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No preferential access for Macedonia in Greek ports. Bulgaria prepares “yellow card” for Macedonia.
The preferential use of the port in Thessaloniki, Greece, for Macedonian companies has been put under ice for 20 years, the daily says. This is despite the UN convention on sea trade that stipulates free exit and transit at sea for landlocked countries like Macedonia. Under this convention Macedonia should have a preferential status in using the capacities of the big Thessaloniki port.
Bulgaria is preparing a yellow card for Macedonia, says the daily. At a recently held round table in Sofia, titled “Where Macedonia is Going”, the participants concluded that Macedonia is treating Bulgaria with disrespect despite the fact that the country was the first to recognize its independence in 1990s. The participants said that Bulgaria as a response should set conditions for Macedonia’s EU entry. Bulgarian MEP’s, the Bulgarian deputy parliament speaker, as well as former Bulgarian ambassadors in Macedonia, historians and other experts were present at the debate.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
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