Spasovski: I have not been dismissed, I am still at work

Skopje, 14 December, 2016 - 13:17 (META) 

Oliver Spasovski is still the Minister of Interior and Frosina Tashevska-Remenski is still the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, and have both categorically denied that they were dismissed. Today they confirmed for “Meta” that they are working in their capacities as ministers and say that they will remain at their functions until the State Election Commission announces the final results of the election.

Oliver Spasovski told “Meta” that after the SEC reviews and decides on the appeals and complaints, they will announce the final results, and then he will finish his mandate.

“How can the Government dismiss us when Parliament appointed us? I am at work and performing my ministerial function. The law clearly states that our mandate can be terminated when the final election results are official. When the SEC reviews all 16 appeals which were filed, when the whole procedure is completed, then ask for a new minister”, said Spasovski.

Spasovski’s colleague, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Frosina Tashevska-Remenski, also says she is performing her duties in the ministry as normal.

“If until now, the voice and words of Nikola Gruevski were above the law, then that’s another problem. What the party leader said are not the final results. That is for the SEC to announce, who have yet to release the official results. Our mandate, as a transitional government, ends right up to the moment when the SEC have the the final word. I have a full mandate and I am performing my duties regularly at the ministry”, said Remenski for “Meta”.

Former Prime Minister’s one hundred day resignation stretches into one year

Skopje, 2 December, 2016 - 11:14 (META) 

The VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski’s resignation as Prime Minister has lasted 322 days instead of 100 days as instructed by the Pržino Agreement.

Last year in May, in an interview with “Sitel” TV, Gruevski was adamant that neither would he resign nor would he accept the formation of a caretaker government because, he said, it would be cowardly.

However, time has shown that even though Gruevski was convinced he would remain Prime Minister, for an entire year he has only been party leader.

Under the Pržino Agreement, the early parliamentary elections were meant to be held on April 24, so Gruevski resigned as prime minister on January 15, 2016.

One day before he resigned, Gruevski publicly address the nation, and announced he would resign for the good of the country.

“This resignation represents the strength of our belief and faith in democracy. Our goal is to have clean elections that will not give room for excuses to anyone. We are convinced that what we are doing is for the good of the country”, said Gruevski.

The new Prime Minister in charge of conducting the elections, Emil Dimitriev, the Secretary General of VMRO-DPMNE was elected, has sat in Gruevski’s chair for almost a year. The decision for Dimitirev to head the caretaker government was made at a meeting of the Executive Committee of VMRO-DPMNE, and confirmed by the Central Committee of the party.

At the time, Ilija Dimovski said that party leader Nikola Gruevski has the full support of the Central Committee and that he will again be a candidate for Prime Minister for the VMRO-DPMNE at the parliamentary elections. Now Gruevski is the top candidate in the parliamentary list in the fourth constituency.

At the request of the opposition, the election was rescheduled twice, once for June 5 and then a final date was scheduled for December 11.

Apart from the resignation of Gruevski, the Pržino Agreement determined resignations from the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Labour and Social Policy and in those positions, members of the SDSM were put in their places. As additional control mechanisms were introduced, additional Deputy Ministers were placed in the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.

As the dates were changing for the elections, so were ministers and additional deputy ministers from the SDSM, such as, Oliver Spasovski, Frosina Remenski, Kire Naumov, Ljupco Nikolovski, and Aleksandar Kiracovski. They submitted resignations and then returned to their functions.

Only Gruevski did not return to his function as Prime Minister, which he gave to Dimitirev for almost a year.

The Pržino Agreement was not exactly precise concerning deadlines that were to form a transitional government without Gruevski because the Agreement contains wording like “in due time” and “resignations will be made on time”.

Here, what this agreement provides the Pržino Agreement :

The incumbent Government will submit its formal resignation to Parliament in due time to enable the new Government to be sworn in on 15 January 2016, 100 days before the parliamentary elections which shall be held on 24 April 2016.

Under the constitution, if the election on December 11 are conducted in the best possible manner and meet the expectations of citizens, parties and guarantors of the Pržino Agreement, the new Parliament will be sworn in the latest by December 31, 2016, and the new government by mid-February next year.

This means that Gruevski will definitely not be as prime minister for more than a year.

