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Govt Hires Man Opposed to Macedonia’s Use of Its NameWalter Schwimer, former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, who in March 2004 recommended to the CoE to use “Slavic” instead of “Macedonian”, arrived to Skopje yesterday, but not to apologize, but as an advisor to the Prime Minister.
For an undisclosed fee, Schwimer will advise Prime Minister Buckovski on the EU accession and promote Macedonia to the Austrian business community.
”I don’t understand this decision by Buckovski to name Schwimer as his advisor”, said Vladimir Milcin, Director of the FOSIM and organizer of the Don’t You FYROM Me campaign.
Milcin added that, in his view, were it adamant to have an Austrian advisor, having in mind the Austrian presidency of the EU, Johannes Svoboda would have been much better choice. He couldn’t see how Schwimer would promote Macedonian interests.