EP Committee hails setting date for start of Macedonia’s EU entry talks

European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to approve amendments to Macedonia report, demanding that EU sets a date for accession talks with Macedonia in March this year.

A total of 56 MEPs hailed the amendments, with five MEPs opposing them.

Slovenia’s MEP Zoran Taler tabled the amendments, urging the European Union to assist the current efforts to resolve name row between Macedonia and Greece. He raised concerns over EU’s decision to postpone the start of membership talks with Macedonia.

In his view, such development of events could trigger ethnic tension in the country and destabilization of the entire region.

In December, Macedonia secured a recommendation for opening membership talks but EU did not set a date for start of negotiations with Macedonia, after neighboring Greece opposed an early start to negotiations. The EU is expected to consider the issue again during Spanish EU presidency.

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