Kovachevski: The budget will be adopted by December 23rd the latest

Skopje, 8 December, 2017 - 19:33 (META) 

The budget for 2018 can be adopted no later than December 23rd, told “Meta” SDSM MP Vasko Kovachevski, who chaired the Finance and Budget Committee.

He added that the Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, is due to return from the United States approximatley December 15th, and during that period he will schedule a plenary session to discuss next year’s budget.

“The discussion in Parliament should last up to five working days. If Parliament Speaker Xhaferi schedules a session on December 18th and the opposition takes part in the debate, no later than December 23rd, the budget will be passed. If the opposition does not participate, the adoption of the budget can be done even earlier”, said Kovacevski.

After completing the debate on the draft budget of the Commission for financing and the budget,tomorrow he will go before the Legislative Committee in Parliament, and discuss which amendments should be considered from a legal point of view. Then the draft budget will be returned to the Government, and within five days, it should be returned to Parliament.

The draft budget for 2018 is 3.4 billion euros, the excise tax on oil will increase

Skopje, 2 November, 2017 - 12:00 (META) 

The draft budget for 2018 is worth 3.4 billion euros, announced Minister of Finances Dragan Tevdovski. Today, he presented the figures to the public, civil society organizations and representatives of the chambers of commerce.

The budget deficit is planned at 2.7% of the domestic gross product versus 2.9% last year.

This, as Tevdovski said, is aimed at gradually reducing the debt and fiscal consolidation.

The progressive personal income tax will start to apply from January 1st, 2019 and for now there will be no major tax changes. Tevdovski noted that this is so that he would not have to rush to pass the legal solution, and to have enough time for debate and to harmonize attitudes with relevant international institutions on this issue.

In terms of revenues, the Ministry of Finance has been paying an increase in the excise tax on oil for 3 denars, ie to 3,54 denars with VAT.

Rashkovski: The previous government spent 800.000 euros on employees that never went to work

Skopje, 28 August, 2017 - 13:49 (META) 

A total number of 166 government employees didn’t go to work in 2016 caused damage to the budget in the amount of  800.000 euros, announced the Government’s General Secretary on his Facebook profile.

“This is how our money was spent. A disciplinary procedure was put into motion and depending on the outcome, an appropriate procedure will follow. A damage was caused in the amount of more than 800.000 euros. While someone is mocking the rise of the minimum wages, they were paying their party soldiers not to go to work”, said Rashkovski.

According to the documents that were published by the Government’s General Secretary, 78 employees that were on the pay roll did not go to work, and on the 22nd of May were summoned to go to work by a clerk from the General Secretary’s cabinet, Biljana Miteva, who allocated them in the remaining General Secretariat’s organizational units.

The decisions for their employment were signed by the previous General Secretary, Kiril Bozinovski.

The SEC has no money to announce new tenders, Government promises funding before elections

Skopje, 12 September, 2016 - 15:23 (META) 

The second draft for the balancing of the budget, which has turned into a discussion between the Electoral Commission and Parliament, states that the budget for the State Election Commission remains close to 104 million denars. (1.6million euros) which was predicted in the first supplementary budget of June, this year.

Then the SEC had its budget cut from 531,375 000 by approximately 400 million denars from the budget for 2016. At the time, the Ministry of Finance explained that the SEC’s budget had been reduced because of a lack of a date for elections.

However, the date for elections has now been set for December 11, since the draft supplementary budget was already being discussed in the commission hearing, the amount of 104 million denars for the SEC remained the same.

However, it is possible for the amount to be adjusted so that after the Commission hearing, when the draft supplementary budget is returned to the Government, they may suggest a higher budget for the SEC, which will then be discussed at the plenary session of Parliament.

Whether and how much money is provided to the SEC, the Ministry of Finance said they have mechanisms in place to provide the necessary funds for conducting elections.

“After Parliament has announced the elections, the Ministry of Finance has mechanisms to provide the necessary funds for conducting elections”, said the Ministry of Finance to “Meta”.

They did not answer whether the amount to be provided which was initially planned for the budget for 2016, i.e. will be 531,375,000 denars, as requested by the SEC.

The SEC told “Meta” that they have yet to announce tenders for the procurement of ballot materials nor any other tender related to the elections.

“When the elections for June 5 were canceled, our budget was cut. For this reason, we can not schedule tenders to procure voting materials, or anything else related to the elections. We asked for the same amount of funding, just like all the elections before”, say the SEC.

The Municipality of Ohrid have passed the budget into a tense atmosphere

Ohrid, 27 December, 2015 - 13:29 (META) 

Ohrid next year will be counting on a budget of 18 million euros. The municipal council has approved the development plan for 2016.
To the governing majority of VMRO-DPMNE, it is functional and a sustainable budget, and will leave space for budget opportunities that will not create a new debt, and will be able to cover the old debts.

“With this concept of the budget, with numerous activities and projects, Mayor Bakracheki and this administration are careful to find an adequate number of funds where the Municipality of Ohrid can cover old debts, which is very important”, explains the Secretary of the Municipality, Dimitar Spaseski.
SDSM, meanwhile, the new budget is completely undeveloped and would not bring anything new to Ohrid.

