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What is Vajgl denying: Whether Gruevski said “prison”, or that it was his faux pas?


Brussels, 27 March, 2017 - 13:08 (META) 

The rapporteur for the Republic of Macedonia in European Parliament, Ivo Vajgl in his statement for the state news agency “MIA” denied that he had said something in the media about the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, or he had conveyed something that Gruevski had told him during his last visit to Skopje.

Still, the renunciation doesn’t mention the word “prison” i.e. neither he nor Vajgl or VMRO-DPMNE in its press reaction do not renounce and don’t deny that this word was mentioned which imposes the question: Who mentioned the word prison, and who mustn’t have said it? What did Vajgl renounce and deny? That he mentioned prison or that Gruevski had said those words by himself? Maybe Gruevski had mentioned the word but Vajgl had accidentally said it?

“As a person I never personify responsibility and I don’t meddle in Macedonian politics by calling out certain names and people. I don’t know how to reduce the guilt to one name only. I was talking about what I had previously said for “Nova TV” i.e. Macedonia must live its catharsis of its own politics and the path to get there is what the Special Prosecutor’s Office does. If the judiciary determines that a certain individual is responsible, anyone, then in a law abiding country he will have to deal with the consequences”, said Vajgl.

When asked whether he personally either in a statement or in an interview has mentioned the former Prime Minister Gruevski or something that he was allegedly said to him in private, the Slovenian MEP renounces that he has spoken ever about something like that.

The media conveyed a statement by MEP Ivo Vajgl for the Turkish news agency “Anatolia” where the MP said that Gruevski had told him that he will insist on going all the way because he doesn’t want to go to prison.

“The most characteristic is, still, the statement that was given by Nikola Gruevski, the president of VMRO-DPMNE, that he will insist to insists he will go all the way because he doesn’t want to go to prison. If that is the motive for all of this then that means there won’t be any compromises with him in the long run”, quoted Al Jazeera from Vajgl’s statement for “Anatolia.


Vajgl denies that he conveyed something that Gruevski had told him


Brussels, 25 March, 2017 - 17:01 (META) 

The rapporteur for the Republic of Macedonia in European Parliament, Ivo Vajgl, today, in his statement for the state news agency “MIA” denied that he had said something in the media about the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, or he had conveyed something that Gruevski told him during his last visit to Skopje.

“As a person I never personified responsibility and I don’t meddle in Macedonian politics by calling out certain names and people. I don’t know how to reduce the guilt to one name only. I was talking about what I had previously said for “Nova TV” i.e. Macedonia must live its catharsis of its own politics and the path to get there is the what Special Prosecutor’s Office does. If the judiciary determines that a certain individual is responsible, anyone, then in a law abiding country he will have to deal with the consequences”, said Vajgl.

When asked whether he had ever personally mentioned former Prime Minister Gruevski in a statement or an interview and whether he had passed on something that the president of VMRO-DPMNE had told him personally, the Slovenian MEP denied that he had ever said such a thing.

Yesterday, the media released a statement by MEP Ivo Vajgl he had said for the Turkish news agency “Anatolia” where the MEP said that Gruevski has said that he would go all the way because he doesn’t want to go to prison.

“The most characteristic was the statement by Nikola Gruevski, the president of VMRO-DPMNE, he insists he will go all the way because he doesn’t want to go to prison. If that is the motive for all of this, that means there won’t be any compromises with him in the long run”, quoted Al Jazeera from Vajgl’s statement for “Anatolia.


VMRO-DPMNE: Vajgl to renounce or to apologize for political manipulations


Skopje, 25 March, 2017 - 14:54 (META) 

MEP Ivo Vajgl either didn’t understand something or he is intentionally siding with the pardoned criminal Zoran Zaev and his scriptwriters for issuing lies and made up stories, if he has ever given a statement like the one that was published, said VMRO-DPMNE’s reaction to Vajgl’s statement that the party leader, Nikola Gruevski will go all the way, because he doesn’t want to end up in prison.

“We deny that president Nikola Gruevski has given a statement that Ivo Vajgl is retelling on the media. With such malicious disinformation, if these were truly said by Vajgl, by serving other people’s interests is like putting gasoline into the fire of the current political crisis, instead of condemning the Tirana platform publicly and the interference of neighborhood states in Republic of Macedonia’s internal affairs,” said the party’s announcement.

