Parliament ratifies Macedonia-Bulgaria treaty

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On Monday, Parliament ratified the Macedonia-Bulgaria friendship, good-neighbourliness and cooperation treaty. FM Nikola Dimitrov said it was a fact that it’s hard to agree on difficult and delicate issues with an ideal text and added that the two sides were not fully happy with the text. In his view, the two countries have left the trenches and obliged to develop versatile relations, cooperate in the Euro-Atlantic integration path, create closer economic, trade and tourism ties, organise joint celebration of certain historical events, in addition to pledging not to encourage activities directed against the other side. MPs from the ruling majority consider that the document will strengthen bilateral relations. Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov, President Rumen Radev, PS Tsveta Karayancheva and FM Ekaterina Zakharieva welcomed the ratification of the treaty. The EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, too, did the same. As he tweeted, it is an important step into the right direction towards the Macedonia’s EU path. The agreement was adopted without the presence of VMRO-DPMNE. However, at a press-conference, Dragan Danev criticised the adoption. “In contradiction with the stand of the experts, a big number of stakeholders in society and without the presence of the opposition, SDSM has decided to push through the deal on its own because of own political interest,” the VMRO-DPMNE member stated.

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