The country became a member of the United Nations in April 1993, but as a result of a dispute with Greece over the name, it was admitted under the provisional description the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (abbreviated as FYR Macedonia and FYROM), a term that was also used by some other international organisations. In June 2018, Macedonia and Greece resolved the conflict with an agreement that the country should rename itself Republic of North Macedonia. This renaming came into effect in February 2019, with a several-months-long transition for passports, licence plates, currency, customs, border signs, and government websites, among other things.
Prior to June 2018, the use of the name Macedonia was disputed between Greece and the then-Republic of Macedonia. The Prespa agreement, signed by Macedonia and Greece on 17 June, saw the country change its name to the Republic of North Macedonia eight months later. A non-bindingnational referendum on the matter passed with 90% approval but did not reach the required 50% turnout due to a boycott, leaving the final decision with parliament to ratify the result. Parliament approved of the name change on 19 October, reaching the required two-thirds majority needed to enact constitutional changes. The vote to amend the constitution and change the name of the country passed on 11 January 2019 in favour of the amendment.[needs update] The amendment entered into force on 12 February, following the ratification of the Prespa agreement and the Protocol on the Accession of Macedonia to NATO by the Greek Parliament. Previously, on 25 January, the Greek parliament had narrowly voted to back the agreement, with 153 approving and 146 against.
Prior to February 2019, in Macedonian the country name was Македонија, officially Република Македонија; in AlbanianMaqedonia, officially Republika e Maqedonisë; in TurkishMakedonya, officially Makedonya Cumhuriyeti; in RomaniMakedoniya, officially Republika Makedoniya; in Serbian and BosnianMakedonija, officially Republika Makedonija; in AromanianMachedonia, officially Republica Machedonia.