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Manchevski: The control of communications surveillance is part of the reforms in the judiciary and UBK

Skopje, 28 September, 2017 - 17:51 (META) 

In four different priorities from the “3–9” plan – Parliament, judicial reforms, reforms in the intelligence and security services and the fight against organized crime and corruption, are included measures that refer to monitoring of communications. This was stated by the Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Machevski at the promotion of the “Towards the citizens’ panopticon – A better balance between the protection of privacy and the need for monitoring communications.”

Manchevski addressed the problem with the massive surveillance for which the previous government was accused of and has passed on the efforts of the new government for introducing strong protection measures that will prevent illegal wiretapping.

-The government is aware of the great importance for an appropriate norming of the issues related to the monitoring of communications. No one has more reasons to be aware of that than us as we were the main target of the wiretapping. Therefore, it gives me a great pleasure that the civic organizations are making considerable efforts for overcoming the challenges and the open issues connected to the monitoring of communications – said Manchevski.

Manchevski: Next year we shall have a fully functional Central Population Register

Skopje, 6 September, 2017 - 17:50 (META) 

The reforms in the public administration are a significant part of the process of the EU integration and should prepare the country and the public sector to efficiently deal with the challenges with the Euro-integrations, said the Ambassador Samuel Žbogar during today’s press conference that was devoted to the “Go Digital – Assistance to the reforms in the public administration and strengthening the capacities of the Ministry of Information Society and Administration” project.

He stressed that the managing with the reforms of the public administration is not an easy task and therefore an inclusion of the whole public sector is needed.

The Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski said that the project plays a key role in the modernization of the administration including its popularization among the citizens.

-Through new functionalities, the citizens and the business sector will have a chance to consult the government more often and directly including its institutions – said Manchevski, who also said that it’s about a new strategy for a reform of the public administration who is part of the second component of the “Go Digital” project.

He also said that next year Macedonia will receive a fully functional Central Population Register which will solve the citizens’ problems with the data bases i.e. the problems with the electoral roll will disappear, with the ID’s, the health security cards and other documents and data with which the citizens had problems with.

Mancevski: The government has hired 96 people, all employed through public job vacancies

Skopje, 28 July, 2017 - 15:04 (META) 

The new government hired a total of 96 people in all institutions together, out of which 32 are special cabinet advisers to ministers, and only 26 employees have been employed in Government, Minister of Information Society and Administration said Damjan Mancevski at a press conference today.

All new employments in state institutions were made through previously announced public job vacancies.

“In accordance with the law, each minister is entitled to three internal advisers from administration and three outside special cabinet advisers. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has three advisers, and for comparison, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski had 86 advisers. On the other hand, from June 1st to July 25th through out the municipalities, where the mayors are from VMRO-DPMNE, they had more than 300 people employed”, said Manchevski.

He stressed that the previous government illegally employed people in the period from the announcement of the elections on October 17, 2016, to the day the new government was formed.

“During this period, a total of 7,708 people were hired, and 4,473 people were hired on October 17th, out of which 2,312 people were engaged by part-time contracts, copyright contracts or volunteering contracts. We will call the competent inspectorates to take appropriate measures to sanction all institutions and individuals who have violated the laws”, added Manechski.

“Out of patriotic reasons” VMRO-DPMNE renamed SDSM into SDS without the ‘M’

Skopje, 10 April, 2017 - 16:38 (META) 

Recently, VMRO-DPMNE has renamed the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and in the party’s official announcements and it’s party members’ statements, they have began addressing their political opponent as SDS instead of SDSM.

Out of the parliamentary rostrum it pronounced as “es-de-es” and this sort of newly formed speech was accepted or is followed by analysts and columnists close to this party and so they are speaking or writing about “democracy according to SDS,” “SDS”, “Plan B” that “SDS will try to take over the government by force” etc.

