SDSM submits initiative to reduce travel expenses for MPs

Skopje, 12 January, 2018 - 15:24 (META) 

The SDSM parliamentary group has submitted an initiative to reduce travel expenses for MPs, informed coordinator Tomislav Tuntev at today’s briefing with journalists.

The initiative proposes travel costs of 30% of the price of a litre of gasoline to be reduced to 15%. To this end, it is necessary to change the law on salaries of appointed officials and law for MPs.

“The solution we are proposing is to end manipulation and speculation in the public. Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi received the proposal as early as December 1st, 2017, but no parliamentary group has spoken publicly so far”, said Tuntev.

He pointed out that for this initiative they expect support from all MPs, including the opposition.

Collecting funds under this draft law would be done only with a fiscal account which will be paid from the MP’s personal card, in order to eliminate, as Tuntev explained, any doubts that the MP could take fiscal accounts from other people.

Diplomatic club Skopje proposes the airport to be renamed as “Kiro Gligorov”

Skopje, 10 November, 2017 - 11:45 (META) 

The diplomatic club Skopje is supporting the initiative where the Skopje airport to be renamed as the former Macedonian president’s name i.e. Kiro Gligorov.

The Diplomatic club state that by renaming the airport’s name after president Gligorov will materialize the great role he has played in the process of creating Macedonia as a modern state.”

“We stress that the Skopje airport was the base point from where president Gligorov’s numerous missions have started and ended, his missions devoted to peace and friendship, and the international recognition of the Macedonian state. In his presence here were introduced for the first time practices of protocol manifestations such as hoisting of the national flag, playing the national anthem, the lining up of the honor guard – all of the gestures with which Macedonia introduced itself as an independent and sovereign state. This is the airport from where the first planes carrying Macedonian state symbols flew” states the press release of the Diplomatic Club’s Executive Board.

VMRO-DPMNE is demanding an amnesty for the perpetrators on the 27th of April

Skopje, 18 October, 2017 - 16:38 (META) 

The opposition party, VMRO-DPMNE is demanding “an urgent and without delay” absolution and amnesty for all persons that have “caused certain legal violations in the incidents at the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia on the 27th of April.”

According to VMRO-DPMNE, this act will contribute to the conciliation in Macedonia and the easing of political tensions.

This conclusion, as informs the political party, was decided at the last session of VMRO-DPMNE’s Executive Committee during which it was concluded that “in the last five months, it is obvious that the government’s policy for massive dismissal of criminals from prisons and detention centers according to various manufactured legal basis, where a common denominator is the government’s political intervention.”

This political party also announces that because of this, VMRO-DPMNE’s MP group will submit an amendment to the Law for Amnesty or it will propose a special law for stopping the procedure and for freeing the persons who participated in the events on the 27th of April.

On Wednesday the Constitutional Court will decide whether to allow UBK to wiretap through telecom operators

Skok, 25 September, 2017 - 16:52 (META) 

The Constitutional Court will hold their first session after the summer holidays, on Wednesday, where according to the judges, should make the final decision on Article 175 of the Law on Electronic Communications, that is, whether the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence is allowed to wiretap through telecommunication operators.

The initiative to abolish Article 175 of the law was accepted by the Constitutional Court at a session held on June 21st of this year. It caused a long and heated debate, in which all nine members of the Constitutional Court state their views.

The majority of judges at the session expressed doubt that as the Law was regulated, through articles 168 and the questionable 175, UBK and the Ministry of Interior were allowed arbitrary and uncontrolled interception of communications through telecommunication operators.

if there is a vote on Wednesday, the Constitutional Court will make the final decision in a shortened composition because Judge Ismail Darlisha’s mandate expired on July 31st after nine-years, and his successor has not yet been appointed to Parliament. On October 7st, the mandate of judges Gaber-Damjanovska and Gzime Starova expire.

The abolition or amendment of Article 175 is one of the recommendations from the report by the German expert Reinhard Priebe in 2015, but also in the new recently announced.

Todor Petrov with an initiative at the Constitutional Court for disputing Xhaferi’s election

Skopje, 10 May, 2017 - 21:35 (META) 

The president of the World Macedonian Congress, Todor Petrov, has filed an initiative to the constitutional Court for evaluating the legality of the election of Talat Xhaferi for a president of the Parliament.

