A new effort for a parliamentary debate about the Law on languages

Skopje, 30 January, 2018 - 11:15 (META) 

Today at noon, the 32nd session will continue at the Parliament where the 8th item on the agenda will be the discussion about the Law on languages.

The Parliament’s President, Talat Xhaferri skipped this item yesterday because, as he said, the technical conditions were not met for the discussion.

He informed that the parliamentary services didn’t process and translate the 35.569 amendments that were filed by the opposition.

Previously it was announced that at this session there will be a voting about items referring to personnel of various parliamentary organs, bodies, committees, delegations, councils, and commissions.

The debate of the Committee about the budget was postponed for the fifth time

Skopje, 5 December, 2017 - 11:51 (META) 

The first continuation of the 12th session of the Committee on Finances and Budget, that was supposed to resume today at 11 o’clock was postponed for the fifth time.

“The continuation of the 12th session of the Committee on Finance and Budget, at which a debate about the draft-budget for 2018 was taking place and was set for today starting at 11 o’clock is being postponed” informs the Parliament.

According to the Rule Book, the debate in the Committee can last for 10 working days. There are 279 submitted amendments out of which 204 were submitted by VMRO-DPMNE and 75 by Besa.

Joint session to be held between the Governments of Macedonia and Albania on December 15th in Pogradec

Skopje, 3 December, 2017 - 19:00 (META) 

Representatives of the governments of Macedonia and Albania have agreed to hold a joint government session, which is scheduled to take place on December 15th in Pogradec, Albania, reports the Government.

In the statement, they briefly added that at the session, several topics will be discussed, but the main focus will be on promoting mutual cooperation in several areas.

The Government of Macedonia held a joint session with the Government of Bulgaria on November 23rd, in Strumica.

The Parliament began the discussion for the appointment of a public prosecutor and then stopped

Skopje, 25 November, 2017 - 19:57 (META) 

The Parliament began the discussion for the appointment of Ljubomir Joveski for a new public prosecutor, but after an explanation about nomination by the Deputy Minister for Justice, Oliver Ristovski and the speech given by VMRO-DPMNE’s MP, Ilija Dimovski, the president of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferri, stopped the session and for its continuation he will additionally send notifications.

In his explanation, the Deputy Minister for Justice stated that Joveski has built his entire career within the legal institutions i.e. the Court, the Public Prosecution and as a member of the Council of Public Prosecutors and that his professional experience and his high moral features were the main reasons why the government has proposed him for this position.

-His biography is a guarantee for a successful accomplishment of his position as a Public Prosecutor in front of which lie many challenges – said Ristovski.

The MP and the coordinator of one of the 10 VMRO-DPMNE’s MP groups, Ilija DImovski, in his speech didn’t problematize the proposal for Joveski’s appointment for this position but he asked the public prosecutor to be nominated by the opposition and to be elected with two-thirds majority including a control of the work of the Public Prosecution.

MANU requires expert and scientific discussion on the Law on the Use of Languages

Skopje, 12 September, 2017 - 13:24 (META) 

Before the adoption of the Law on the Use of Languages, an expert and scientific discussion should be opened regarding the specific issues regulated by this draft law, with the participation of experts from different areas – linguists (Macedonians, Albanians, specialists in the field of verbal linguistics) lawyers and sociologists.

This is the view of the Presidency of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU) on the occasion of the Law on the Use of Languages, a European-flagrant procedure, that is, it should be adopted in a shortened course of action.

Macedonians, underlined, by the Academy, “should respect this and show interest in the languages of their fellow citizens and promote their linguistic rights, culture and traditions, but, conversely, representatives of other communities must show understanding, tolerance and respect for the Macedonian language, as the language of the majority people, and for its integrative, unifying function”.

VMRO-DPMNE left the discussion about Zvrlevski’s dismissal “since it was illegal”

Skopje, 16 August, 2017 - 19:56 (META) 

The coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE’s MP group, Ilija Dimovski submitted a copy of State Committee for Corpution Prevention’s opinion which states that the Public Prosecutor cannot be dismissed until the local elections are over, on the 15th of October.

The opinion of the State Committee was read by Dimovski and he gave a copy to Parliament speaker Talat Xhaferi. Dimovski also said that VMRO-DPMNE’s and the coalition’s MPs will leave the session and will stop the discussion.

-Nine MPs have registered for a discussion but we shall not continue with the discussion, with remarks, with procedural notifications in order not to participate in this illegal procedure. Everything that is illegal is now on paper, and we shall not be a part of this – said Dimovski.

He also said that the MPs will participate in the discussion on any other session that will discuss the citizens’ existential issues.

The President of the Parliament replied that the State Committee for Preventing Corruption is unauthorized to address the Parliament and is disrupting the Rule book. He said that an organ that is approved by the Parliament cannot be its controller especially if it is addressing the Parliament illegally.

After he called upon the names of the MPs who registered to talk and since they left the session, Xhaferi stopped the discussion and said that “since the discussion list has been exhausted, he is stopping the session and will additionally inform about the continuation of the discussion upon this subject.”

