MPs and civil servents at the Wilton Park conference for an effective parliament

London, 13 February, 2018 - 17:45 (META) 

The Speaker of the Republic of Macedonian Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, and some 30 representatives from across all political parties, Parliamentary departments, as well as the Parliamentary Institute, along with representatives from civil society, will all participate in a conference under the heading “Building an Efficient and Independent Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia”, commencing tomorrow until the 16th February in Wilton Park, Great Britain.

Xhaferi’s office reports that the conference was organized by the British Embassy and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

Helsinki Committee: No laws were broken when MPs were detained

Skopje, 6 February, 2018 - 12:40 (META) 

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights has not found any violations of procedures under the Constitution and the Laws regarding the detainment of six MPs suspected of violence, which occurred in Parliament on the 27th of April, last year.

Today, the Helsinki Committee reported that they had come to this conclusion after complaints were filed by MPs from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, concerning the detainment of their colleagues.

The Helsinki Committee also stated that the judge acted correctly when he first ordered the detention of the MPs so he could interview them and decide on the “merits and necessity of the proposed measures that affect their personal rights and freedom”.

Therefore, the Committee was unable “to determine with certainty whether handcuffs were unjustly placed on the MPs, or whether it was done, only in order to humiliate and embarrass them”.

All amendments for the Law on Languages have now been translated

Skopje, 5 February, 2018 - 17:17 (META) 

All amendments submitted for the Law on Languages have now been translated, reported the Office of Parliamentary Speaker, Talat Xhaferi.

They reported that the amendments to the Law on Languages have now been archived, processed and posted to the e-parliament, and that the Translation Department had translated all submitted amendments.

“The Parliament Speaker’s Office acted within its jurisdiction, and did so until the completion of the process. Given the large number of amendments, they still need to be reviewed and dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Rules and Regulations of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, after which the Law on Languages will be then be reviewed, “stated Xhaferi’s office.

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE, submitted over 35,000 amendments to the Law on Languages, after the President of the country, Gjorge Ivanov refused to sign it and returned the Law for a third reading in Parliament with a series of comments and remarks.

After the amendments, Parliament were meant to start discussing the Law last week, however, the point was removed from the agenda because the amendments had not been translated.

A new effort for a parliamentary debate about the Law on languages

Skopje, 30 January, 2018 - 11:15 (META) 

Today at noon, the 32nd session will continue at the Parliament where the 8th item on the agenda will be the discussion about the Law on languages.

The Parliament’s President, Talat Xhaferri skipped this item yesterday because, as he said, the technical conditions were not met for the discussion.

He informed that the parliamentary services didn’t process and translate the 35.569 amendments that were filed by the opposition.

Previously it was announced that at this session there will be a voting about items referring to personnel of various parliamentary organs, bodies, committees, delegations, councils, and commissions.

The Law on languages will be returned today at the Parliament

Skopje, 29 January, 2018 - 13:18 (META) 

At today’s 32nd session at the Parliament, the first item on the agenda is the Law on the use of languages. It is returned again to the MPs after it was vetoed previously by President Gjorge Ivanov and he issued several remarks about it. This will be the third reading of the Law.

The Law wears a European flag and has a priority tag, and in order for it to be adopted only a simple majority will be needed.

If the Parliament adopts the law with a majority of votes out of the total number of MPs, the President of the Republic is obliged to sign the decree.

VMRO-DPMNE has filed a record number of 32.000 amendments. The previous record was held by DUI with around 15.000 amendments that were filed for the Law on the defenders in 2012.

Part of the Macedonian academic public has expressed discontent regarding the content and the articles of the law, and the civil associations protested this past Saturday at the Parliament and announced that in the forthcoming days they shall be expressing their discontent by this “unconstitutional law.”

With 35.000 amendments VMRO-DPMNE is going to filibuster the Law on languages

Skopje, 27 January, 2018 - 17:59 (META) 

The opposition party VMRO-DPMNE has up until now filed 19.000 amendments to the Law on languages, report the media which call upon sources at the Parliament.

The party, reports “Television 24” has announced that it will file a total number of 35.000 amendments. The amendments are arriving continuously at the Parliament’s archive, where the services are working at full speed. Some of the opposition MPs are at the archive where they are signing the amendments on the spot.

This means that the MPs from the opposition party will try with the so-called filibustering to block the passing of the Law on languages.

The coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE’s group of MPs, Vlatko Gjorchev said yesterday that the total number of amendments will depend on the answer given by the ruling party on their requests for re-calling the content and to return to a dialogue.

VMRO-DPMNE to return to Parliament to prevent the adoption of the Law on Languages

Skopje, 24 January, 2018 - 17:47 (META) 

The VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group will return to the parliamentary benches and with amendments to try and stop the adoption of the Law on the use of Languages, said the party’s vice-president Mitko Janchev at a press conference.

“The proponents want to push the unconstitutional law on bilingualism by force, and it is not only detrimental to VMRO-DPMNE, but to the Republic of Macedonia. The government’s decision not to withdraw the law and not to open a constructive debate over the law could cause long-term consequences for the country and disrupt the cohesion among citizens. VMRO-DPMNE is on the side of the people and the Republic of Macedonia and therefore, wil do everything to defend the country and national interests”, said Janchev.

He added that the VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group will return to Parliament to convince MPs from parliament about the risk of the consequences of adopting this law, which he says, not only goes beyond the framework of the Constitution and the Ohrid Framework Agreement, but puts them in a subordinate position to all other ethnic communities in the Republic of Macedonia.

Gjorchev: We shall support each step that would take Macedonia closer to NATO

Skopje, 18 January, 2018 - 16:30 (META) 

We shall support every step that will take Macedonia closer towards the NATO membership said the acting coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE’s MP group, Vlatko Gjorchev, after the meeting with the party’s representatives with NATO’s General Secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, which he saw as “good and constructive.”

-We informed Stoltenberg about the political prosecutions that are conducted in Macedonia, which is the only country in Europe where there are fierce prosecutions of the opposition. He thanked the party for all it has done so far regarding Macedonia’s accession into NATO -said Gjorchev.

When he replied to a question asked by a journalist, whether the party will return at the Parliament, Gjorchev repeated that VMRO-DPMNE’s stance is that in Macedonia there is no freedom, but a regime and that innocent people are imprisoned.

He informed that the Law on languages wasn’t the subject discussed with Stoltenberg, but he approved Ivanov’s decision not to sign the bill and he saw the decision as “founded.”

Skenderbeg’s historical and civilisation heritage should unite us

Skopje, 17 January, 2018 - 18:01 (META) 

Skenderberg is a national hero of the Albanians, but also for all the nations that want peace in the Balkans, said DUI’s party leader, Ali Ahmeti on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the death of Gjergj Kastriot – Skenderberg, that was celebrated today.

Ahmeti, the President of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferri, ministers, MPs and DUI’s party officials have layed flowers in front of Skenderbeg’s monument in Skopje after the Albanian anthem was intoned.

Previously, at the Parliament’s Grand Cupola, a formal academy took place where, apart from the president of the Parliament, the Director of the Institute for Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of the Albanians, Skender Asani, the Director of the Institute for National History, Dragi Gjeorgjiev and Professor Vlado Popovski, who is a historian and a member of the Board for celebrating the anniversary, all addressed the attendees.

In his speech, Xhaferri stressed that the character of Gjergj Kastrioti – Skenderberg is tightly linked with everyone who live today in the Republic of Macedonia i.e. with the “centennial strives and the fight of the Albanian and Macedonian nation for freedom and sovereignty.”

To mark the occasion, today a stamp was presented that carried the picture of Skenderbeg.

VMRO-DPMNE will temporarily return to Parliament for Stoltenberg’s speech

Skopje, 16 January, 2018 - 18:56 (META) 

MPs from VMRO-DPMNE will attend Parliament on Thursday to hear NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s speech, who is coming tomorrow to visit the country.

However, for now, the return of the opposition to the benches will be only for this occasion, as for the future, the party says, they will inform the general public in a timely manner.

“We have been and remain with our policy orientations towards the European Union and NATO. It is true that we will attend the address of the NATO Secretary General. For further matters, whether we are returning or not to Parliament, we will inform you and the general public in a timely manner”, said the director of the Center for Communications of the party, Ivo Kotevski for “Focus”.

The main opposition party, for a month and a half, have boycotted working in Parliament because of the detainment of suspects from last year’s violence on April 27th, among six are MPs from VMRO-DPMNE.

The new party leader, Hristijan Mickoski, recently said that their MPs will return to Parliament “when a democratic environment is created for it to function”.