Macedonian MPs visit NATO HQ to prepare for upcoming accession

01 February 2019

Brussels, 4 February 2019 - The NATO Parliamentary Assembly and NATO are hosting today and tomorrow a group of leading Macedonian legislators on a working visit focused on their country’s upcoming accession to NATO. Allies are expected to sign the accession protocol with Skopje – the formal invitation to join the Alliance – on Wednesday. 

Speaking at the opening of the two day-programme, NATO PA President Madeleine Moon (UK) highlighted the significance of this event. “It is no exaggeration to say that your country is living through historic times.  (…) This breakthrough was made possible thanks to the political courage which your government and parliament, and the government and parliament of Greece, have demonstrated in the past year. I would like to congratulate you on behalf of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.”

Once signed, the accession protocol must be ratified by the parliaments of the 29 current members of NATO as well as by the acceding country. For all past NATO enlargements, the NATO PA has played a leading role in monitoring the ratification process and encouraging its prompt completion. Ratification of the Macedonian accession protocol is expected to take around a year. 

During their visit, members of the Macedonian delegation to the NATO PA and their colleagues - members of the Defence and Foreign Affairs Committees of the Macedonian parliament - will meet with leading officials at NATO and SHAPE, the Alliance’s military headquarters. Topics will include among others the accession process, NATO’s role in the Western Balkans, NATO-Russia relations, NATO operations, and the defence against hybrid threats. 

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