North Macedonia

Zaev: On Monday I will be the first to apply for the new passport which means the Republic of Northern Macedonia

Zoran Zaev gave a full interview to TV21, referring to the implementation of the Prespa Agreement, the new passport for which he will apply first on Monday and will list the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the pending memoranda, the change of names in country federations and the opening of new border crossings.

There are many things that have been done on both sides so far, but there are also things that remain to be done, Zaev said.

Announcing that the issuance of new passports bearing the name Republic of Northern Macedonia will begin on Monday, July 5, the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia stated that “the first thing on Monday morning I will be the first to apply “To get the first passport, these are ready-made documents. The Minister of Interior presented them to the Government on Tuesday and the implementation will literally start from the 5th, this is another new fulfillment of the Prespa Agreement.”

Regarding the issue raised with the name of the Football Federation, Zaev stated that “we have already started talks with the sports federations, many of the federations have changed their name in accordance with the Constitution, because they are representatives of Northern Macedonia and they represent Northern Macedonia, I believe that we will achieve it with the Football Federation of Northern Macedonia because they must follow the constitutional name of the state, the Prespa Agreement clearly states that everything that represents the state and is financed by the state, from the state budget must change its name in accordance with the Constitution.

Zaev further said, “What is important for all our people that they should know is that we are no longer FYROM on TV screens and international codes are in use in many cases, MK and MKD codes.”

And in such circumstances I can only say that I expect the Greek side to continue in accordance (with the Prespa agreement), adding Zaev.

Zoran Zaev expressed his complaint about the road signs indicating FYROM ““ it is our expectation that one or two signs that say FYROM (in Greek territory) will be replaced soon. It is not correct to write about them (ie) Turkey, Bulgaria and FYROM, or it is not correct to write about Turkey, Bulgaria and Skopje, it should write Northern Macedonia, FYROM really should stay in it the past “.

“But I also expect the memoranda that are in the Greek Parliament to be approved sooner rather than later, to let our citizens know once again that this is a memorandum with which they (Greece) cover and take care of our sky with “Greek aviation, the second important thing is also the memorandum of support of the Greek Republic on our path towards EU integration and the third agreement is for economic cooperation,” he added.

“These are good agreements, they bring benefits and I believe that the Greek Parliament will approve them soon. “Our working groups on both sides have serious successes, projects from Greece that did not even have the project documentation, the main (phases), bases, etc. are now completed” continued Zaev.

“The report I received from the working group for the border crossing” Markova Noga “is very positive with all the details inside. Money has been provided, what are the procedures that follow the implementation. A part of the road has been finalized on our side that will give you brought to our border crossing, we are ready, we paved the second layer of asphalt and we are ready, as soon as the asphalt comes we will also place the facilities where the customs officers will work.And it is good that the activities have started in Greece, as well as they started with the border point in Kavadarci “noted the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia.

“Declared conclusion This is the next phase, but one by one the steps that are part of the Prespa Agreement are being taken, which means the strengthening of the strategic partnership and friendship between us, between which are also these two new border crossings”.

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