President Traian Basescu paid a one-day visit to Macedonia last Thursday, a release issued by the Presidency shows. Basescu met his Macedonian counterpart Gjorge Ivanov, touching on issues such as the Macedonia’s European and Euro-Atlantic perspectives, the stage of bilateral relations and the situation of the Romanian community. The Head of State assured the Macedonian President of Romania’s full support for the EU and NATO accession. He stated that Romania will plead at the European Council this June in favour of establishing a date for starting the accession negotiations in the context of identifying a solution in the file that concerns the Republic’s name. Likewise, the President expressed his hope that Macedonia will be invited to join the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance during NATO’s Summit in Lisbon. The two Presidents signed the Memorandum of Understanding that concerns cooperation in the communications and IT companies domain. President Basescu met with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanovski.