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Macedonia Name Deal to Create New Jobs, Facilitate Logistics – Greek Lawmaker

Macedonia Name Deal to Create New Jobs, Facilitate Logistics – Greek Lawmaker



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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A landmark agreement on changing Macedonia’s name will create new job opportunities and make transportation of goods to Central Europe easier, member of the European Parliament from Greece’s ruling Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Stelios Kouloglou told Sputnik Wednesday.

“The agreement brings peace and stability in the region while it defeats nationalism and extremism in both countries. New job opportunities will appear and it will be simpler for companies to transport their goods towards Central Europe and vice versa,” Kouloglou said.

According to the lawmaker, the agreement “is the best one could get” and was welcomed by almost all political parties in the European Parliament.

“As for Greece, ending a dispute that existed for over 25 years shows that the country is dedicated to being part of the solution and not of the problem anymore. We want friendship and cooperation in our northern borders, not enemies and closed borders,” Kouloglou stressed.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Macedonian parliament ratified by the majority of votes the draft law on the agreement with Greece on renaming the country. The draft bill will now be sent to President Gjorge Ivanov, who already said he would not sign it. If the president vetoes the draft, the document would require a repeat ratification with an absolute majority.

Last week, foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an agreement to rename the ex-Yugoslav country into the “Republic of North Macedonia,” paving the way for Macedonia to join NATO and the European Union.


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