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Macedonia: Signing of the agreement for participation in crisis management missions

(Credit: MFA of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

(B2) The European Union and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom) today signed an agreement on participation in European crisis management missions. Pierre Vimont, the Secretary General of the Foreign Service and Nikola Poposki, the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs formalized the cooperation framework with their signatures. Macedonia will now be able to take part in all the Union's civilian missions by contributing funding and human and material resources. Moreover, its personnel will be fully integrated into the European chain of command. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had already participated in the EUFOR Althea military mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2006, but its contribution then followed an agreement mechanisms. The Macedonian minister took the opportunity to express his expectations for the December meeting of the EU Council. He hopes to see a consensus emerge there for a date for the start of negotiations for Macedonia's accession.

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