Previously, VMRO-DPMNE was using the temporary reference “SDS” when it was addressing or pointing at the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, but starting from the 6th of April it became regular practice in party official announcements.

When “Meta” asked why VMRO-DPMNE had renamed SDSM, Ivo Kotevski, the Director of the Communications Centre, in a style characteristic for the party’s announcements, by using the abbreviation “SDS,” replied that they did so because “by accepting the Tirana platform, Zoran Zaev has stepped deep into anti-state and anti-national policies.”

“The pardoned criminal Zoran Zaev has admitted that it is not convenient for SDS to act as patriots and now the whole public is a witness that with the acceptance of the Tirana platform he has stepped deep in the anti-state and anti-national policies. Nevertheless, there is no citizen in the Republic of Macedonia that won’t be able to name at least five reasons why no one looks at SDS as a political party that is defending the Macedonian state and national interests”, wrote back Kotevski.

Last week, from the parliamentary rostrum, SDSM’s MP, Damjan Manchevski, addressed his colleagues from the opposing party as DPMNE without using VMRO (Inner Macedonian Revolutionary Organizations) stressing that it was his personal opinion.

MPs from VMRO-DMNE demanded that their party is called by its whole name, and in the contrary, they said, they will start name SDSM in different ways.

Otherwise, SDSM in its official announcements addresses VMRO-DPMNE using the party’s full name.

Mančevski: We don’t have anything further to say to Hahn that he doesn’t already know

Skopje, 19 March, 2017 - 12:24 (META) 

The consultations between SDSM and the other political parties that gave their signatures in order Zoran Zaev to be the new mandatary, are still underway, and tomorrow, mostly by Tuesday, the proposal for a new president at the Parliament will be known, said the vice president of SDSM, Damjan Mančevski, for Television 24.

-I believe that by the start of the consultative session i.e. the meeting for coordination of the Parliament we will reach an agreement. There are several variants at play for which we will make a decision about as soon as we see what the true intentions are behind VMRO-DPMNE and Trajko Veljanovski’s irresponsible and highly despicable behavior – said Mančevski.

Regarding the accusations from VMRO-DPMNE that the initiative for summoning a parliamentary session for election of a president will contribute to the realization of the platform of the Albanian parties, Mančevski says that for SDSM there is no „Tirana Platform“ or a program by SDSM but a proposal program for a government and that the Constitution and the country’s unitarian character are not endangered. The rest, as he said, is pure speculation that is part of Nikola Gruevski black and negative campaign.

Mačevski says that SDSM along with its partners are ready even if president Gjorge Ivanov doesn’t change his mind and declines again to give the mandate to Zaev to form a government.

Whether SDSM, similar to VMRO-DPMNE will make some demands to the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, who will arrive in Macedonia on Tuesday, Mančevski says that as a party they don’t have anything further to say that wasn’t said already.

SDSM have still not secured the signatures of 61 MPs, Zaev and Ahmeti have not yet met

Skopje, 5 February, 2017 - 17:54 (META) 

The leaders of SDSM and DUI, Zoran Zaev and Ali Ahmeti, have not yet met, but there has been contact between the two parties, said Vice President of SDSM, Damjan Manchevski.

“Yes, there has been contact, on another level. It is correct that the two leaders have not met, except the public meeting which the public was informed about”, said Manchevski, when asked whether there had been a meeting between Zaev and Ahmeti.

He confirmed that they still have not secured the signatures of 61 MPs.

“The process is ongoing, we are working on gathering them, and immediately on forming a new government. The public will be informed immediately when there are any new events regarding this issue”, said Manchevski.

When asked whether DUI really asked for the position of Prime Minister, Manchevski denied it.

“No. All that information is speculation, there is absolutely no new details from what was announced yesterday”, said Manchevski.

SDSM announce new interim Government, the Netherlands warns new Government should be without “people under investigation by the SPO”

Skopje, 21 May, 2016 - 19:16 (META) 

To hold fair and credible elections, a new interim Government has to be established to implement reforms, announced the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia. Apart from that, the party has yet to disclose whether they’re currently holding talks on the formation of such a government and its format.

