Greek parliament on Friday ratified an agreement that changes the name of the neighboring Macedonia, unblocking after decades the neigbor’s aspirations to join the European Union and NATO.
The vote in favor was 153:146, with one MP abstaining from vote in the country’s 300-seat legislative house.
In his address to the lawmakers prior to the vote, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the Prespes agreement brings stability to the entire Balkan region. The deal does not pose any threat to Greece’s interests, he said, adding that today’s ratification is a historic event.
The deal was supported by 145 MPs of PM Tsipras’ SYRIZA, seven independent MPs and one MP of Independent Greeks party.
The settlement ends a 28-year-old row between Athens and Skopje over the use of the term Macedonia by renaming the state “Republic of North Macedonia”.
Macedonia has already ratified the deal.