Tag: passports
Macedonia 15.04.21 | 18:14

Albanian President Meta wants an investigation into the mafia passports scandal in Macedonia

Albanian President Ilir Meta called on the authorities to investigate the mafia passports scandal in Macedonia, after it was revealed that regional mafia bosses were given Macedonian passports. Some of the passports were issued using stolen identities from ethnic Macedonians who live in Albania and also...

Macedonia 11.04.21 | 17:00

Lawyer confirms that Serbian mafia boss has a Macedonian passport

Serbian lawyer Zora Dobricanin, who represents mafia boss Jovan Vukotic, has confirmed that he has a Macedonian passport. Vukotic, one of the leaders of the notorious Shkaljarski clan, obtained the passport in 2018. In an interview last year, Dobricanin said that Vukotic had an authentic Macedonian passport,...

Macedonia 10.04.21 | 18:03

Interior Minister Spasovski is close to one of the suspects in the mafia passports scandal

One of the suspects detained in the major mafia passports scandal is close to Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, it was revealed today. The Ministry is under an investigation after it was revealed that clerks issued over 200 passports to mafia figures and hitmen from the region and beyond – including...

Macedonia 09.04.21 | 12:44

US Embassy refrains from comment on the passports scandal

The US Embassy in Macedonia spoke out about the major scandal in the Interior Ministry, where it was revealed that a number of high profile mafia bosses and hitmen from the region were given Macedonian travel documents. In his defense, Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said that he was in fact investigating...

Macedonia 08.04.21 | 12:16

LIVE: New revelations of mobsters who were issued passports by the Macedonian Interior Ministry

VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Vladimir Misajlovski is holding a press conference to reveal additional names of European mobsters who were issued passports by the Zaev regime. During the week, VMRO revealed that Albanian, Serbian and Turkish mobsters were given passports over the past four years. Another...

Macedonia 08.04.21 | 11:33

VMRO-DPMNE: Why didn’t Spasovski inform other police services that mobsters are using passports issued by his Ministry?

The VMRO-DPMNE party issued a press release to respond to Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski’s attempts to spin the growing “passports for criminals” scandal. The Interior Ministry was revealed by VMRO-DPMNE to have been issuing passports to a number of regional mafia bosses, including...

Macedonia 08.04.21 | 09:32

Six detained over the “passports for criminals” scandal

Six suspects, including Interior Ministry clerks, were ordered into detention for a month after they were arrested for issuing passports to high level regional criminals. Another two regional mobsters were given Macedonian passports by the Zaev regime The scandal was revealed by the opposition VMRO-DPMNE...

Macedonia 09.02.21 | 20:21

Passport law amendments in Parliament, new name incorporated as of July 1

The issuance of passports with the new constitutional name will begin on July 1, read the amendments to the Law on Passports, which first reading passed in the Parliament’s Committee on Political System and Community Relations on Tuesday. The draft law was passed without discussion at the session...

Macedonia 20.12.20 | 14:52

Nikoloski: The fact that no Macedonians sought Bulgarian passports before it joined the EU proves this is an economic, not ethnic issue

Responding to comments from Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva about the tens of thousands of Macedonians who sought Bulgarian citizenship, VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski said that this only happened after Bulgaria gained EU membership. This made the Bulgarian passport highly...

Macedonia 15.05.20 | 11:14

Validity of passports and driver’s licenses extended until July 31

The Ministry of Interior informs the citizens that the validity period of passports and driver’s licenses that has expired during the state of emergency has been extended, and they are valid until July 31, 2020. This means that these citizens do not need to get new passports and driver’s...

Macedonia 07.03.20 | 16:20

Culev: New passports to be provided in 7-10 days

The passports are expected to arrive German in a week, according to the Ministry of Interior’s communication with the company Veridos that produces them. Minister Nake Culev informed on Saturday. According to the agreement, the passports should arrive on March 24. We are in constant communication...

Macedonia 20.02.20 | 20:18

Culev calls on Spasovski to convene the Government in order to resolve the passport crisis

Interim Interior Minister Nake Culev called his predecessor, now interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, to schedule a meeting of the Government where the unprecedented issue of passports will be discussed. Macedonia is currently left almost without blank passports and other personal documents, which...

Macedonia 20.02.20 | 15:02

Culev: Passports expected to arrive next month will not feature country’s new name

The new passports, expected to arrive next month, will not feature the country’s new name, Interior Minister Nake Culev said at Thursday’s press conference. As he said, the reason for this was the lack of technical specifications on the layout of the new passport, which, according to Culev,...

Macedonia 20.02.20 | 14:43

Who created the passport problem?!

Doctors will decide who will get a passport. Bravo, is it a real reform. It’s easier to get a Bulgarian than a Macedonian passport, these are just some of many reactions to the problem facing the country – a country without passports, IDs, driver’s licenses. Social networks are full...

Macedonia 20.02.20 | 10:46

No passports, no IDs, waiting for hours for birth certificate… this is chaos, citizens say

In addition to the problems with issuing passports, nowadays citizens also encounter chaos in the Registry Office. Due to the refurbishment of the facility, there is currently only one desk working in the hallway where countless citizens are waiting for all kinds of documents and certificates. Outraged...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 23:23

Public Prosecutor’s Office opens investigation into the lack of passports

The Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into the lack of passports. Interior Minister Nake Culev informed that he had submitted the file to the Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime and Corruption. The Prosecutor’s Office says they are gathering relevant evidence...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 15:22

Passports will be given only to citizens who urgently need them, new batch arrives in March

The Interior Ministry will issue passports only to the most urgent candidates. Due to the badly botched procurement process, which is rife with corruption allegations, there are currently only 3.700 blank passports, which doesn’t get even close to meeting public demand. Interior Minister Nake Culev...

Macedonia 12.02.20 | 15:10

Culev reveals details about the corrupt contracts the Interior Ministry signed with the Veridos company

Interim Interior Minister Nake Culev said that there is strong evidence of abuse in the Ministry, in the procurement of personal documents such as passports. Macedonia is currently running out of blank passports after problems with the procurement orders with the German Veridos company, as allegations...

Macedonia 22.01.20 | 18:16

Arsovski: MoI paid 4 million euros to “Veridos” in violation of an article of the framework agreement

Third day of the silence of SDSM and Oliver Spasovski for the suspicious contract for the procurement and delivery of passports and IDs worth more than 19.5 million euros, or passports and IDs to be procured in 2020 and 2021. The whole procedure we have been talking about these days is extremely suspicious...

Macedonia 20.01.20 | 19:42

SDSM and Veridos company passports crime amounts to 20m euros

Outgoing SDSM and Zaev from day to day is committing bigger crimes. There is no day without some criminal contract or corruption scandal. Yesterday we had the opportunity in the media to see serious indications of crime by the outgoing government in the MoI through the procurement of passports and personal...

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