He is asking the court to annul the decision of electing Xhaferi for a president of the Parliament that was published in the “Official Gazette.”

For TV Telma, Petrov has said that he expects the court to accept his initiative.

The chief of DUI party leader’s cabinet, Artan Grubi, regarding this initiative has said that “the will of the majority of citizens of Macedonia cannot be disputed as well as the will of the majority of MPs in the Parliament.”

“VMRO-DPMNE should accept the new reality and behave as a constructive opposition. It should allow the institutions in the country to be formed and to work in accordance with the will of the majority of citizens, to start the era of reforms and the returning of the state on its Euro-Atlantic way” said Grubi at the Basic Public Prosecution where he was summoned to give a statement regarding the attacks at the Parliament on the 27th of April.

The Constitutional Court has temporarily stopped the government’s decision for a baroque facade on GTC

Skopje, 5 April, 2017 - 18:00 (META) 

At today’s session, the Constitutional Court with a majority of votes decided to start a procedure for determining the constitutionality and the legality of Article 50 of the Law on Urban Planning and Construction especially Paragraph 2 of this article and the term “of special interest.”

“A building of special interest for which an urbanistic-planning documentation determined with paragraph 1 of this article is determined by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia” is stated in article 50, paragraph 2 of the Law on Urban Planning and Construction.

By accepting the initiative, the Constitutional Court has temporarily stopped the government’s decision on decorating the City Trade Center (GTC), Macedonian Opera and Ballet (MOB) and the National University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” with baroque facades.

Constitutional judges postpone discussion on wiretapping through telecom operators

Skopje, 29 March, 2017 - 11:18 (META) 

Today, Constitutional judges postponed the initiative for assessing the constitutionality and legality of the controversial Article 175 of the Law on Electronic Communications for another session.

The reason for this decision, is the extensive material submitted for the initiative, stated judges at today’s session.
Otherwise, Article 175 which was adopted to the Law on Electronic Communications in 2014, instructs telecom operators in the country to “provide all necessary technical conditions to allow communications in their networks to be monitored”.

The initiative to review the constitutionality and legality of this article was filed in 2015, the same year SDSM began releasing conversations which were illegally monitored, otherwise known as “Bombs”.

From the announcement of the Constitutional Court, one can see that the initiative challenges the whole of Article 175, namely all 10 parts of it.

SDSM has submitted their initiative and calls on Veljanoski to assemble Parliament immediately

Skopje, 17 March, 2017 - 11:38 (META) 

The Secretary General of SDSM and MP Oliver Spasovski today submitted to Parliament an initiative to extend the constitutive session, signed by 67 MPs.

“With this initiative, there will no dilemma about securing a parliamentary majority. The initiative was signed by 67 MPs and we expect Trajko Veljanoski to immediately schedule an extention of the constitutive session of Parliament, so it can may again work in the interest of the citizens”, said Spasovski.

He said the first step will be the election of the President of Parliament and then SDSM expects President Gjorge Ivanov to give the mandate to their leader, Zoran Zaev to form a government.

Spasovski said he expected a coordianted session to be assembled with all political parties to consider the options for a candidate for the position of Speaker of Parliament.

When asked what would happen if Veljanoski does not convene the session, he said that everyone should be up to the task, to be responsible and not to hold the institutions hostage.

“A constitutive session is just the beginning and there is no deadline for its extention. It can be immediately assmebled and we expect Trajko Veljanoski to do so immediately”, said Spasovski.

He added that SDSM has not yet chosen a coordinator of its parliamentary group.

SDSM will start an initiative to assemble Parliament

Skopje, 17 March, 2017 - 10:31 (META) 

The Social Democratic Union of Macedonia at 10.30 this morning will submit at the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia an initiative for extending the constitutive session at the Parliament, during which, a new president of the Parliament will be elected, announced SDSM.

Immediately after submitting the initiative, at the Parliament’s press center, a statement for the press will be given by SDSM’s secretary and MP Oliver Spasovski.

Yesterday, DUI announced that party leader, Ali Ahmeti, during yesterday’s meeting, informed the Ambassador of Slovenia to the country, Milan Jazbec, about the initiative for a parliamentary coordination for the election of a president of Parliament.

