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Greece: Macedonia

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL12999, tabled on 21 January 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent escalating tensions between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia regarding the latter's proposed name change; and whether they would support a membership application from Macedonia to join the EU.

Answered on

4 February 2019

The UK strongly supports the Prespa Agreement between Greece and Macedonia to resolve their long-standing dispute over the latter's name. I welcome the completion of the parliamentary process in Macedonia which amends the constitution in line with the Agreement. I also welcome Greek parliamentary ratification of the Agreement. Implementation of the deal will improve stability and prosperity in the region. It is long-standing UK Government policy to support those countries committed to the European Union accession process to make the reforms required to meet the accession criteria.