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Bochvarski: The rebalancing of the budget will cut all the unnecessary expenditures

Skopje, 16 July, 2017 - 16:27 (META) 

The rebalancing of the budget is cutting the unnecessary and expensive expenditures, and the money is returned back to the citizens. With the rebalancing, funds will be provided for a permanent solution for the problem with the redundant workers and starting from September, around 70 000 citizens will receive a higher minimum wage in amount of 12.000 and the assets for raising the pupils’ standard and higher scholarships and bursaries, announced SDSM’s Vice President, Blagoj Bochvarski at a press conference that took place today. He also promised that a Youth guarantee will start that will offer a possibility of additional education, employment or a paid practice for the young.

SDSM’s Vice President said that the previous government that was led by VMRO-DPMNE was wasteful.

-While the majority of citizens have lived under the threshold of poverty with debts and blocked accounts, VMRo-DPMNE’s officials have spent their funds for lunches with exotic and exclusive food, expensive hotels, costumes, shoes, and spa treatments, and have completely ignored the needs of the citizens. The last evidence for VMRO-DPMNE’s wastefulness is the acquisition of two LED screens in the amount of one million of euros that are set on the expensive baroque facades in the center of Skopje. SDSM, through the new government it will lead is putting an end to this despicable treatment of citizens’ funds – said Bochvarski.

The rebalancing of the budget should enter into a parliamentary procedure tomorrow at noon.

Alagjozovski: It’s not just expensive to demolish, but also to maintain the structures of “Skopje 2014”

Skopje, 30 June, 2017 - 20:47 (META) 

The maintenance of the structures of the “Skopje 2014” project is just as expensive as their demolition, and accordingly, the basic assumption when the construction of this project began, that as a project it would save the Government money for rent, has been confuted, said the Minister of Culture, Robert Alagjozovski, at today’s debate on the future of  the “Skopje 2014” project, organized by the civil society association, “Freedom Square”.

“All options are being considered – retention, demolition and conversion, however everything will be done with a broad debate and an international competition for possible solutions”, said Alagjozovski.

“Freedom Square” said that the revision of  the”Skopje 2014″ project should not only cover the financial and procedural aspects of the construction, but also the functionality of the structures.

Dr. Donka Bardžieva, an art historian, insisted on the legal aspects of “Skopje 2014”. According to her, it was all built illegally and she suggested opening a public debate on the future of the project.

Sanja Radjenovic-Jovanovic, an architect, says that legal regulations were amended 16 times so that all construction ideas for “Skopje 2014” could be formally and legally covered.

SPO confiscates documents concerning “Skopje 2014” from the National Archive

Skopje, 14 January, 2017 - 11:28 (META) 

The Special Prosecutor’s Office has confiscated documents from the National Archive, regarding one of their preliminary investigations, reported “Telma” TV.

The SPO would not comment on what type of documents they were looking for, nor would they comment for what case their preliminary investigation is for.

Filip Petrovski, the Director of the National Archive stated that the documents were related to the “Skopje 2014” project.

Both Mr Petrovski and the SPO say that cooperation was handled in a correct manner and that there were no problems. However, Director Petrovski still thinks that the prosecution is the author of false information that appeared on the internet, and that there were incidents in the archives between himself and prosecutors, where the police were involved. He also claims that it was not the actual portals themselves, but the SPO used them to orchestrate attacks against him today in public.

Kanceska-Milevska: This is pure theatre organized by the SDSM

Skopje, 28 October, 2016 - 17:20 (META) 

This is pure political theatre organized by the SDSM and supported by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, said the Minister of Culture Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska, while leaving the Criminal Court, after Tuesday’s hearing of the “Tenders” case.

Kanceska-Milevska spent two hours in court. She stated that she has the same viewpoint of the statement she made last Thursday and at today’s hearing, the SPO did not submit any new evidence.

“This is pure political theatre organized by the Social Democratic Union, and the Special Public Prosecutor are participating in this performance to support the party during the election campaign. I stick to my previous statement”, said Kanceska-Milevska.

Immediately after the case, Minister Kanceska-Milevska called a press conference, where she stated that the work from all the projects of “Skopje 2014” are “crystal clear” and the allegations made by prosecutor Fatime Fetai are nothing more than “gossip” and “hearsay”.

When the minister was asked whether the court would confiscate her passport, Kancevska-Milevska answered shortly “they need to know the laws”.

The Special Public Prosecutor’s Office officially opened the investigation on the case last Thursday and on the very same day, they requested precautionary measures for two of the suspects involved in the case.

Kancheska-Milevska: I was summoned as a witness to confirm that the Ministry of Culture works legally

Skopje, 29 August, 2016 - 17:30 (META) 

The Minister of Culture, Elizabeta Kancheska-Milevska was today called as a witness by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, which she confirmed herself after being questioned for three hours and a half.

She briefly stated that this was an opportunity for her to confirm and emphasize the legal work of the Ministry of Culture. During today’s questioning, Kancheska-Milevska did not want to give more details, saying she was not authorized to comment due to confidentiality of the investigation.

Unofficial sources say that the Minister had been summoned regarding the project “Skopje 2014”. Earlier this month others had been also been summoned regarding the same investigation such as the Mayor of the Center, Andrej Zernovski and the former Minister of Culture, Arifhikmet Dzemali.

This morning, Macedonian businessman Orce Kamchev who is one of the owners of “Media Print Macedonia”, the hospital “Adzibadem Sisitina”, “Orka Holding”, “Stopanska Bank – Bitola”, “ZIG”, “Pelagonija” and other companies had also been summoned by the SPO.

