EXECUTIVE BOARD
CONSEIL EXECUTIF

F.B (2004) OS
2 March 2004

Note for the attention of the members of the Executive Board

References concerning "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"
and persons belonging to a minority or speaking a minority language
outside the country

Taking into account Resolution (95) 23 adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 19 October 1995 at the 547th meeting of Ministers' Deputies, the Secretarial is hereby instructed to use the following references provisionally for all purposes within the Council of Europe pending settlement of the difference which has arisen over the name of the State in question. They are to be used in all documents prepared by the Secretariat of the Council of Europe.

The Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and independent monitoring mechanisms are strongly encouraged to use these references. However, texts emanating or prepared under instructions from the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, independent monitoring mechanisms, as well as reports, declarations and other texts attributed to individual Parliamentarians, representatives to the Congress, judges of the Court or members of independent monitoring mechanisms will not have to be changed if they are not in line with the agreed references.

As regards the country

Country:

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The inverted commas are an integral pan of the reference. When the term appears within a sentence, the (the) must be written with a small (t)

Adjective/ Nationality:

of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Examples: the government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the police of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia citizen of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Adjective referring
to culture: Macedonian (Slav)
Examples: Macedonian (Slav) traditions. Macedonian (Slav) culture

Language: Macedonian (Slav)

As regards persons belonging to a minority or speaking a minority language outside the country

Persons/group: Macedonian(s) accompanied by a footnote reading Terminology of self-identification used by the person(s) concerned

Adjective: Macedonian (Slav)
Examples: Macedonian (Slav) traditions. Macedonian (Slav) associations, Macedonian (Slav) schools

Language: Macedonian (Slav)

Jan Kleijssen, Director of the Secretary General's Private Office