SDSM spokesman, Petre Shilegov at today’s press conference said that they had announced that after the resignations of their ministers had been confirmed and the old ministers from the VMRO-DPMNE government were reinstated as new ministers.

“We made that statement at the time when the attempt was made to bring down the Government from the Przhino Agreement, and in order to conceal Gruevski’s crimes,  they will deny everything they have done so far,  and they’ll do the same to this Government”, said Shilegov.

Yesterday the Vice President of the SDSM Damjan Manchevski, at a protest in Veles said that a Government will be formed very quickly which will meet the conditions for fair and democratic elections.

Yesterday, in the statement from the Dutch Embassy in the review of the visit of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and Director General for European Cooperation, Robert de Groot to the country, was weary of what kind of people would participate in such a Government.

“The participation of persons under investigation by the Special Public Prosecutor in the interim government, or any other political office does not contribute to restoring the confidence of citizens,” the statement said.

Manchevski: Until pardons are declared invalid, there is no possibility for negotiations

Skopje, 14 May, 2016 - 19:09 (META) 

“Elections on June 5 will not be held, this was confirmed yesterday by the SEC. The regime is crumbling from all sides’, Damjan Manchevski, Vice President of SDSM said at today’s press conference.

“And the Diaspora said “no” to rigged elections. According to the official data from the SEC, the Diaspora registered a total of 4848 voters. This means that even if Gruevski wanted by force for elections to continue, the Diaspora will not organize voting. Once again we urgently request that Parliament re-convenes so work can begin urgently to reverse the pardons by Ivanov”, Manchevski said.

When asked whether there is a chance after the meeting with the German special envoy Johannes Haindl for new negotiations between the four political parties, Manchevski said that until the pardons are declared invalid, and Parliament is re-convened, there is no possibility for negotiations.

Manchevski: “Fortress” Case is proof that there was no editing or cutting in the recorded conversations

Skopje, 31 March, 2016 - 17:17 (META) 

Yesterday’s events are the best proof that there were no foreign agencies involved, there were no yellow vans, there was no cut or edited conversations, said Vice President of the SDSM, Damjan Manchevski when he was asked to comment on yesterday’s press conference by the Special Public Prosecution on the case “Fortress”.

“Yesterday’s events are the best proof that Nikola Gruevski is constantly lying. Yesterday’s events are the best proof that those who break the law will be held accountable, and so will Nikola Gruevski”, said Manchevski.

The Special Public Prosecution yesterday opened an investigation which includes suspects such as a Chief of the Fifth Department or otherwise known as the Security and Counter-Intelligence Agency (UBK), Goran Grujovski and four other suspects, including former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska. They are all facing charges for destroying the illegal wire tapping equipment last year worth 10 million euros.

The Judge of the previous procedure last night accepted the request from the SPP and ordered the detention of the first suspect, Goran Grujovski.

This is the first preventive measure against a suspect for detention in cases brought by the SPP for cases arising from the content of the illegal interception of communications.

SDSM will withdraw their objections over the SEC, if VMRO-DPMNE accepts proposals on the media from the International Community

Skopje, 27 January, 2016 - 20:12 (META) 

We will withdraw our objections we have for the methodology of the renewal of the voters’ list, if VMRO-DPMNE agree to accept the proposals from the International Community to reform the media, said Damian Manchevski from SDSM.

“If this is not acceptable to VMRO-DPMNE, then they really do not want to hold fair and democratic elections.”

Manchevski clarified that proposals from the ruling party for the media law were not only unacceptable to SDSM, but were also unacceptable for media workers.

Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte gave a statement earlier, and said it was good that parties were making proposals, but they are only suggestions, and not final decisions. He confirmed that some of the proposals for the media from the ruling party did not meet European standards.