[h=1]The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia[/h][h=2]Membership status[/h]Candidate country
[h=2]Background[/h]The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – along with other Western Balkans countries – was identified as a potential candidate for EU membership during the Thessaloniki European Council
summit in 2003.
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia applied for EU membership in March 2004. The Commission issued a favourable opinion in November 2005, and the Council decided in December 2005 to grant the country candidate status. In October 2009, the Commission recommended that accession negotiations be opened. More information on the country's relations with the EU