In the last assembly, the government of Northern Macedonia approved the bill concerning the establishment of the Inspectorate for the implementation of languages, in particular the Albanian language.
In fact, since March last year, the Albanian has become the second official language of Northern Macedonia. An act that solved a very delicate linguistic issue that in 2001 had given rise to a brief but bloody clash between the Macedonian and Albanian ethnic components, closed thanks to international intervention and the signing of the Ohrid Accords.
Until parliamentary approval, the possibility of using Albanian as an official language was limited only to municipalities where the Albanian minority represented at least 20% of residents.
The new law
The new bill will regulate the method of inspection, the choice of inspectors, and provides for a fine in cases where the use of the Albanian language is not implemented.
According to the 22 article, fines are provided by the 300 to the 500 euros for all institutions that will not allow the inspectors to access the material to be inspected. Similarly the directors of the institutions in question will also be fined, with fines ranging from 100 to 200 euros.
While for all institutions that do not respect the provision of the law on the use of languages - or the use of Albanian as a second official language - there will be fines between the 4000 and the 5000 euros and the 30% of this sum for the directors of institutions themselves.
"Given that this is the establishment of a new governing body within the Ministry of Justice, an organizational structure of the inspectorate has been programmed according to legislation, as well as the criteria to be met for the election of the director and inspectors within of the new body. ”- reads the government press release.
The inspectorate, therefore, will be guided by a director, who will be selected through a public competition and will have a four-year mandate with the right to re-election.