According to the latest list from “Forbes”, Kamcev, who has a close relationship with the government, is the richest man in Macedonia.

Zernovski: The good news is that the audit reports for project “Skopje 2014” are now in the right hands

Skopje, 26 July, 2016 - 13:27 (META) 

The good news is that we are here today and the audit reports are finally in the right hands and we can expect justice to be served, stated the Mayor of the Municipality of the Center, Andrej Zernovski, in a statement he gave today at the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the project “Skopje 2014”.

He said that he had provided the SPO with two audit reports prepared at the request of the Municipality, regarding the controversial project. The Mayor did not want to share details of the statement he gave the prosecution because it is still the preliminary investigation, which is confidential.

“At the SPO I submitted two audit reports, one of which was prepared in August 2011. The material had been handed over to the Public Prosecution, but for three years they have been placed in a draw and the Prosecution have ignored it. Otherwise, the material is accurate in regards to the corrupt practices concerning the project “Skopje 2014”. The project was originally estimated to cost $80 million, but now it costs eight times more, now it costs 640 million euros”, said Zernovski.

Zernovski has been called by the SPO regarding project “Skopje 2014”

Skopje, 24 July, 2016 - 14:30 (META) 

The Mayor of the Center, Andrej Zernovski on Tuesday, has been called to the Special Prosecutor’s Office where he is expected to give a statement about the projects in the DUP (Detailed Urban Plan) “Mal Ring”, said the Municipality of the Center.

“It’s an area in the city center, where there are monuments and buildings from the government project “Skopje 2014”, reads the statement by the Municipality Center.

They stressed that after Mayor Zernovski took office, audit reports from the government project “Skopje 2014” were commissioned and it was concluded that there were a series of irregularities and violations of the laws.

Audit reports from the Municipality Center in 2013 were submitted to the Public Prosecution.

“The Public Prosecution remain silent on this case and have not processed it, which has prevented the initiation of legal proceedings. Mayor Zernovski hopes that the establishment and operation of the SPO, will finally sort out the criminal project “Skopje 2014”, reported the Municipality.

BIRN: Skopje 2014 costs more than 567 million euro

Skopje, 26 July, 2015 - 12:34 (META) 

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRNP) released the report „Skopje 2014 investigated“. It says in it that the Ministry of Culture and the Government’s Service for General and Common Works have spent most of the funds on the Skopje 2014 project, because they figure as investors in some of the largest buildings: The VMRO Museum, the Old Theater, the Constitutional Court, the Philharmonic building and the new façade on the Government’s buildings.

According to the documents, the most expensive object that is part of Skopje 2014 is the building the houses the Constitutional Court, the State Archives and the Archaeological Museum. That building costs more than 42 million euro.

Thee million euro less is the cost of the Macedonian Philharmonic building, at 39 million and the Old Theater, which according to the documents costs over 37 million euro, which have been amounted to through 85 contracts.

The biggest mark on Skopje 2014 was left by the sculptor Valentina Stevanovska, author of the Porta Makedonija and Warrior on a Horse, the monuments on Phillip the Second square, seven sculptures on the bridge called the Eye, the gazebo, the Hristo Tatarchev monument and the Warrior in Gazi Baba. According to the available documents, Stevanovska had earned almost 3 million euro- a sum that includes the costs of producing the monuments.

The company Neimar Inzenering is second on the list, after Stevanovska. According to data from the Central Registry, the owner of the company is Ana Kedeva-Petrova, sister of the famous heart surgeon Sashko Kedev who was a candidate in the presidential elections in 2004 and who is a former Member of Parliament from the ranks of VMRO-DMPNE.

The most expensive façade, according to BIRN is that of the Government’s building. According to calculations, it costs more than 15 million euro which is three times more than all facades in the city center combined.

Skopje 2014 has:
-132 objects
– 30 investors
– 117 companies
– 9 bronze-casting shops
– 130 authors of proposal projects

The entire project amounts to 567 million euro.

TM: “Skopje 2014” is a bottomless pit!

Skopje, 8 July, 2015 - 14:31 (META) 

“The controversial project” Skopje 2014 “continues to function as a financial “bottomless pit” where the money of citizens of the Republic of Macedonia disappear. Today, the question whether such irrational spending of state money will ever come to an end is justified, because now it is the year 2015, and the project continues to spend millions of euros in vague and unjustifiable purposes.” This is written in the latest bulletin on “Transparency Macedonia” (TM).

“Irrational spending of taxpayers’ money continues in other areas. Namely, what should particularly be emphasized is the new baroque fence around the building of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. After more than half a century of existence of the government building, a decision it to be fenced with baroque fence is brought. Suspicious political motives for the reservation of the government building aside, it is worth mentioning is the value of 690,000 euros without VAT on construction of this fence, which will include concrete baroque pillars and wrought iron fence, while the far shorter fence near hotel “Holiday Inn” exceeded 1.3 million euros. This just shows how irrational taxpayers’ money is spent. Ministry of Culture, in turn, announced a tender for construction of the monument of Mother Teresa in the center of Skopje for a whopping 5.1 million euros. With taxpayers’ money, with a campaign worth over 500,000 euros, the Government will educate citizens to feed healthy, “reads the bulletin.

“Transparency Macedonia” urged Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to explain the reasons for the fencing of the building of the Government.

TM demands from local governments and public enterprises to stop wasting taxpayers’ money inappropriately and for dubious purposes.