VMRO-DPMNE adds that the main accent in the talks with Vajgl and the other representatives was given to the necessity of new early parliamentary elections as a best way out of the current crisis.

“We expect MEP Vajgl either to renounce the lies and to renounce it as a statement or to apologize for political manipulations with which he is misdirecting the general public in order to achieve someone’s agendas”, said VMRO DPMNE.


SDSM: Vajlg’s statement is confirmation that Gruevski is deepening the crisis out of personal interest


Skopje, 25 March, 2017 - 14:11 (META) 

The domestic and international community expect a statesman behavior on part of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia and by the institution President of the state, that will have to allow a new government to be formed, said SDSM.

“The Macedonian general public has heard from an MP of the European Parliament, and who was here in Macedonia along with the EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, that Nikola Gruevski was determined to go “all the way” because he didn’t “want to go to jail.” This is confirmation from Gruevski himself, everything we have been warning about, that he is deepening the crisis only out of personal interests. It is inadmissible that the citizens and the Republic of Macedonia to be hostages of Gruevski’s fears,” said SDSM.

SDSM also adds that through the country’s institutions a new president of Parliament will be elected and he will notify President Ivanov that he is obliged to assign the mandate for forming the government to the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev.


Vajgl: If the crisis continues, there may be sanctions for political parties and individuals


Brussels, 24 March, 2017 - 11:18 (META) 

The demonstrations organized in Macedonia are a not so welcoming weapon in the hands of democracy, said MEP Ivo Vajgl in an interview with “Nova TV” after his visit to Skopje.

“The focus of this polemic response to the situation is increasingly moving towards an inter-ethnic conflict”, said Vajgl.

Regarding President Gjorge Ivanov’s decision not to meet with Commissioner Johannes Hahn and the other three MEPs Eduard Kukan and Knut Fleckenstein, because he returned late to Macedonia, Vajgl says they were in Macedonia long enough, and if Ivanov really wanted to meet with them, he would have.

“He obviously did not want to meet us. I read his message, that he had said everything he needs to say, so now let the people talk. That message can not be understood, except as a call to the people to come out onto the streets and I think it is a very irresponsible call”, said Vajgl.

When asked why he and his colleagues would not meet with representatives from the initiative “For a United Macedonia” and journalists from “Nova Television”, Vajgl said that he is always ready to talk and that he did have an ad hoc meeting with them, but they were not ready for talks.

Vajgl said that the situation needs to be calm before they can sit down and hold talks.

If the crisis is not resolved, Vajgl said they will have to initiate a debate in European Parliament to determine what the position is on Macedonia and the country’s politics and Macedonian nationals.

“There will be no vote on the report. This could be interpreted as a warning or some kind of sanction. Obviously the EU has other instruments, starting from the financial kind. If the crisis continues, and if it leads to serious repercussions, from instability in the region and in Macedonia, we will have to discuss other steps”, said Vajgl.


Kasami: Hahn gave his support for forming a new government


Skopje, 21 March, 2017 - 16:59 (META) 

The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn and the three EU MPs, Ivo Vajgl, Eduard Kukan and Knut Fleckenstein give their support for solving the crisis. They said that the country should look turn towards the future rather than towards personal interests, said Besa movement’s leader, Bilal Kasami, after his meeting with the four representatives.

-Today we had another visit by the EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn which is necessary for the situation that Macedonia is currently in. The members of the delegation give their support to find a solution for the crisis. This direction was accepted by Besa which doesn’t follow personal interests because there are still forces in Macedonia that want to push us into an inter-ethnic crisis, which is very bad for the country – said Kasami.

He stressed that Hahn gave his support for forming a government for which there are 67 MPs and also said that there is no “Tirana Platform” but a declaration.


Hahn and the trio from Brussels arrive today and still no confirmation on the meeting with Ivanov


Brussels, 21 March, 2017 - 12:18 (META) 

The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, together with MEPs Ivo Vajgl, Eduard Kukan and Knut Fleckenstein will arrive for a few hour visit in Macedonia, in a bid to help find a solution to the political crisis in the country.

Yesterday, EC spokesperson, Maja Kocijančić, announced that Hahn and the three MEPs will be meeting with political representatives. So far, neither the European Commission nor the President’s cabinet have confirmed a meeting with the four from Brussels and President Gjorge Ivanov.

