The referendum will cost 3.5 million euros

Skopje, 31 July, 2018 - 11:26 (META) 

The decision adopted in Parliament on Wednesday adopted for the redistribution of funds between budget users, which provides 3.5 million for the implementation of the name referendum is to be held on September 30.

The Ministry of Finance says that the redistribution reduces smaller sums from larger budget users and allocates 210.4 million denars for the implementation of the referendum.

According to the decision, the largest reallocation of funds will be in the Ministry of Finance, where through various transfers will be allocated 60.000.000 denars.

Tanturovski: I will not resign because I do not feel responsible

Skopje, 2 March, 2018 - 15:19 (META) 

I do not feel responsible, I was not named as responsible in the report and for that reason I do not intend to resign, said the Chairman of the State Commission for Preventing Corruption, (SCPC) Igor Tanturovski for “A1on” after the scandal of the Commission’s spending came to light.

“The report was conducted for internal use, but the purpose of its publication to the public was to discredit the Commission and its members only. What was published was paraphrased and is far from the truth. The purpose of the report was to provide recommendations on how to deal with certain inconsistencies”, said Tanturovski.

He argues that the recent events were political pressure on him and is the work of the Commission. He guarantees that there is no corruption in the Anti-Corruption Commission. Tanturovski said the report can not be officially shared with the public.

The Public Revenue Office’s (UJP) report on the work of the Commission, which was published in the media, showed that some of the members used unreliable travel orders for which they were paid in travel expenses.

AJM: The government should urgently settle MRT’s debt so we are not cut off from the EBU

Skopje, 31 October, 2017 - 20:47 (META) 

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) called on the Government to urgently, as soon as possible, provide money to settle the debt of the Macedonian “Radio-Television” (MRT) has towards the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is approximately half a million euros.

Yesterday, at the session of the MRT Program Council, they came to the conclusion to ask the Government to settle MRT’s debt to the European Broadcasting Union.

This way, say the AJM, the danger of MRT being cut off from the European broadcasting family will be gone, which would be a huge step back in the European integration process, which additionally damages the image of the country.

“Not settleling the debt would mean that MRT will not be able to broadcast programs from any member of the EBU, no sports, matches, films, foreign shows, cartoons, or documentaries. Currently, according to information from EBU headquarters, MRT does not have access to the content that is broadcast through their services”, reads the statement by the AJM.

According to the AJM, the EBU’s reaction is a consequence of the long-term lacking of sufficient work of the public service, for which the responsible authorities should be held accountable.

“The exclusion of MRT from the EBU is the result of a non-functional model for financing the public service and bad management”, said the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

The text was prepared within the framework of the project “Media Reform Observatory”, implemented by the “Foundation for Internet and Society – Metamorphosis”, “Agora” – Centre for Promoting Civil Values and the Platform for Investigative Journalism and Analysis (PINA), with financial support from the “Foundation Open Society – Macedonia.” The content of the text is the sole responsibility of the authors and in no way does it reflect the views of the “Open Society Foundation – Macedonia”.foom-logo-disklejmer

Zaev: MRT shall be an independent media, with an independent manager and independent editors

tTtovo, 6 October, 2017 - 14:39 (META) 

The assets that will be used from the state budget and diverted to the Macedonian Radio Television (MRTV) will be used for providing an independence of the national service, said the SDSM’s party leader and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev during yesterday’s political rally in Tetovo as part of the local election campaign.

-Up to 80.000 -100.000 accounts are being blocked on a monthly basis due to the payment of the broadcasting fee. We have canceled this fee and no one will receive a bill for the broadcasting fee and have his account blocked.You are paying taxes and from the budget, we shall divert all those assets for the Macedonian Radio-television and they shall be paid at the start of each month between the 1st and the 5th. It will not depend on either Dragan Tevdovski, the Minister of Finance, or Zoran Zaev or anyone that will come after us. There shall be an independent medium, with an independent manager, with independent editors because the independence of other media will depend on the independence of MRTV. If we have an independent media there shall be a consciousness in Macedonia they shall be looking upon matters independently and neither Zaev nor anyone will be able to steal again from the state -said Zaev.

VMRO-DPMNE: Why is Rashkovski silent and hasn’t resigned yet?

Skopje, 5 October, 2017 - 14:10 (META) 

The Government’s General Secretary, Dragi Rashkovski, is silent and is not answering until when does he plan to break the law and why isn’t he resigning, since it is illegal to be a General Secretary at the Government, and at the same time to be a President of the Shareholder’s Assembly at the “Makedonski Telekom” for a fee of 500 euros per session, said VMRO-DPMNE’s press release.

The opposition party also stressed that Rashkovski has, contrary to the law, appointed himself in a position at the “Makedonski Telekom” with a fee of 500 euros and have also said that each month he can earn more than 1000 euros salary and 500 euros per session at the “Makedonski Telekom”.

