Dr. Ioannis Armakolas, Assistant Professor at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia and Head of the South-East Europe Programme – ELIAMEP, commented on the issue of the implementation of the Prespa Agreement after France’s veto against the enlargement process of the EU in an article by Giorgos Fokianou for Naftemporiki.

Dr. Armakolas said that a small part of the implementation of the Prespa Agreement concerning the erga omnes use of the name of the neighboring country, and in particular its use internally, is linked to the accession chapters and in particular to their opening, but this does not mean any risk- as he pointed out – to the fundamental principles of the Prespa Agreement.

At the same time, Dr. Armakolas underlined that the Prespa Agreement was signed because of the strong motive of the European perspective of the neighboring country. According to him, “there was no other way to convince them, the only reason was the prospect of joining the EU”.

You can read the article in Greek here