20 October 2018
Commenting following the approval in Macedonia’s parliament of the name-change agreement with Greece, the European Green Party co-chairs Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni said:
“Congratulations to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the majority of the Macedonian parliament! They just took a historic decision to revive the European perspective of their country by voting for the name agreed between Prime Ministers Zaev and Tsipras. Macedonia had been in a dead-end of European politics for almost three decades. A lot of their young people lost hope and left the country. Hope is now coming back.
“A total of 80 members of Macedonia’s 120-seat parliament, including members of the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party, approved the proposal to reach the two-thirds majority to change its name to ‘North Macedonia’. The country will now engage in further rounds of voting that should conclude in January before Greece gets to decide on the matter.
“The Macedonian decision sends out a clear signal across the EU and the world that supposedly intractable conflicts can be resolved around the negotiating table in a spirit of compromise and understanding. This is undeniably a great day for democracy in Macedonia.”
“North Macedonia will be able to rely on the help of its friends within the EU from all democratic political flavours. It has been decisive that EPP, S&D, ALDE, and Greens supported the perspective opened by Prime Minister Zaev and Tsipras jointly and clearly.
“The Macedonian parliament’s move means a defeat for Russian meddling. We look forward to the impending decision on the Greek side to open the door completely.”
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