"After a 10 year delay, I can congratulate Macedonians on the success in opening accession talks next year. It is now finally clear that the negotiations would start in June 2019. North Macedonia and European Commission can start the preparations already today.
North Macedonia really deserves the opening of the accession talks. In just one year, the government of Prime Minister Zaev has done a very good job in reforms and I am sure they will continue with the same pace. The agreement with Greece on the name issue solved the last standing block in opening the negotiations. S&D Group would again like to commend governments in both countries for that. Now Macedonian citizens will have their say on the agreement in the referendum. The decision of the Council only confirms to the Macedonians that a government that delivers on its promises is also supported by European Union.”
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