Directorate for International law and Consular affairs


Director: Jakup Redzepi

The Directorate for International Law and Consular Affairs adopts annual work plans and reports; plans, organises, coordinates and monitors the activities and tasks related to international law and the harmonisation with the EU acquis communautaire, as well as consular protection; participates in procedures for harmonising, entering into, ratifying and executing international agreements and documents; participates in promoting the contractual-legal framework with other countries and international organisations; monitors the development and codification of international law; performs the role of depositary of international agreements; protects the interests of the Republic of North Macedonia; provides consular protection to its citizens and the interests of legal entities abroad; monitors visa and migration policies; coordinates the work of inter-departmental and intergovernmental border demarcation bodies and takes care of state border issues; organises  consular consultations; provides coordination and cooperates with competent institutions and authorities of the country; provides guidelines and instructions for the representations and monitors their work; cooperates with the accredited representations of the Republic of North Macedonia; manages and organises the work of the sectors and departments in its composition; prepares and implements staff training programme prior to being posted to the representations; evaluates the work of the organisational units and representations under its jurisdiction; performs other duties within its scope of activities.   


Sector for International Law

The Sector for International Law prepares annual work plans and reports, performs and coordinates the activities and tasks related to initiating and participating in the internal legal procedure for negotiating and signing and/or accession and/or ratifying international treaties and documents; proposes positions and participates in the implementation of the Agreement on Succession Issues of the Former SFRY; participates in the work of interministerial and intergovernmental bodies on all border and border incident-related matters; monitors the development and codification of international law; monitors and analyses the EU acquis communautaire and its development and participates in the harmonisation of the domestic legislation and the international legal obligations of the Republic of North Macedonia with the EU acquis communautaire; performs the role of depositary of international agreements; provides legal opinions and advice on matters of international law; proposes positions and participates in the work of the bodies of the United Nations and the Council of Europe under its competence; monitors and analyses the work and/or coordinates the cooperation with the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, the Hague Conference on International Private Law and the specialised courts of the United Nations; provides coordination and cooperates with the competent state institutions and bodies; prepares guidelines and instructions for the representations and monitors their work; cooperates with the accredited representations of the Republic of North Macedonia; organises and evaluates the work of the departments in its composition; performs other duties within its scope of activities. The Department for International Law, EU Law and Multilateral International Agreements and the Department for Bilateral International Agreements operate within this Sector.  


Sector for Consular Affairs

The Sector for Consular Affairs prepares annual work plans and reports; performs and coordinates the activities and tasks related to the protection of the interests of the Republic of North Macedonia; ensures the consular protection of its citizens and the interests of legal entities abroad; implements national legislation and obligations under bilateral and multilateral agreements; develops and promotes consular cooperation and practice; participates in consular consultations; organises the duty of the Customer Relations Advisory Office; updates consular information on the external website of the Ministry; provides consular training for the honorary consuls of the Republic of North Macedonia; takes care of the establishment and development of the “virtual consulates” system aimed at providing consular services; provides coordination and cooperates with the competent institutions and authorities of the country; prepares guidelines and instructions for the representations and monitors their work; cooperates with the accredited representations of the Republic of North Macedonia; organises and evaluates the work of the departments in its composition; performs other duties within its scope of activities. The Department of Consular Affairs for South-East Europe and the Department of Consular Affairs for European and Non-European Countries operate within this Sector. 


Sector for Visa Centre  

The Sector for Visa Centre prepares annual work plans and reports; performs and coordinates the activities and tasks related to the National Visa Information System (N-VIS), visa regime and visa policy; implements and supervises the visa procedure; monitors migration trends and regulations in this area; monitors the visa regime and visa policy of the European Union and participates in the harmonisation of the national legislation with the EU acquis communautaire; monitors, analyses and informs on the developments regarding the visa and migration policy; issues and maintains records of diplomatic and service passports and visas; participates in the work of interministerial and intergovernmental bodies on all border and border incident-related; coordinates with competent state authorities regarding flights of foreign and domestic non-civilian aircrafts; provides coordination and cooperates with the competent institutions and authorities of the country; prepares guidelines and instructions for the representations and monitors their work; cooperates with the accredited representations and the EU delegation in the Republic of North Macedonia; organises and evaluates the work of the departments in its composition and the representations; performs other duties within its scope of activities. The Department for the National Visa Information System (N-VIS), the Department for Visa Policy and Migrations and the Department for Passports, Flights, Borders and Legalisation operate within this Sector. 

Last updated: 23 November 2020