

Accession talks of a high level between the EU and FYROM were inaugurated today in Skopje by the Comissioner changed with the EU Enlargment, Stephan Füle and the Prime Minister of FYROM, Nikola Gruevski.

These Accession talks include five subject areas that concern public administration, rule of law, freedom of Press and expression, electoral legislation and market economy in FYROM. Mr Füle and mr Gruevski underlined that this accession dialogue can advance the way of FYROM to the EU.

The dialogue that was inaugurated today does not replace the accession negotiations between EU and FYROM, whose commencement, to a large degree, is dependant on the progress of the name issue.

In his declarations mr Füle expressed his conviction that the future of FYROM is within the European family and noted that the EU supports the reformative procedures in the country. Asked if in the meeting that he had today with mr Gruevski the name issue was broached, mr Füle answered that the discussions concerned the reforms in FYOM. On the other hand the Prime Minister of FYROM noted that this high level dialogue is a new form of cooperation with the European Comission which is important to the country and of a short duration. He reminded that the accession negotiations with the EU remain the primary target and promise of his government.

FYROM received candidate for entry to the EU status in December 2005, but has not yet managed to start negotiations for its accession.

The European Commission in its last three annual reports on the progress made by FYROM (2009, 2010, 2011) sent a recommendation to the European Council to set a date for the commencement of accession negotiations between the EU and FYROM, but the Summit Council has not accepted this recommendation.

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