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Bulgaria: Lawmakers agree to lift block on North Macedonia EU talks | News | DW


Bulgarian lawmakers on Friday voted in favor of the government lifting its veto on EU membership talks for neighbor North Macedonia.

North Macedonia has seen its path to EU membership talks blocked by the government in Sofia since 2020 over a dispute concerning the rights of the ethnic Bulgarian minority.

“The decision is adopted with 170 votes in favor, 37 were against and 21 abstained,” parliament deputy speaker Atanas Atanasov said after the vote.

The vote on ending Bulgaria’s veto against its neighbor came two days after Bulgarian lawmakers toppled the government of Prime Minister Kiril Petkov in a vote of no-confidence.

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