PES hopes that Macedonian Parliament will respect the result of the referendum
The Party of European Socialists notes that an overwhelming majority of Macedonian voters said ‘yes’ to the European future of the country in yesterday’s referendum and expects Macedonian parliament to further work for it. Unfortunately, the referendum failed to meet the minimum participation of 50%.
PES president Sergei Stanishev said:
‘A remarkable number of Macedonians went to the polls yesterday to support the deal that will allow for EU and NATO membership negotiations. The context of this referendum was a very difficult one, with a terribly irresponsible boycott from the VMRO - DPMNE party, an EPP member, and a large-scale disinformation campaign. The result of the pro-EU camp has a lot of merit. The country needs to seize this historic opportunity before it is gone for another generation’.
‘The PES commends Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his social democratic party - our member party SDSM - for the good campaign they run. The 90% yes vote from those who went to the polling stations is a big success and an indication of the will of the citizens. But the obscene nationalism displayed by the VMRO-DPMNE Party could be lethal for the European future of the country’.
‘We encourage the government majority and the Macedonian parliament in full to continue to work for a name change that will clear the European and NATO path for the country and prevent future diplomatic isolation’.