admin1 – July 19, 2011 – 1:51pm

The law on use of flags which is part of the agreement between the leaders of the two coalition partners, VMRO-DPMNE and BDI, Nikola Gruevski and Ali Ahmeti, passed the Parliament Monday at short notice. Under this law, in municipalities in which more than 50 percent of the population are members of the minority ethnic group in Macedonia, the flag of the dominant ethnic group in that particular municipality will be posted next to the state flag at public buildings. The flag of the minority ethnic group however cannot be bigger than two-thirds of the state flag and will be posted during official visits of high-ranking representatives of the international community and when holding events of local and international character.

Will this law finally bring order to the chaos with the posting of flags, the Albanian flag to be more specific, which has been waved so far too only wherever those waving it felt like and often without the state flag? Experts say it is good to regulate with a law the use of flags but it is problematic that a flag of another country is waved in Macedonia.