Macedonia: Juncker praises reforms but holds back on Greece dispute

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker praised Macedonia on the reforms it has undertaken in order to join the EU but refrained from making any recommendations regarding the ‘Macedonia’ name dispute with neighbouring Greece in a presser with the Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev in Skopje on Sunday. «As far as the name is concerned, by opposition to our normal... Еще behaviour, I don't want to lecture those involved. Do your job with Greece and Greece has to do its job with your country,” Juncker said. Many see the name 'Macedonia' as posing a threat to the Greek state since it implies a territorial claim over the eponymous region of northern Greece. Zaev also took positives from the EU’s feedback on Macedonia’s application to join. “Within the EU's strategy, it can be seen that the EU recognises the positive results (developments) the Republic of Macedonia has made up until now and that gives credit to our progress,” added Zaev.

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