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Bosnia Serb Entity to Issue Own ID Numbers

The government of the Serb-dominated entity has adopted its own rules on the issue of personal identification numbers after the state-level authorities failed to resolve the logjam.

Elvira M. Jukic

The government of the Republika Srpska, the Serb-led entity in Bosnia, on April 2 adopted regulations on issuing personal indentification numbers in the entity after the state-level parliament failed to solve the problem.

On Tuesday it said that a new regulation on personal numbers had been adopted and will be used to issue them in Republika Srpska.

The problem arose after the Constitutional Court in Bosnia abolished the law on IDs in February, saying that names of several municipalities in the country had to be changed first.

Bosnian Serb MPs in the State Parliament complained that the law also did not respect the boundary between the country’s two autonomous entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska.

Some lawmakers from the Federation entity proposed adapting the existing law to take account of the ruling of the Court, but their colleagues from Republika Srpska wanted the law changed comprehensively.

Without a personal identification number, Bosnian citizens cannot obtain other basic documents, such as identity cards, health care cards and passports. As adults, they cannot get driving licenses, either.

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