On January 11, the Parliament of Macedonia endorsed the amendments to the constitution, which provides the name change of country from the Republic of Macedonia to Republic of North Macedonia, local media reports, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
‘81 deputies or two third of all members of the parliament voted "for." No one voted against or abstained,’ reads the message.
The situation around the name of the former Yugoslav Republic prevented Macedonia from rapprochement with the EU and NATO, since Greece was against the name ‘Republic of Macedonia’ because one of the regions of Greece called Macedonia. For this reason, after the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Macedonia was admitted to the United Nations under the name "Former Yugoslav Republic," and was called Skopje on Greek maps.
On September 30, 2018, voting on the referendum in Macedonia started, where the residents have to decide whether they support the agreement with Greece.
The following question was put to the vote: "Are you in favor of membership in the European Union and NATO, adopting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?’