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Friday, July 20, 2018, 

Parliament to ratify name agreement with Greece

Parliament to ratify name agreement with Greece

Skopje, 20 June 2018 (MIA) - The Parliament at its 51st session on Wednesday is set to ratify the name agreement with Greece.

The lawmakers on Tuesday voted 69-40 for the adoption of a shortened ratification procedure for the agreement. Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs later on Tuesday also endorsed the draft-law ratifying the name deal. VMRO-DPMNE MPs were absent from the Committee session due to their opposition to the name agreement.

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.

ДИМИТРОВ НА КОМИСИЈА ЗА ЕВРОПСКИ ПРАШАЊА

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. 

President Gjorge Ivanov should sign the document after it is ratified in Parliament.

In Parliament, a simple majority is required to adopt the agreement.

The agreement will be finally put up for referendum in Macedonia, which should be organized either in September or October. sk/ba/09:15

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