Serbian citizens who are members of that country’s ethnic Bulgarian minority will now be able to write out women’s surnames using the suffix according to the Bulgarian style, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said.
This means being able to use the suffixes “ova”, “eva” and “ska”, as is the practice in Bulgarian.
Until now, the endings would be “ov”, “ev” and “sk”, which in Bulgarian denotes a male surname.
The Foreign Ministry said that the embassy in Belgrade had been notified of the change by the Serbian Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government.
The ministry had instructed all local administrations to implement the possibility of spelling out female family names according to the rules of the Bulgarian language and alphabet.
Minister Branko Ruzic also accepted the proposal of Bulgarian ambassador Radko Vlaikov to conduct an awareness campaign among the Bulgarian national minority. Its purpose is to promote the possibility of naming the rules of the Bulgarian language not only to newborn children but also to change current female surnames.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that this was “a result of the purposeful work of the Bulgarian state in the past two years and after the question was put by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva”./IBNA