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Politics: FYROM ready for EU accession talks, say MEPs

23/05/2013
MEPs meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg © EU

Summary

Members of the European Parliament called for the start of formal negotiations on EU membership with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Parliament’s May plenary session debated the prospective EU membership of western Balkan states.

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia gained candidate status in 2005, the stage before formal accession negotiations begin.

Only disagreement over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is holding back progress, said Richard Howitt, the MEP who wrote the Parliament’s recommendation.

Meanwhile, the Parliament heard that Bosnia and Herzegovina – identified as a potential candidate country in 2003 – is still far from meeting the necessary conditions for prospective membership of the EU.

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