The European Commission assessed the results of the referendum in Macedonia

© AP Photo / Thierry CharlierКомиссар the European Union’s enlargement and neighborhood policy Johannes Hahn. Archival photoThe European Commission assessed the results of the referendum in Macedonia© AP Photo / Thierry Charlier

The European Commissioner for EU neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn said that the referendum in Macedonia showed «broad support» Euro-Atlantic choice of the country and called on political leaders to respect this decision.

The Advisory referendum in Macedonia was held on Sunday the low turnout. More than 90% of referendum participants supported the renaming of the country to Northern Macedonia, which previously agreed Skopje and Athens. Although the agreement on renaming solves the perennial dispute about the name of Skopje and opens the path to NATO and the EU, it has led to criticism both in Greece and in Macedonia itself. Many political parties in Skopje announced a boycott.

«I congratulate those citizens who voted at today’s consultative referendum and have used their democratic freedoms. A substantial vote for, there is broad support Prespan agreement (to rename) and Euro-Atlantic path of the country,» the EU Commissioner said on Sunday, reacting to first results of the referendum.

«Now I expect all political leaders respect this decision and taking it with maximum responsibility and unity across all party lines in the interests of the country,» he added.

The majority of voters in a referendum about renaming of Macedonia was supported by an agreement with Greece and the country’s accession to NATO and the EU, this issue will now be considered by Parliament, said on Sunday evening the Prime Minister of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. The turnout at the referendum was 36,36%, with a minimum threshold of 50%.

The European Commission assessed the results of the referendum in Macedonia© Infographical two Macedonia: why we need a referendum

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