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.