Foreign Ministry invites legal experts to discuss Greece-FYROM name agreement

Academics and lawyers will examine the legal aspects of the Prespes Agreement, signed between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in June, at a one-day meeting at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

The ministry’s council of experts is inviting professors from all law schools in Greece including Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, to review the legal issues arising from the name issue agreement between Greece and FYROM, and to clarify points that could facilitate public discussion.

The four sessions of the meeting will include the following topics: the historical and legal background of the agreement; the agreement’s aspects relating to the definition of FYROM’s new agreed-upon name and the name’s usage; implementation issues relating to economic and cultural collaboration; and the resolution of outstanding issues between the two countries beyond the name, especially as relating to nationality and language.

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will wrap up the meeting with an assessment of the agreement and the strategy of its implementation.