Hahn and MEPs Howitt, Vajgl and Kukan Discussed Macedonia Today in Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 13 September, 2016 - 19:29 (META) 

The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn met with the three MEPs, Richard Howitt, Ivo Vajgl and Eduard Kukan in Strasbourg today where they discussed the current political situation in Macedonia.

After the meeting, Commissioner Hahn took to his twitter account to remind everyone how important credible elections are for the country.

The three MEPs and European Commissioner Hahn were intermediaries who brokered the Pržino Agreement between the four leaders of the four largest political parties in Macedonia.

What do the foreigners expect from the elections and after them?

Skopje, 5 September, 2016 - 21:16 (META) 

Holding elections does not mean that necessary reform process in Macedonia has ended, these were the categorical statements by representatives of the international community, which were directly or indirectly involved in brokering the Pržino Agreement and its sequel reached on July 20 this year.

Mainly, what’s required is implement urgent reforms, the SPO can smoothly continue their work, all political parties to strictly respect the credibility of the electoral process, after the election to form a government that will work on key reforms in the interest of all citizens , fair, inclusive, and therefore credible elections, as well as the perseverance and willingness to implement its commitments under the Pržino Agreement.

Here is who said what, but also the obstacles and messages which will be sent out on the day after the election.

Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations:

“It is not just about elections, but urgent reforms need to be implemented. The elections are important because they bring an end to a certain period, but they will not put an end to the necessary reform process.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister:

“We must avoid further setbacks to the country’s path to the EU. It remains important that the Special Public Prosecutor can continue with her work”.

Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn said in a Joint statement:

“We call on all political parties to strictly observe a credible electoral process, to allow all citizens a free choice and, after the elections, to build a government that tackles crucial reforms and works for the interests of all citizens. In the same vein, all political forces must urgently reenergize their efforts to implement the rest of the political agreement, including the Urgent Reform Priorities”.

Slovakian Embassy, representative from the EU:

“Fair, inconclusive and with that credible elections are an important step in overcoming the political crisis. Perseverance and good will should be implemented with the Przino Agreement, including urgent reforms which are a condition for returning the country back on its path to Brussels”

MEPs Richard Howitt, Eduard Kukan and Ivo Vajgl:

“Credible elections, strengthening the rule of law and implementation of the reform priorities”.

Early Elections will be held on December 11, Interim Government will be chosen on Friday

Skopje, 1 September, 2016 - 7:08 (META) 
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Agreement after today’s Leaders’ Meeting, signed by the leader’s of the four largest political parties

The leaders of the four largest political parties, signatories to the Pržino Agreement tonight finally agreed that on December 11, early parliamentary elections will be held. The four leaders are satisfied that all the conditions were met for fair and democratic elections. Also satisfied with the agreement were the two representatives from the international community, the US Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess Baily and the representative from the European Union, Lukas Holub.

Nikola Gruevski, Zoran Zaev, Ali Ahmeti and Menduh Thaci all signed the joint statement which declares the date of the elections, as well as the agreement for the chief editor of the public broadcasting service MTV, the fifth member of the ad hoc body for monitoring the media during the elections campaign period and the methodology of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services.

Under this agreement, the government who will organize the elections will be chosen on September 2 which is Friday this week, and on the same day the new chief editor for the news desk at MTV, Santa Argirova will be required to start work, and it was also decided that the fifth member of the ad hob body for monitoring the election campaign period will be a journalist, Ljuljzim Haziri.

In the joint statement, the leaders of the parties also stated that they are “committed to a democratic and fair election campaign, free of violence and intimidation, and they condemn the use of bad language or any other action that may result in violence or intimidation”.

Dates & Deadlines: Visualization of the Agreement on 20th of July

Skopje, 21 July, 2016 - 16:34 (META) 

Yesterday the political parties, signatories to the Pržino Agreement reached consensus for the opened issues. The agreement has several key dates and deadlines that need to be implemented before the leaders of the parties meet on August 31 to confirm the date for the elections and the transitional government. This will be confirmed by a signature.

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Political parties still considering new proposals

Skopje, 17 July, 2016 - 16:41 (META) 

Political parties signatory to the Pržino Agreement are expected to reach a final agreement in negotiations on forming a transitional government and preparations for early parliamentary elections this week.

The SDSM said that their position remains the same and that still do not know if there will be a meeting between the parties and the international community tomorrow.

