Saturday, March 24, 2007

Olli Rehn: Reference FYROM is awkward

The reference FYROM is awkward, Euro-enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said Wednesday at the European Parliament. - The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is a candidate country (for the EU membership) and I believe that the bilateral problem between this country and Greece will be solved soon, so that we will no longer have to use this awkward name, Rehn said.

Rehn responded to a question of EP member, who made a joke proposing Macedonia to be named "Future European Republic of Macedonia" instead of FYROM.

Rehn was unwilling to comment launching of a date for Macedonia's EU entry talks.

- Macedonia should above all learn the rules of the democratic game, namely the political consensus that will result in completion of the necessary judicial, public administration reforms, Rehn said.

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