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Summary: 28 July 2008, Brussels – Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) welcomes the formation of the new government in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, approved by the Parliament on Saturday 26 July.
"Let me congratulate Nikola Gruevski on his re-appointment as Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as well as express assurances of my full support in the process of bringing the country closer to the European Union.
Following the impressive election victory, the European Union now expects the new government to assume its responsibilities in pushing forward economic reforms as well as inter-ethnic domestic issues. I also welcome the government's intention to put emphasis on EU integration.
I hope that the government and all the political parties of the country will strive to promote and engage in a constructive and inclusive political dialogue with a view to realising the European perspective".