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7.02.19

Draft Act on the ratification of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia

Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA


The Slovenian government has defined the text of the Draft Act on the ratification of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia, signed in Brussels on 6 February 2019, and has submitted it to the National Assembly.

 
The Western Balkans are strategically important to the security of Slovenia, NATO and the European Union. The expansion of the Euro-Atlantic alliance to the Western Balkans remains one of the key catalysts of progress in the region and ensures regional stability.

 
On 12 June 2018, the Republic of Macedonia and Greece reached an agreement on the name the Republic of North Macedonia, which opened the path for the republic to be invited to join the alliance. At the July 2018 summit, the members of the alliance invited North Macedonia to begin accession talks for membership in NATO. The accession talks were concluded when all of the prescribed conditions and processes set out in the agreement between North Macedonia and Greece (the Prespa agreement) were satisfied. This was an important step on the way to the further expansion of NATO, to which Slovenia’s efforts made a significant contribution.

 
The procedure of accession to NATO includes several phases, which begin with the alliance sending an invitation to initiate accession talks. Pursuant to the decision taken at the 2018 NATO summit, a “plan for holding accession talks” was drawn up, on the basis of which the NATO Secretary General sent the Macedonian foreign minister an invitation to the official commencement of the accession talks.

 
After the adoption of constitutional amendments by the Macedonian parliament and the ratification of the Prespa agreement in Greece and North Macedonia, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) approved the draft text of the accession protocol. The accession protocol was signed by the permanent representatives to NATO. The protocol was signed on behalf of Slovenia on 6 February 2019 by Jelko Kacin, Slovenian ambassador and permanent representative to NATO.

 
Pursuant to its second article, the protocol will enter into force when each signatory to the North Atlantic Treaty officially has notified the government of the United Sates of America of its adoption. The government of the United Sates of America notifies all of the signatories to the North Atlantic Treaty of the date of receipt of the official notices and the date of entry into force of the protocol.




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