VMRO-DPMNE also reminds that his mother in law, Elena Nechevska, his wife’s mother Veronika Nechevska, was the President of the Complaint Committee.

“Also, his godfather, Dejan KOstikj, was hired as an attorney at the Government’s General Secretariat, despite the fact that the government already has a legal department. Rashkovski’s nepotism has been pulling thousands of state money into the private pockets and fees from the budget”, said the press release.

Peshevski, Naumoff and Samak owe the state 300.000 euros for telephone bills

Skopje, 29 September, 2017 - 14:11 (META) 

The former ministers in the government led by VMRO-DPMNE, Vladimir Peshevski, Goran Mickovski, Jerry Naumof, Vele Samak and Bill Pavleski owe the state 300.000 euros for going overboard with the limits on their work telephones, said the Government’s General Secretary, Dragi Rashkovski for the SDK portal.

A champion in overriding the limit on his mobile work phone in a period of two months is the former minister Jerry Naumoff, who according to the reports has overcome the limit for 259.580 denars.

Apart from the ministers without a resort, the General Secretary has shortened the former Vice-Premier Vladimir Peshevski from his appanage for June, July and August in the amount of 20.148 denars, the exact amount that was overridden on his work mobile phone in May and April, before leaving his post.

Rashkovski has shortened an amount of 8.926 denars of the appanage of the government’s former General Secretary, Kiril Bozinovski.

Aleksandar Nikovski, the son of the former diplomat Risto Nikovski, is demanding from the government to be paid a fee for providing his counseling services for former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, for May-July 2017 in amount of 9.000 euros and to refund the expenses for a business trip in May in the amount of 450 euros, but Rashkovski announced that there won’t be any payments.

Gruevski’s cabinet has spent 38 million euros on campaigns and propaganda

Skopje, 24 September, 2017 - 12:54 (META) 

The cabinet of the former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski, during the period between 2008 and 2015 spent 38 million of euros from the budget, on campaigns that were broadcast on television and electronic media, informed today at a press conference, the governments spokesperson Mile Boshnjakovski.

He also said that this sum doesn’t include the expenditures from the campaigns led in 2006, 2007 and part of 20016, as there were some documents missing from these years.

The money, as Boshnjakovski informed, were spent on campaigns such as “Third Child,” “Abortus Prevention,” “Explore Macedonia” and “Ideas Day” etc.

“The amount of 38 million of euros was spent exclusively by the former Prime Minister’s cabinet. This amount does not include expenditures from campaigns that were spent by various ministries. Almost 15 million of euros were spent on several marketing agencies for campaign productions. For investigating public opinion were spent 200.000 euros, but that number is not definite. For purchasing an advertising space in electronic media, 23 million of euros were spent”, said Boshnjakovski.

He also said that there was no criterion for allocation of funds for the purchase of advertising space.

Ivanov demands more money for ARM while Šekerinska calls upon faster membership into NATO

Skopje, 19 August, 2017 - 9:04 (META) 

Last night, at the Army’s stadium in the City park in Skopje, a central celebration took place to mark the 25th anniversary of the forming of the Army of Republic of Macedonia.

During the celebration, which began by firing artillery weapons, the President Gjorge Ivanov and the Minister of Defense, Radmila Šekerinska addressed the attendees. The Head of the State remarked that the army was engaged without his decision and Šekerinska requested an engagement for accomplishing the vision for a NATO membership.

-Due to a lack of resources and time, including without a decision by the army’s supreme commander and without conditions when a crisis is declared, more often the army is engaged in tasks that are under the jurisdiction of other institutions. I repeat, the army is engaged without my decision and when the conditions for calling a state of crisis aren’t met. It is a serious violation of the law that I will not tolerate. ARM is spending its resources on others’ tasks that under the jurisdiction of other institutions. The circle of responsibility about jurisdictions has to be closed about what, who and when – said Ivanov.

By objecting that he is not involved in the decision-making process he stressed that more money is needed for the army.

Minister Radmila Šekerinska stressed that the road towards forming the army in the last 25 years was fraught with numerous challenges for which, as she said, most of the ARM members know that better than her and other previous and future ministers.

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.

BIRN: Foreign Investors invested seven times less than what was announced

Skopje, 23 January, 2017 - 12:10 (META) 

Foreign investors invested seven times less than what was announced and there are three times fewer jobs than promised, shows the database “Foreign investment under scrutiny” prepared by the journalistic team BIRN Macedonia.

The survey looked at 138 investments which were announced or promoted by the government from 2007 to 2016. It shows that 43 foreign investments were not realized nor did they fall through, which is almost a third of the total number of investments in the database.

Data emerging from BIRN’s research show that only four foreign companies that invested in the country, invested as much money as promised, and the rest invested significantly less or did not invest at all.