EC urges Skopje and Athens to stick to the Prespa Agreement

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A European Commission spokesperson told Euractiv that the 2018 Prespa Agreement between Greece and North Macedonia must be implemented by “all parties” and in “good faith” amid a new spat between Athens and Skopje that threatens to revive a 25-year dispute.

The new diplomatic crisis between the two countries erupted after North Macedonia’s new President, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, who comes from the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party, refused to use the country’s official name during her inauguration on 12 May.

Siljanovska called the country “Macedonia” instead of North Macedonia, the official constitutional name after the 2018 name-change deal with Greece, otherwise known as the Prespa Agreement.

The incident triggered reactions across Europe and the US, with many fearing the revival of a dispute considered an open wound for the Balkan region.

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski also fueled the fire, stating that he would call his country whatever he wanted.

Mickoski even invited Greece to appeal to the International Court of Justice, as provided for in Article 19 of the Agreement, in case it considers this to violate the Prespa Agreement.

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