ALDE Group welcomes historic agreement between Athens and Skopje on longstanding bilateral dispute
The Liberal and Democrat Group in the European Parliament welcomes the agreement reached today by Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev on the use of name 'Republic of North Macedonia', putting an end to a longstanding dispute between Athens and Skopje.
ALDE Group leader, Guy Verhofstadt, said this historic decision will play a decisive role to consolidate the stability of the Western Balkans:
“This agreement will provide key impulse to strengthening stability and prosperity in the South East of Europe. Now the EU must help Athens and Skopje to gain the support of their citizens for this historic achievement.”
ALDE MEP, Ivo Vajgl (DeSUS , Slovenia), European Parliament’ standing rapporteur on the former Yugoslav republic, said this agreement opens the door for the country to obtain full EU and NATO Membership:
"The agreement reached by the Prime Ministers of the two neighbouring countries paves the way to improved and more productive relations and provides a substantial contribution to the stability of South Eastern Europe.
Negotiators from both countries and United Nations mediators, together with representatives of the European Union deserve full recognition for achieving their goal.
With an agreement on the name issue, the door is now open for the country - Republic of North Macedonia - to obtain full EU and NATO membership.
EU and NATO Member States should embrace the agreement and welcome it as a chance to extend the enlargement process to all countries of South Eastern Europe, making them active players in fostering cohesion and stability throughout our continent.
It is now crucial that the agreement is supported by a broad majority of the political parties and of the population of both countries."