Tag: passports
Macedonia 17.02.24 | 10:49

The man who left half a million citizens without passports

In a brutal TV interview, former Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski acknowledged that the Ministry did not order a sufficient quantity of blank passports with the imposed name “North Macedonia”. After the Government, based on Greek requests, declared all passports with the name Republic of...

Macedonia 12.02.24 | 21:29

Macedonia hit with major crisis as hundreds of thousands of citizens are not allowed to leave the country

The Parliament today adopted changes to the law on traffic safety that will extend the validity of driver licenses with the name Republic of Macedonia until the end of the year. The urgent measure, adopted with 90 votes in favor, is an attempt to reduce one segment of the mess created by the SDSM –...

Macedonia 10.02.24 | 20:12

Greece issues note informing other countries that Macedonian passports without the adjective “North” are invalid

Greek media are reporting that their Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis has notified other countries and international organizations that they should not allow Macedonian citizens to enter their territory with passports that don’t have the imposed name “North Macedonia”. Greece insists...

Macedonia 03.02.24 | 09:34

Tens of thousands of Macedonians could be stuck abroad as the Government declares their passports invalid

Potentially tens of thousands of Macedonian citizens who live or work abroad, and who have not received passports with the imposed name “North Macedonia” yet could face serious problems in ten days. The Government is notifying countries across the world that the passports with the name Republic...

Macedonia 31.01.24 | 11:39

Toshkovski: With this level of passport issuance, it will take another year for all citizens of Macedonia to receive travel documents

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Panče Toškovski, sharing details of yesterday’s meeting with the Greek ambassador, Sofia Filipidou, states that he was informed by the ambassador that our institutions had hinted to her on several occasions that the problem we have would not exist, because 1,250,000...

Macedonia 30.01.24 | 22:47

Minister Toskovski tackles the passport disaster left over by the SDSM – DUI officials

On his first day in office, newly appointed interim Interior Minister Pance Toskovski from VMRO-DPMNE began to tackle the burning problem of issuing of passports. Under the previous, SDSM-DUI administration, the process ground to a halt, as the Government announced that it will declare all passports,...

Macedonia 23.08.23 | 21:11

In 2018 the Government assured citizens they will not face extra costs to add “North” to their passports

As citizens complain about the Government’s decision to force them to take out new identity documents – with the imposed name “North Macedonia” – an old statement has become relevant again. In it, in 2018, then Government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski assured the citizens...

Macedonia 22.08.23 | 22:16

Ombudsman Ziberi condemns Interior Minister Spasovski’s passports stunt

Ombudsman Naser Ziberi condemned the attempt by Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski to force citizens with valid identity documents to seek new passports, identity cards and driver licenses, because their current documents don’t have the imposed name “North Macedonia” on them. The move...

Macedonia 21.08.23 | 22:38

Criminal charges proposed against Oliver Spasovski for the chaos he made with the issuing of identity documents

A citizen submitted criminal charges against Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, for his push to nullify valid identity cards and passports, just because they have the name Republic of Macedonia on them. It’s widely assumed that Spasovski is using this move and is trying to create chaos in the...

Macedonia 29.07.23 | 16:15

Foreign Ministry will speed up the issuing of passports in Germany

The Foreign Ministry announced that it is introducing double shifts in the consulates in Bern, Bonn, Berlin and Munich, to speed up the issuing of passports. The reason is the decision of the Government to retire all identity documents that don’t have the imposed name “North Macedonia”...

Macedonia 24.03.23 | 16:13

Issuance of ID cards, passports, driver’s licenses to get more expensive

Personal documents, passports, ID cards, driver’s licenses… will become more expensive after the Government approved the decision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which should come into force in the coming period after it is published in the Official Gazette. The forms are currently being...

Macedonia 12.08.22 | 13:03

International mobsters got passports, and not even the Court can force the Interior Ministry to give a passport to a young man born to a Macedonian mother

The struggle of Henry de Graaf, born Dimitrov, in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with the Macedonian institutions and administration has been going on for three years. The nebula and illogicality that each of us has faced at least once in the corridors and at the counters, do not sway the 26-year-old...

Macedonia 06.04.22 | 13:01

Bulgaria plans to speed up the issuing of dual passports in Macedonia and other countries in the region

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev convened a meeting of top Government officials to put forward a new policy on issuing passports to ethnic Bulgarian abroad. Under this policy, during the previous administrations, Bulgaria has issued between 80 and 120 thousand passports to Macedonian citizens, as well...

Macedonia 30.03.22 | 20:08

MEP Kovatchev demands that all Macedonians with Bulgarian passports be named, after only 3,500 registered in the census

Bulgarian member of the European Parliament Andrey Kovatchev responded to the census results in Macedonia by demanding that all Macedonians who received a Bulgarian passport are publicly named. Only about 3,500 people declared themselves as Bulgarians in the census, but Bulgaria has issued at least 80,000...

Macedonia 22.01.22 | 21:01

VMRO: It will be quicker if Interior Minister Spasovski tells us which regional mobsters did not receive a Macedonian passport

It would be easier if Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said which regional mobsters were not given Macedonian passports, since that list will be shorter compared to the list who were given fake passports, said the VMRO-DPMNE party in a statement. The comment comes after it was revealed that Serbian...

Macedonia 10.11.21 | 11:30

In one month, 200 passport applications were submitted to the Macedonian Embassy in Germany

In less than a month, over 200 people have been photographed, and about 70 Macedonian citizens have already obtained a new passport using the base station for issuing passports at the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany. Macedonia’s ambassador...

Macedonia 16.10.21 | 14:40

Macedonian factory for passports for international mobsters and drug cartels

This year, the Ministry of Interior was shaken by perhaps one of the biggest scandals in recent history when MoI officers unlawfully issued as many as 215 passports, of which in 2014 to foreign nationals and one Macedonian citizen who acquired a fake identity, thus abusing their official position. Among...

Macedonia 25.06.21 | 10:02

Spasovski confirms that issuance of passports with country’s new name will start on Thursday

Passports with the country’s new constitutional name – Republic of North Macedonia will start being issued on Thursday, confirmed the Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski at Thursday’s Parliament Q&A session. Responding to MP Ane Laskoska about the lack of blank passport, Spasovski...

Macedonia 22.06.21 | 09:09

Interior Ministry stops issuing documents until the end of the week

The Interior Ministry announced it will stop issuing passports, identity cards and driver licenses from Wednesday until Sunday. The Ministry claimed that the reason is an update of the system. This comes after weeks of complaints from citizens that they can’t get an appointment for even the most...

Macedonia 11.06.21 | 13:39

Only conditional sentences for issuing passports to drug lords

The Skopje Criminal Court found Faruk Buki, Vesna Kolevska and Branislava Spisic guilty in the “Double” case. Defendant Buki was sentenced by the court to three years in prison, while defendants Kolevski and Spisic were given suspended sentences of one year in prison in case they repeat the...

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