Xhaferi: As long as we have work to do we will have to keep on working and we shall continue tomorrow

Skopje, 12 August, 2017 - 20:32 (META) 

The President of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferi didn’t accept the request from the coordinator of one of VMRO-DPMNE’s 10 MP groups, Ilija Dimovski, for the session for the dismissal of the state Public Prosecutor Marko Zvrlevski to continue on Monday and has set the continuation of the discussion for tomorrow starting at 11 h.

Today’s continuation of the session for dismissal of the public prosecutor occurred without tensions but with remarks and counter-remarks among VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs, and apart from mutual outsmarting, there wasn’t a greater nervousness neither by the end when Xhaferi didn’t grant Dimovski’s request.

-Today’s behavior was a result of each MP’s behavior separately. As long as there is work to do we have to continue working. You set the dynamics of the flow of the debate. I cannot discontinue the debate. Today we have 60 calls for remarks for two MPs who apart from two MPs all of the others are VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs. I will leave the citizens to evaluate my work as I don’t expect that to be done by those that don’t recognize me – said Xhaferi.

Even today, VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs issued remarks and counter-remarks demanding a discussion about the raging fires, the indebtedness, the refugee strategy, the Law for languages, the dump near Struga and the personnel changes at various state institutions, instead of Zvrlevski’s dismissal which to them is illegal as it is occurring in a period when local elections have been announced.

Previously, part of VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs attacked the media and the NGO’s that are working for the government by criticizing the opposition as if they are blocking the dismissal of the public prosecutor instead of reporting about more important issues.

Topic for discussion on the budget regarding citizen’s compensation for earthquakes

Skopje, 22 July, 2017 - 17:56 (META) 

At today’s Commission’s discussion regarding the budget revision, the MPs argued the most about compensation for the citizens of Ohrid, Resen and Struga for the damage caused by earthquakes. VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs presented an amendment requesting two million euros for this purpose, but it was rejected.

VMRO-DPMNE’MP Antonio Milososki said that if there was political will, the new Government with the revision could allocate two million euros.

“This will help citizens repairing the damage caused by this natural disaster. Now you are defensive about the budget, i.e. the budget revision, or, you are defending the interest of Ohrid’s citizens who suffered damage”, Milososki added.

VMRO-DPMNE’MPs called for another amendment and asked for one million euros to compensate tourism workers due to the losses in tourism.

Minister of Finance Dragan Tevdovski stressed that with the budget revision, there was an item that refers to natural disasters, and IPA funds were intended for tourism workers.

Today the Commission of Finance and Budget will continue to discuss the budget revision

Skopje, 22 July, 2017 - 13:39 (META) 

Today at 10:30am, the Commission for Finance and Budget will have the fifth session discussing the Government’s proposed budget revision for 2017.

Prior to the beginning of the discussion, VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM were still having the same party views regarding the budget revision. VMRO-DPMNE said that “SDS are continuously and shamelessly putting citizens in debt”, SDSM said again that “the budget revision provides higher salaries for motivated workers and satisfied citizens”.

“For the first time in the history, with the support for domestic companies, workers in the leather, textile and footwear industry, will not be discriminated and will take the same minimum wage as workers in other industries. Besides, raising the minimum wage, the Government will subsidize annual holidays to the lowest paid workers and will adopt measures that will equalize the working conditions with domestic investors with foreign investors”, SDSM said in a statement.

VMRO-DPMNE said that citizens wanted to know why the Government had borrowed 70 million euros, in two months time.

“Regarding the budget revision, the SDS Government envisages an increase in borrowing by 150 million euros which is more than planned. Does the SDS Government plan to spend on the promised minimum wage of 16,000 denars, an average salary of 30,000 denars, a salary of 100,000 denars for doctors, or plans to spend this money on party employments, purchasing octopuses, seafood and flowers arrangements”, VMRO-DPMNE said in a statement.

The Parliament has voted for the final report of the budget for 2016

Skopje, 15 July, 2017 - 21:49 (META) 

With 92 votes “for” and without any “against” or withhold, this afternoon the Parliament has voted for the final report on the implementation of the budget for 2016.

During the marathon length eight session, the MPs of the ruling party were often absent in the hall and the VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs and the Coalition were exchanging retorts mainly with their party comrades.

VMRО-DPMNE’s MPs claimed that during the times when they were a ruling party the funds were spent sparingly, the wages were increased, the pensions and the social help, and the subventions were regularly paid. They stated that the realization of crucial infrastructural projects mustn’t be stopped such as the highways and the regional roads, and they reacted due to the decreased budget for the education.

At today’s plenary session a decision was made for dismissal of the Parliament’s General Secretary, Zarko Denkovski. Cvetanka Ivanova, an attorney and a former SDSM MP was appointed as a new General Secretary of the Parliament.

The Parliamentary President, Talat Xhaferri has stopped the eighth session, which continuation, as he said will be set additionally.

The Parliament should start the ninth session on Monday, during which the rebalancing of the budget for 2017 should be discussed.