A serious step forward was made in the endeavor to find a solution for the Law on Citizenship, which is expected to be put on paper no later than Friday, announced today Zoran Zaev, the Prime minister of North Macedonia after today’s meeting with representatives of the Alliance for the Albanians and Alternative.

“We have reached a compromise and this is a serious step forward. I expect everything we agreed upon to be put on paper by Friday. The goal is to pen a draft law and send it for discussion in the Parliament,” said Zaev.

Furthermore, he added, the years of required stay as a prerequisite to get citizenship in North Macedonia is 8 years residence of 8 years, whereas in the European countries is 5, 7 or 10 years, the new law will find a median, in accordinace with the European Union.

“There are 2 7272 requests for citizenship for little above 3 200 citizens, out of whom 1 500 do not reside here. There are additional 800 citizens, the so called phantoms, who were born here and have never received citizenship,” said Zaev.

Zijadin Sela of the Alliance for the Albanians stressed that by finding a solution for this issue, the state will make a good move toward building democratic capacities.