TA NEA: GREEK INVESTORS PLAN TO PULL OUT FROM MACEDONIA
Greek firms in Macedonia are discriminated by local authorities, thus paying the price for the deteriorated relations between the two countries stemming from the name row with Macedonia, whilst an increasing number of Greek investors are planning to pull out from the Macedonian market, Greece's daily Ta Nea writes on Saturday.
Greek businessmen are complaining about being constantly discriminated by customs and administrative services in Macedonia and that their negative conduct has been more evident recently.
Diplomats and economy experts forecast the relations between the countries to further deteriorate, especially in late autumn or in December, when EU will release its report on Macedonia. The report is expected to criticise Macedonia, hence the country will not obtain a date for entry negotiations, for which Athens will be blamed, Ta Nea comments.
MD: This could harm the Macedonian economy, since Greek companies hold a big share in the market. Greek company in Macedonia, Cosmofon is also expected to be sold. Austrian VIP mobile, the third and most new mobile operator in Macedonia, is said to be interested.