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FYROM push expected at EU meeting

Athens is bracing for some European Union members to push for accession talks with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to begin regardless of the country’s ongoing negotiations with Greece to settle the name dispute.

Kathimerini understands that Greek embassies around Europe have been picking up movement on this issue in recent weeks and Athens expects that there could be a move to kick-start talks with FYROM at the EU’s General Affairs Council, which will be held on April 20 and 21.

Greece is preparing for some countries to express concern that FYROM’s prospects are being held up by the name dispute and that the row should be treated as a bilateral issue, not one that precludes the EU entering accession negotiations with Skopje.