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Issuance of ID Cards With a Chip to Begin Within 2 Years, the Gov't Announced

ID Card from Macedonia
The current physical ID card / Photo: Wikimedia Commons - CC BY-SA 3.0

Skopje, January 26 — Within two years, it is planned to start issuing an ID card with a chip, which will be the holder of the citizen's unique electronic identity and will enable electronic signing, government spokesmen told Skopje.IN.

This foresees the implementation plan for the creation of the National Electronic Identity on the proposal of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVR), which was adopted by the government a few days ago.

“The plan for the basic implementation of the national electronic identity for every citizen will be based on upgrading the personal identification document (ID card) with functionalities that will enable electronic identification and electronic signing, and, as an optional accompanying implementation, the introduction of a mobile application with the same functionalities”, the spokesmen explained.

According to them, the MKeID - as they announce it, should enable two basic functionalities: electronic identification and electronic signature, with the possibility of further expansion.

“MKeID should be used in all business processes and transactions that use electronic services, regardless of whether they are services from the public sector, the private sector, interactions between individuals or represent the concluding of a contract/s between several citizens”, they point out.

The plan, as the spokesmen add, envisages a high level of security in accordance with the Law on Electronic Documents, Electronic Identification and Confidential Services, and will be the basis, as they say, for the overall electronic management of the citizen's identity.

“We consider this project as a supporting pillar for the digital transformation of society, as it will enable a unified approach to the use of electronic services and the exchange of data, both in the state and outside it”, the spokesmen added.

In the two-year, the government announces that there will be a process of design development, public consultations, legal amendments, and system procurement.

The plan for the establishment of a national electronic identification will follow the example of the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro, the spokesman added.

Many European, as well as countries from the region, already have some form of electronic identity. Croatia presented its electronic identity cards in 2015, Serbia in 2019, Montenegro in 2020, as well as Bulgaria in 2013.



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