Kocijančić said that during the visit, they will repeat the EU’s position, that the outcome of the elections should be respected, and to allow the continuation of democratic processes by swiftly forming a pro reform government who will go on to implement

On Friday, Commissioner Hahn in an interview with “Deutsche Welle”, said that Macedonian politicians must adhere to the Przino Agreement but warned that “even after the elections and the formation of a new government, all the problems will not resolved.” Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who appeared as an intermediary between Albanian political parties while drafting the platform, Hahn found it to be counterproductive.


Hahn and three MEPs will be visiting Macedonia on Tuesday, confirmed Kocijančič


Brussels, 17 March, 2017 - 14:13 (META) 

The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, together with the three MEPs Eduard Kukan, Ivo Vajgl and Knut Fleckenstein will be visiting Skopje on Tuesday, confirmed today the spokesperson for the European Commission, Maja Kocijančič.

“As you can see on the agenda, I can confirm that Commissioner Hahn is travelling to Skopje on Tuesday, which is March the 21st, together with three MEPs that you know very well, Fleckenstein, Kukan and Vajgl. They will together meet with representatives of all parliamentary parties as well as President Ivanov. They will repeat the strong message from the EU to respect the outcome of the elections and to allow the democratic process to proceed and to rapidly form a government that will continue to implement the Przino Agreement”, said Kocijančič.

She reminded that yesterday, at the Western Balkans Six Leader Summit in Sarajevo, Commissioner Hahn outlined the importance of regional cooperation and warned about the risk of fueling the tensions, including inter ethnic by statements or actions which could undermine good neighbourly relations.

When asked whether it would be necessary to prepare a “Przino 3” Agreement Kocijančič noted that the Commission’s position is that the Przino Agreement should be fully implemented.

“We believe that among the things that need to happen is that the Przino Agreement, as you know it, should be implemented”, said Kocijančič.


Kukan, Fleckenstein, and Vajgl will recommend а postponement of the voting for 2016 Country report


Brussels, 3 March, 2017 - 7:58 (META) 

“We call on the President and all the political parties to respect the democratic decision of the citizens of the country and accept any agreed parliamentary majority without further delay, said the joint statement issued by three Euro MPs, Eduard Kukan, Knut Fleckenstein and Ivo Vajgl regarding the current political occurrences in Macedonia.

– As we have repeatedly stated jointly with Commissioner Hahn we expect any new government to be based upon an inclusive, reformist consensus and inter-ethnic cooperation. We appeal to the responsibility of the President and all the political parties to refrain from any inflammatory statements or actions. It is essential that the outcome of the elections and the will of the people is respected by allowing the democratic process to run its course as would be expected in a democratic society – said the statement issued by the three MPs which were mediators in the reaching out of the Przino Agreement.

In the statement, Kukan, Fleckenstein, and Vajgl stress that the recent happenings can have a profound impact on the country’s European perspective.

– As things stand, we are obliged to recommend to the European Parliament a postponement of the planned plenary vote on the 2016 Country Report – said the three European MPs.


Brussels urges politicians to find common ground to a form stable, solid and accountable government


Brussels, 25 January, 2017 - 17:55 (META) 

The three MEPs and rapporteurs for Macedonia, Eduard Kukan, Knut Fleckenstein and Ivo Vajgl, together with EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, issued a joint statement, and stated that they recognize the parliamentary elections on December 11, 2016, as an important step in overcoming the political crisis in Macedonia.

“This process needs to continue in order to get the country back on the EU integration path. There is no time to lose!” Reads the joint statement.

Diplomats in Brussels appealed to political leaders to find, with full respect of all legal deadlines, common ground for forming a stable, solid and accountable government. “Such a coalition should rally around a strong, inclusive, reformist consensus and inter-ethnic cooperation. All of this is vital to put the country back onto the path of European integration, which all parties have committed to and which the citizens want and deserve”, says the statement.

It states that it is a long-term process, which requires all political parties, who share the strategic objective, work together to make the necessary changes possible.

“We appeal to all politicians to continue working hard and fast on the implementation of the Pržino Agreement and the Urgent Reform Priorities and to support the Special Prosecutor’s Office, which must have the time and resources to do its job in an independent, non-politicised way”, concluded the statement.