“DUI held talks with the main parliamentary parties for initiating a parliamentary coordination in order to continue and end the constitutive session at Parliament. The newly elected president of Parliament after the ending of that session will have to inform the president of the state about the new parliamentary majority and to ask a mandate be given for forming the government”, said Ahmeti at the meeting with Jazbec.

SOS: An unregistered NGO, GONGO or PONGO?

“Stop Operation Soros” (SOS), was introduced to the public on January the 17th, whose only declared members so far, are historian Nikola Srbov, who often appears in the media as a “political analyst” and journalists Cvetin Chilimanov and Nenad Mirchevski, who received various descriptions by the media. For example, a national television station, classified the three as an “Initiative Committee for establishing a Civil Association, “Stop Operation Soros”. In some media reports they were presented as a “Civil Movement” and sometimes as an “Initiative Committee for establishing a Civil Movement”, and they were even described a “non-governmental organization”.

According to a legal expert “Meta” consulted with, in principle all forms of movements, as in this case, need to be registered. An interesting example of this, is the Besa Movement, which began as a movement and then registered as a political party, but the statute still stands as the name “Besa Movement” and was registered in accordance with the Law on Political Parties. The expert we contacted indicated that any form of movement for achieving political ends, in principle, no matter under what name, needs to registered, whether it be as an association or organization. This can all be found in the regulations determined by the Law on Associations and Foundations.


“Meta” requested information from the Central Registry to see if such an entity is registered under the name “Stop Operation Soros.” The answer we received was on February the 8th, around 14:30 pm which said “there are no records for the entity under the title of a ‘Citizens Association’ named “Stop Operation Soros”.

“Regarding your request, based on the records in the Trade Registry and the Registry of other legal entities submitted through the single window system in the Central Register of RM and transferred to the Trade Registry and the Registry of other legal entities, at the time of the preparation of this information in the electronic database, there are no records for a ‘Civil Association’ or ‘Civil Movement’ called STOP OPERATION SOROS”, reads the information we received.

The Facebook page for “Stop Operation Soros” describe themselves as a “Non-Governmental Organization”, or NGO. On the website “STOP OP SOROS”, which is a Macedonian domain, it says that they’re a “movement” or “global initiative”.

Associations and organizations close to the government in the world are known as GONGO (Government organized NGO / NGO organized by the government) or PONGO (Party organized NGO / NGO organized political party). They are sponsored by government or a political party to fight for their political interests, while at the same time, embodying the image of a common NGO, to present themselves as part of civil society and the territory of the country, but also on an international level.

The terms GONGO and PONGO were first used back in 1989 when it was discovered the unique position NGOs found themselves in. They could abuse their position for narrow political goals to meet the interests of small, but powerful special interests.

Therefore, GONGO / PONGO, are established to achieve internal politics or foreign policy objectives, and sometimes this is done so they are able to extract international aid, real humanitarian causes or corruption or other criminal purposes, during which GONGO / PONGO are a mask to hide the activities related to the underworld.

As for the financing of SOS, historian Srbov told “Pogled” that they’re are funded “by activists, and they are joining us everyday in large numbers”, and that they are “led by an idea, and not by financial motives.”

One of the three founders, Cvetin Chilimanov, is a journalist, and Vice President of the Macedonian Association of Journalists (MAN). He is also the editor of the English service of the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA), which is a joint stock company owned by the state, meaning it gets paid by the state budget. According to financial reports for 2015, submitted on July the 14th, 2016, to the Macedonian Stock Exchange, the total revenue for that year for the agency was 49.61 million denars. From the state budget or from the government, who owns MIA, 40 million denars were transferred that year to the agency, and the remaining 9.61 million denars were distributed for the other needs of the agency.

Mr Chilimanov was previously employed by the Cabinet of the President of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, and then he was employed by MIA, where he was sent to Washington as a correspondent.

The other part of the “movement”, Nenad Mirchevski and Nikola Srbov, are connected to the magazine and website “Republika”, which until last year, it was unknown who the owner was exactly, as the issuer company “Iresine Limited” was registered in Belize, a well known tax haven, until July last year, when its owner became the then director, Done Donevski. Mirchevski, for many years has worked as a journalist and editor at “Republika” and Srbov is a columnist.