26% of Macedonians support the EU accession with a changed name

26% of Macedonians support the EU accession with a changed name

Skopje, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

One fourth or 26% of the citizens of FYROM would back the accession of the country in the EU with a changed name, while 63% support the accession of the country with the constitutional name as “Republic of Macedonia” and not through a changed name. This was concluded by the survey carried out by Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” in Skopje with the support of Conrad Adenauer Foundation.

The survey called “Integration of Macedonia in the EU” shows that the integration of the country in the EU is widely supported and according to the survey, 80% of the citizens say that they support the integration of the country in the EU, while only 14% are against. Over 51% have declared that the country is ready to enter the EU, while 42% have been against, as the country is yet to meet the criteria.

Citizens say that the main reason why the country is not part of the EU relates to the obstacles imposed by neighboring countries. 59% have shared this opinion as opposed to 48% in March. The study was conducted from 10 to 15 September 2014, with the participation of 1002 respondents from all over the country. /ibna/