The government of North Macedonia has announced the introduction of new (police) identification cards for its citizens that incorporate the country’s new constitutional name.
According to the announcement, the identifications will be issued as of today (25/8) and on them will be listed the ‘language’ and ‘country’ name as: “Macedonian / Citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia”, in both Slavic, the official language, and English.
For citizens of Albanian descent, their IDs will include the Albanian language, while for those from smaller minorities, their native language will also be included, per their request.
The new IDs were issued through a government act rather than a law, as a small party in parliament has tabled nearly 1,500 amendments to a related draft bill by the government, in order to block its vote.
In July, the government of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev issued new passports under the country’s new official name.
The issuing of both passports and IDs with the country’s new name is an obligation of North Macedonia under the provisions of the Prespes Agreement, signed with the Greek government in June 2018.