The name deal signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in June stipulates that Athens will launch the process to ratify the agreement only after Skopje has completed its part of the process. Skopje must first notify Athens that its lawmakers have endorsed the deal (Article 1.4.b).
The biggest Bulgarian-Macedonian businesss forum was opened in Skopje on 17th of January, reports BNT.
Bulgaria is represented by a government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, which also includes the Deputy Minister of Economy, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and the Director of the Executive Agency for Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.
Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos accused former party MPs of exchanging their support for the government in a no-confidence vote for their cabinet positions, during a speech in a parliamentary debate on the motion on Wednesday.
"They chose the ministerial position for a vote of confidence," he told lawmakers, adding he will vote against the government.
The Greek government never really tried to reach any kind of understanding with the country's opposition parties on the name deal signed with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in June.
Leftist officials failed to brief party leaders in time as negotiations unfolded between Athens and Skopje.