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Macedonia Name Dispute (Public views in Macedonia)

Written by Sašo Klekovski, this report was jointly published by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation and the Institute for Democracy "Societas Civilis" – Skopje in October 2011.
The Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a leading civil society organisation in Macedonia and the region, established in 1993. The Institute for Democracy "Societas Civilis" (IDSCS) is a leading organisation for promotion of democracy established in 1999. Both MCIC and IDSCS are focused on the democratic development of Macedonia and the European policies and integrations.

MCIC has continuously supported the right to the name Macedonia. In 2004, together with other organisations, it organised and participated in “Say Macedonia” (Don’t You FYROM Me) campaign. In 2008, with a joint statement “Both Macedonia and NATO” MCIC, together with several organisations again gave its opinion on the name as a right to self-identification rather than a dispute.

However, after not being invited to NATO membership in 2008, as well as after the stand-still in the EU integrations since 2009, the Macedonia name dispute has become the main obstacle in the Euro-Atlantic integrations of Macedonia. In 2010 MCIC conducted the first public opinion research in Macedonia on Macedonia name dispute.
In 2011, MCIC and IDSC, led by the stand-still of the Euro-Atlantic integrations in Macedonia and the need for policies based on facts conducted a new research on Macedonia name dispute.

The publishers authorized PECOB to republish the report, which is available in both English and Macedonian.


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