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Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 

Parliament to ratify Macedonia-Greece name deal on Wednesday (UPD)

Parliament to ratify Macedonia-Greece name deal on Wednesday (UPD)

Skopje, 19 June 2018 (MIA) - Macedonia's Parliament will ratify the name agreement with Greece on Wednesday at the resumption of today's session, ruling MPs told MIA.

Members of the Committee on European Affairs should review the draft-law on the deal's ratification at a session at 15:00h. The legislative committee's session is slated for 15:15h.

Initially, it was expected the deal to be ratified by the end of the day since the opposition VMRO-DPMNE MPs won't be part of the committees' sessions and the session on the name agreement.

Earlier in the day, 69 MPs voted in favor of the necessity to adopt the draft-law on the ratification of the Macedonia-Greece name agreement. 40 MPs were against.

VMRO-DPMNE MPs voted against and announced that they would not take part in the adoption of the draft-law on the deal's ratification.

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The necessity to fast-track this law in Parliament was elaborated by Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov.

The bill, he said, is envisaged in the national program on applying the EU's law as part of the political criteria considering regional cooperation and international duties. The deadline for its adoption expires on June 22. "Bearing in mind the country's European and Euro-Atlantic perspectives, it is more than necessary to fast-track the law," Dimitrov stressed.

Under the deal, the Minister continued, after it is ratified in Macedonia's Parliament, Greece is tasked with informing the European Council President, Donald Tusk, that it endorses the opening of EU negotiations and with notifying NATO Secretary General  Jens Stoltenberg that it supports NATO in extending a membership invitation.

"The June Council is nearing, the EU foreign ministers will convene on June 25-26, and the EU Summit is on June 28. These dates are of great importance for the European perspectives of our country and they depend on the agreement's ratification. To deliver these results, we propose that Parliament should decide to fast-track the bill. The ratification allows the citizens to decide for their future in a referendum this coming fall," FM Dimitrov said. ba/14:02

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