Changes to Extend Passport Validity to Be on Parliament Agenda on Wednesday

The draft changes filed by VMRO-DPMNE aiming to extend the validity of passports until 31 December 2024 will be part of plenary session in Parliament on Wednesday (28 February).

Parliament Speaker Jovan Mitreski confirmed on Tuesday that the item would be on the agenda. However, he stressed that a law couldn’t be used to change international deals. On the other hand, VMRO-DPMNE once again called on all MPs to vote in favour.

LDP believes that all passports containing the stamp with the new constitutional name should be valid until they expire. The party, which has filed amendments too, believes that is not in violation of the Prespa Agreement.

Commenting on the matter, French Ambassador Cyrille Baumgartner gave a diplomatic answer when asked about how what course of action his country would take regarding the travel documents issue, that is, he said obligations arising from the Prespa Agreement were clear, but the right to movement of citizens to return home couldn’t be violated.