VMRO-DPMNE: While SDSM were not working, we were implementing laws in the interest of our citizens

Skopje, 5 September, 2015 - 14:11 (META) 

“While Ms. Dimova and her colleagues from SDSM were absent from work, MP’s from VMRO-DPMNE had more than 20,000 direct meetings with citizens,” responds VMRO-DPMNE to Ms. Dimova’s statement she gave at a press conference.

“Parliament were functioning to its constitutional capacity and without SDSM and will continue to operate with the same capacity even though SDSM have decided to return. The only difference is that now, at least we hope MPs from SDSM will begin to actually earn their salaries. In the past 15 months we have brought many legal decisions that were in the direct interest of the citizens”, said VMRO-DPMNE.

The ruling party stated that Parliament had organized dozens of public hearings. The last one, which was organized last week, more than 40 non-governmental organizations and civil associations were present.

“Obviously for Lidija Dimova NGOs are only those dozen ‘Soros’ installs, who earn a million a year to keep the SDSM party agenda. After all, Ms Dimova herself was part of these installations and charged large fees, and then overnight she wants to recruit them into different organs of her party “, the statement said.

Sixty civil society organizations submitted a written reaction to the international community

Skopje, 9 June, 2015 - 14:16 (META) 

On the occasion of tomorrow’s talks in Brussels and the latest statement by Commissioner Johannes Hahn, 61 civic organizations submitted a written reaction to the international community, in which they remind of the red lines which cannot be crossed during the negotiations.

– The letter include the latest statement of Commissioner Johannes Hahn, which we consider unprincipled and vane given that he give qualification for the last parliamentary elections in 2014 were held in a democratic atmosphere. We want to remind that the reports of OSCE and ODIHR noted a series of remarks on the electoral process, starting with the selective approach of the media, persecution of opponents and non-division between the state and the party. In the letter, we remind that our attitude is Gruevski to resign and not be part of the transitional government, and before the start of the operation of that government, some structural reforms should be carried out, i.e. independent public prosecutor to be appointed, MRT to be freed from the grip of the Government and voter list to be purged – says Uranija Pirovska, president of the Helsinki Committee.

The letter says that the EU has a special responsibility in the implementation of European values, such as democracy, rule of law and protection of human rights and that the EU and the United States have the responsibility for peace and stability in Macedonia.

– Yesterday, 10 civil society organizations faced their truth and received evidence that they were tapped and that the government knew their every step. Government that eavesdrop on its citizens and civil sector, which is opinionated, and which calls its citizens “Indians” and “little men” has to go – says Marjan Zabrchanec from platform for civil politics “Ajde.”

From tomorrow’s talks, civil society organizations expect to ensure a process that will provide stability and democracy in Macedonia, not a process that will help to develop someone’s political career.

Within the 53 session, the Assembly today passed amendments to the Law on Pension and Disability Insurance that allows seniority to be redeemed.

Deralla: I feel violated

Skopje, 8 June, 2015 - 16:45 (META) 

None of the tapped activists who today got folders with wiretapped conversations by the leader of the opposition was surprised that their phone numbers are found on wiretapping list. They say that feeling when you know that someone else has a part of your private life is extremely uncomfortable and announced criminal charges of those who tapped them.

Bojan Marichik – Macedonian Center for European Training:

This is extremely uncomfortable feeling. I must admit I’m not surprised at all. I still haven’t heard the conversations and I do not know whether they are authentic. Tapping civil society organizations only shows the dictatorial treatment of the government towards civil society organizations. The general idea is to instigate legal proceedings which would even end up to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg along with the other NGOs.

Xhabir Deralla – “Civil”:

For many years I knew that I was bugged, to say frankly, I feel angry and disappointed, I feel violated. But when such a Government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track. And I want to thank them for listening. All the time while we thought they didn’t care about our advice and our work, they listened and recorded us. In coordination with my colleagues, we will use all legal measures.

Violeta Gligoroska – Foundation Open Society Institute “Macedonia”:

The conversations I was given, as I managed to see so far, are authentic. All of them. They are recorded conversations with journalists who applied for some research projects. I have conversations with Jadranka Kostovska, Mladen Chadikovski, Biljana Sekulovska and others.

Bardhyl Jashari – Foundation for Internet and Society “Metamorphosis”:

I’m not surprised, but the feeling is similar to when you lose something valuable, but you don’t give up, you are still looking and hope to find it, until the moment you find out that it is irretrievably lost… Well, such is the feeling when you will receive confirmation that your privacy is lost.

Debate in the camp in front of the Government: What kind of Macedonia we want after exiting the political crisis?

Skopje, 25 May, 2015 - 11:40 (META) 

In the “Camp of Liberty” in front of the Government, debate: “What kind of Macedonia we want after exiting the political crisis? Visions, positions and policies” will be held today at 6 pm. The topic will be discussed by representatives of civil organizations and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev.

Speakers from civil society will be Natalija Popovska of Transparency Macedonia, Muhamed Zeqiri – journalist, Dona Kosturanova of the National Youth Council of Macedonia, Irena Stefoska – Vox Academica, Nikola Pisarev of the Contemporary Arts Center, Uranija Pirovska of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Slavcho Dimitrov of the Coalition “Sexual and Health Rights of marginalized communities” and Vladimir Lazarevik of “Healthgrouper.”

Moderator of the debate will be Marjan Zabrchanec of the Civil Policy Platform “Ajde.”