The new constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia is Northern Macedonia. Zoran Zaev, the Macedonian Prime Minister said this during the speech broadcasted on the government portal.
According to him, the new name is officially agreed with Greece, which protested against the current name of the republic.
'The agreement guarantees Macedonia's exit from the isolation; it creates European perspective, stability and progress', Zaev said.
The country's residents will be now referred to as citizens of Northern Macedonia; however, the ethnonym' Macedonians' will remain, as well as the term 'Macedonian language'.
The solution of the dispute between Greece and Macedonia may create the impetus on the latter's way to the EU and NATO.
The Greece-Macedonia dispute has been lasting since the early 1990s, when Yugoslavia broke down, which led to the restoration of statehood of former member states, including Macedonia. The Greek side protested against the official name of their neighbors, calling the state either 'Skopje' or the 'Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia'.
The Macedonian parliament passed the resolution on joining the NATO in 1993, however, the negotiations with the Alliance are still underway. Greece repeatedly blocked Macedonia's talks with the EU and NATO over the said dispute.