“VMRO-DPMNE and the Mayor Nikola Bakracheski have not developed a vision for Ohrid, and citizens have know that for a long time. The Advisory Group to SDSM with its coalition partners continually says that we are obliged even today to point out that the budget for 2016 will do nothing to bring change. Мајоr Bakracheski and VMRO-DPMNE without vision, will continue for next year, 2016”, says Jovan Stojanovski, Coordinator of the Group of SDSM.

Veles: Ten villages cut-off from civilization and the budget

Veles, 25 December, 2015 - 9:37 (META) 

Cut off from civilization in the 21st century, there are almost ten thousand inhabitants of the villages of Veles. For years have been asking for the dirt roads to be paved which is meant to be planned in the Municipalities budget.

They were planned in the annual budget. Instead of 16.800.000 denars for the construction and reconstruction of the roads and streets, local government for the nine months of this year, have only spent four million denars.

Why have they not fulfilled the promises made to the citizens and where is the money which was allocated for the construction of these roads?

Bitola: Dark Suburb Instead of Golden Hill

Bitola, 24 December, 2015 - 9:31 (META) 

How were 2.5 million euros from the local governments budget re-transferred to be spent on other projects, different to what citizens were told.

At the old Army barracks there are “new” buildings being built.

The funds from the investors went to the municipality’s budget but the new tenants live in a ghetto without running water, sewage, roads or street lights.

The city council even decided to get a commercial loan to finish the work but the local Prosecutor launched an investigation into what happened to the finances that were in the budget.

Prilep: No Food and No Care for 128 Retirees (Video)

Prilep, 21 December, 2015 - 14:19 (META) 

The Nursing home for Prilep`s 128 retirees is financed from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, and with some personal income from the retirees. The Nursing Home`s bank account has been frozen due to debt, and now 128 retirees are without appropriate heating, food or care.

There have been some personnel replacements due to the accusations of possible fraud in the Nursing Home but the situation remains solemn.

Parliament votes in Budget for 2016

Skopje, 21 November, 2015 - 12:17 (META) 

With 66 votes “For” and 28 votes “Against” members of Parliament before midnight, passed the budget for 2016. It is thus the largest budget so far, which weighs in at 3.2 billion euros.

The opposition voted against, because during the five-day discussion on several occasions they stressed that this budget is wasteful, uneconomically, fanciful, undeveloped and not opaque. The budget, which, according to them, will increase poverty, debt and emigration.

For MPs in government again, it is a development aimed at stimulating investment in support of the small and medium size companies and that the social capital component is represented.

Minister of Finace Zoran Stavreski. said from the Parliament rostrum that the budget voted tonight was in the citizens of Macedonia’s interest  and thanked the opposition’s MPs for their constructiveness during the debate, and those in government who were familiar with theme.

Minister Staverski justifies the draft budget for 2016 before MPs

Skopje, 16 November, 2015 - 16:15 (META) 

Minister for Finance Zoran Stavreski, justified the draft budget for 2016 before members of Parliament today. He expects that next year the political atmosphere will have a higher degree of political stability, which will create a better climate for the economy, and for the realization of investments for citizens to bring better consumer decisions.

Minister Stavreski, explained to the MPs that he expects real GDP growth of 4 percent. The growth of the economy, according to Minister of Finance, will be supported by the implementation of projects in infrastructure, supporting companies through cheap loans and an increase in foreign investment.

“The main feature of the budget for 2016 is beginning the process of fiscal integration, which means that the fiscal strategy over the next three years, we will have to reduce the budget deficit and maintain the level of public debt at moderate levels. The budget deficit for next year will be 3.2 percent of GDP, and in 2017 it will be 2.9 percent and 2.6 percent for 2018”, stressed Minister Stavreski.

He said that exports will increase by 8.1 percent and imports by 6.8 percent.

“We expect a high level of gross investment. From next year we expect a stable monetary sector, price stability and the exchange rate and inflation to be no higher than 2 percent. The deficit of the current balance of payments will range from 1 to 1.5 percent and will have a sustainable level of foreign reserves by 4 percent”, said the Minister for Finance.

According to him, the budget should be a combination of developmental and social components. He noted that capital investment is at its highest level in the countries history, but there are more resources to support the socially vulnerable categories of citizens and pensioners.

For next year, the payment of social transfers will be higher by 5 percent.

The budget will include more money for health care, approximately 25 billion denars. To support balanced regional development, 25 578 million hve been allocated, which is 15 percent more than it was 2015.

Regarding road infrastructure, i.e. Corridor 10, 2.579 million denars have been allocated for that project, while 12 384 million denars for the construction of dozens of roads and another 2.200 million denars for railway infrastructure.

For the second phase of the national gasification system, 35 million euros have been allocated.

The planned deficit is 3.2 percent, according to Minister Stavreski, which will be financed from domestic and foreign sources, to be more precise, through Euro bonds in the domestic market.