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Recognition of religion or belief in North Macedonia

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of North Macedonia are classified receptive.

Recognition of religion or belief in North Macedonia


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; a focus is placed on the latter as legal registration.

  • There exists three categories of legal registration: “church”, “religious community” and “religious group”; the law claims to treat these three categories equally which means that a system of horizontal recognition is in effect but continued monitoring of the situation is needed in order to ensure that vertical recognition is not applied.

  • The Macedonian Orthodox Church is the only religious denomination to be directly mentioned in the constitution.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect (subject to continued monitoring of the situation).

  • There are procedures in place for appeal of registration denial both nationally at the Constitutional Court and if necessary, internationally at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).


  • Establish a recognition system that is able to provide existential recognition and legal registration to entities simultaneously and at different levels of activity.

  • Establish a recognition agency to manage and deal with this recognition system in a way that is autonomous from state control in order to avoid corruption and politicisation of the recognition and registration procedures.

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