Statement by SYRIZA MEPs on the effort to create an unofficial group at the European Parliament called: "Friends of Macedonia"

“We unequivocally condemn the effort of Croatian MEP Marijana Petir of the European People's Party (EPP) to create an unofficial group of MEPs with the title "Friends of Macedonia" within the European Parliament. This action violates the decisions of the European Union and of the United Natons on the official name of this country as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), as originally been decided by the UN Security Council in April 1993, and it also undermines the current on-going negotiations regarding its name within the UN framework, as well as the recent efforts to ensure mutual confidence-building measures, proposed by Greece.

For this reason we ask the European Parliament, which does not accept nor use this name, and its President to steer clear of this initiative and to protect the institution of the Parliament. Any efforts should focus on accelerating initiatives of the necessary and important reforms within the country, as has been repeatedly emphasized by the EU institutions, respecting the decisions of the UN and the EU."

Dimitrios Papadimoulis
Stelios Kouloglou
Kostadinka Kuneva
Kostas Chrysogonos


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