The debate about the amendments has ended and the budget is returned at the government from where it will be sent to the Parliament

Skopje, 7 December, 2017 - 17:52 (META) 

The Committee on Finance and Budget has completed the amendment discussion about the draft-budget for 2018. Today’s debate was the third continuation of the 12th session that began on the 27th of November, and the Committee’s debate about the draft-bill, that was re-scheduled several times and postponed as well, in order to be finished on the 8th day out of the legally planned 10 days.

Out of 279 amendments that were submitted by VMRO-DPMNE and Besa’s MPs, only 6 have passed, out of which 4 are those submitted by VMRo-DPMNE’s MPs who didn’t take part in the debate.

At today’s debate, SDSM’s MP, Hari Lokvenec, has remarked that VMRO-DPMNE’s amendments as absurd, as out of 211 submitted amendments in 200 they are asking for funds for finishing the building of the Macedonian Philharmonic.

After the debate about the draft-budget for 2018 it will be returned to the government for a further analysis and then to state its opinion about the accepted amendments, Then, the draft-budget will be debated by the MPs on a plenary session.

The Parliament began the discussion for the appointment of a public prosecutor and then stopped

Skopje, 25 November, 2017 - 19:57 (META) 

The Parliament began the discussion for the appointment of Ljubomir Joveski for a new public prosecutor, but after an explanation about nomination by the Deputy Minister for Justice, Oliver Ristovski and the speech given by VMRO-DPMNE’s MP, Ilija Dimovski, the president of the Parliament, Talat Xhaferri, stopped the session and for its continuation he will additionally send notifications.

In his explanation, the Deputy Minister for Justice stated that Joveski has built his entire career within the legal institutions i.e. the Court, the Public Prosecution and as a member of the Council of Public Prosecutors and that his professional experience and his high moral features were the main reasons why the government has proposed him for this position.

-His biography is a guarantee for a successful accomplishment of his position as a Public Prosecutor in front of which lie many challenges – said Ristovski.

The MP and the coordinator of one of the 10 VMRO-DPMNE’s MP groups, Ilija DImovski, in his speech didn’t problematize the proposal for Joveski’s appointment for this position but he asked the public prosecutor to be nominated by the opposition and to be elected with two-thirds majority including a control of the work of the Public Prosecution.

Half-empty hall, remarks and counter-remarks on the continuation of the debate regarding Zvrlevski

Skopje, 11 August, 2017 - 17:29 (META) 

The eighth continuation of the parliamentary debate regarding the dismissal of Attorney General, Marko Zvrlevski, has begun and has been developing with the same pattern of remarks and counter-remarks between the MPs of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE and on procedural remarks.

Today, at the beginning of the continuation of the session, VMRO-DPMNE’s MP, Ilija Dimovski asked the Parliament Speaker to suspend the debate due to Article 8-a of the Electoral Code, which, he said, instructs Parliament due to the announced local elections to put the debate on hold, and also, because almost half of the MPs were not present in the Parliament Hall.

The debate got worse after the independent MP from the ruling coalition, Pavle Bogoevski, said on the rostrum that what VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs do in the Parliament is nothing to do with democracy, but they just try to save the skin of some party members that “should go to prison”.

VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs reacted strongly, and Daniela Rangelova asked Bogoevski to apologize to all MPs for threatening them with prison.

Topic for discussion on the budget regarding citizen’s compensation for earthquakes

Skopje, 22 July, 2017 - 17:56 (META) 

At today’s Commission’s discussion regarding the budget revision, the MPs argued the most about compensation for the citizens of Ohrid, Resen and Struga for the damage caused by earthquakes. VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs presented an amendment requesting two million euros for this purpose, but it was rejected.

VMRO-DPMNE’MP Antonio Milososki said that if there was political will, the new Government with the revision could allocate two million euros.

“This will help citizens repairing the damage caused by this natural disaster. Now you are defensive about the budget, i.e. the budget revision, or, you are defending the interest of Ohrid’s citizens who suffered damage”, Milososki added.

VMRO-DPMNE’MPs called for another amendment and asked for one million euros to compensate tourism workers due to the losses in tourism.

Minister of Finance Dragan Tevdovski stressed that with the budget revision, there was an item that refers to natural disasters, and IPA funds were intended for tourism workers.

The Parliament has voted for the final report of the budget for 2016

Skopje, 15 July, 2017 - 21:49 (META) 

With 92 votes “for” and without any “against” or withhold, this afternoon the Parliament has voted for the final report on the implementation of the budget for 2016.

During the marathon length eight session, the MPs of the ruling party were often absent in the hall and the VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs and the Coalition were exchanging retorts mainly with their party comrades.

VMRО-DPMNE’s MPs claimed that during the times when they were a ruling party the funds were spent sparingly, the wages were increased, the pensions and the social help, and the subventions were regularly paid. They stated that the realization of crucial infrastructural projects mustn’t be stopped such as the highways and the regional roads, and they reacted due to the decreased budget for the education.

At today’s plenary session a decision was made for dismissal of the Parliament’s General Secretary, Zarko Denkovski. Cvetanka Ivanova, an attorney and a former SDSM MP was appointed as a new General Secretary of the Parliament.

The Parliamentary President, Talat Xhaferri has stopped the eighth session, which continuation, as he said will be set additionally.

The Parliament should start the ninth session on Monday, during which the rebalancing of the budget for 2017 should be discussed.

The Constitutional Court has accepted the initiative for Amnesty for electoral fraud

Skopje, 24 February, 2016 - 15:28 (META) 

With 5 votes “for” and 4 “against”, the Constitutional Court has accepted the initiative for the President to pardon people who have been convicted of electoral fraud. The Court today discussed the initiative for assessing the constitutionality and legality of the Amnesty Law.
The opinion of the judges over this legislation was divided, some thought no changes should be made, while others thought it was necessary.
Some of the judges of the trial requested this item be postponed to the next session, but the request was denied.
The Constitutional Court is composed of nine judges, and decisions are made by a majority vote by the judges.
The proposed changes come at a time when the Special Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against eight people suspected of electoral fraud, including former ministers Mile Janakieski and Gordana Jankuloska, General Secretary Kiril Bozinovski and Mayor of Pustec Edmond Temelko.

The debate on the budget in Parliament scheduled for November 16

Skopje, 3 November, 2015 - 9:40 (META) 

The dispute over the budget has been scheduled for November the 16th at 12:00 pm.

“The Government submitted the revised draft budget for 2016 to Parliament. The Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski scheduled another plenary session on November the 16th at 12:00 pm” announced the Cabinet of the President of Parliament.