IRELAND SET TO RECOGNIZE MACEDONIA
Ireland is likely to recognize Macedonia by its constitutional name, Greek daily Eleftheros Typos said on Tuesday. The same source says Macedonia and Ireland signed a treaty to skip dual taxation. Macedonia's constitutional name was used in the bilateral agreement on the avoidance of dual taxation, signed on Monday during the visit of Macedonian Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki to Dublin. Ireland's government replaced the provisional reference FYROM and used Macedonia's constitutional name despite Greece's strong opposition.
Ireland is the second country among 15 old EU member-states, along with Great Britain, to express readiness to recognize Macedonia by its constitutional name, Eleftheros Typos said.
The paper says no official statement has been released by Greek Foreign Ministry thus far, but back-stage steps have been already taken to "freeze" the recognition.
Macedonian Foreign Ministry said the Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki and Irish Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche initialed the agreement on avoidance on dual taxation.
"This is the first bilateral agreement between these two countries with use of Macedonia's constitutional name, which formalizes Ireland's position that it recognizes the Republic of Macedonia by its constitutional name," Macedonian Foreign Ministry said.