The European Union and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have signed a Framework Agreement for enhancing cooperation between the two sides in crisis management operations, it was announced on Monday.
European External Action Service Executive Secretary-General Pierre Vimont and Macedonian Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Poposki signed the document on behalf of their respective sides, an EU statement said.
Notably, Macedonia is already a partner in the area of the EU's Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), having signed an "ad hoc" instrument for its participation in the EU military operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR Althea) on July 3, 2006.
Macedonia has since contributed important assets in the form of helicopters and medical support, and continues to contribute troops to the operation while participating in an EU Battlegroup in the second half of 2012.
The agreement signed on Monday sets down a legal framework governing any future participation by Macedonia in the full range of EU-led operations and missions. The new instrument enables Macedonia's smooth involvement in on-going and future EU crisis management efforts in different areas.
by RTT Staff Writer
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