‘North Macedonia’ Referendum Campaign Kicks Off with Little Fanfare

   The campaign for FYROM’s referendum on endorsing the ‘North Macedonia’ name deal with Greece officially began on Monday despite no obvious signs of activity from political parties or campaigners.
FYROM’s State Election Commission confirmed to local media that the legal period of campaigning ahead of the September 30 poll was underway.
However, there was little fanfare from the pro-and anti-deal sides.
Parliament recently set September 30 as the date for a referendum on the country’s NATO and EU membership bids and on its agreement with Greece on the country’s name

However, the opposition nationalist VMRO-DPMNE lawmakers were not present at the vote.
In June, NATO sent an invitation to FYROM to begin accession talks with the alliance, following a landmark accord with Greece over the former Yugoslav republic’s name.