“The SDSM position remains the same, unchanged. We expect at some point tomorrow that we’ll have more information from our international partners that the negotiations will continue tomorrow. I hope that an agreement will be reached after the other participants have had time to think this process through, especially the VMRO-DPMNE”, said Ljupco Nikolovski, an executive board member of the SDSM when answering questions from the media at a press conference.

Nikolovski added that inter-party consultations are still ongoing and would not comment exactly where and why talks stopped last week.

MOI announces advertisement for the recruitment of 600 new police officers

Skopje, 14 July, 2016 - 21:15 (META) 

The Ministry of Interior has published an ad for the recruitment of 600 new police officers, journalists at “Meta” have learned. It will be published and advertised in tomorrow’s “Offical Gazette” and tomorrow’s editions of the daily newspapers.

From what can be understood from the advertisement so far, they are looking to enroll another 600 police officers for work at the Ministry of Interior.

A large number of the candidates, around 100 of them, who will pass training and will be accepted, according to the advert they will be deployed into organizational units based in Skopje, then 165 will be sent to Regional Centres, 50 police officers will be employed by the Sector for Internal Affairs in Ohrid and Strumica, while the others will be mobilized in almost all the police stations in Skopje.

Also in the advert, it clearly states the conditions for enrollment in the competition, like the methodology, the selection of candidates is not far behind.

In the selection, the chosen candidates for police duties will sign an agreement to one-year’s basic training, and during enrollment “10% more candidates will apply to be police officers than there are available places, which is published in the advertisement”.

The announcement comes at a time while the country is in the middle of tough negotiations between the signatories of the Pržino Agreement, and is at a dead-end regarding an agreement and the issue of the Minister of Interior’s power and authority.

Earlier, Parliament, using the amendments they have made to the Law on Policing and the Law on Internal Affairs, they made the decision to cut-off the powers of the Minister of Interior and strengthen the position of the Director of the Bureau of Public Safety.

And last year in July, the MOI announced another enrollment for police officers.

In May this year, Interior Minister Mitko Chavkov, straight after regaining his official title, signed the contracts for the employment of 400 police officers.

According to data from “Bloomberg” which was published in 2008, Macedonia then had 9.905 police officers.
In 2014, the former deputy minister for public relations at the MOI, Ivo Koteski stated that they had 8.500 police officers, and according to the budget for salaries, the MOI (including the administration personnel), there are 10.925 men and women employed there.

No agreement – Talks continue tomorrow

Skopje, 12 July, 2016 - 21:02 (META) 

Today’s negotiations over the cleansing of the electoral roll and reforms to the media between the working groups of the political parties and Ambassadors Aivo Orav and Jess Baily came to an end without an agreement.

US Ambassador, Jess Baily, said he was not disappointed because sometimes to reach an agreement, time is needed.

“We had a five-hour constructive debate and we accomplished a lot. I can not state that an agreement was reached, but what I can say is that talks will continue. I am not disappointed that an agreement was not reached today, because sometimes time is needed”, said Baily.

Representatives from the political parties today gave statements and their views on the negotiations so far. Talks continue tomorrow

Haindl in Skopje on Wednsday, Nuland’s visit still not confirmed

Skopje, 30 June, 2016 - 16:58 (META) 

The special German envoy who has been sent to Macedonia especially to help resolve the political crisis, the German Ambassador to Austria, Johannes Haindl will be visiting Skopje on Wednesday, confirmed the German Embassy in Skopje for “Meta”.

For now, details on Haindl’s visit are being kept quiet. The media has speculated that the Assistant Secretary of State from the US State Department, Victoria Nuland will also be visiting Macedonia, however, the precise date of her visit is still unknown. There are two times she could come, the 6th of July which coincides with Haindl’s visit or the 10th of July, which would be after the NATO summit in Warsaw.

It is not known whether Haindl will try together with Nuland to unblock the political crisis, or whether Haindl will only pave the way for US diplomat Victoria Nuland.

The EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn in Brussels yesterday repeated to the leader of the VMRO-DPMNE Nikola Gruevski, that Macedonia’s political leaders have already lost too much time and that it is more than urgent to return to the negotiating table and implement the Pržino Agreement.

“We need to create conditions for credible elections, to develop the rule of law, all parties must support the work of the Special Public Prosecutor, and to implement priority reforms,” said EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic for “Meta” after the meeting between Commissioner Hahn and Nikola Gruevski.