It seems that the agreement of 2nd of June is slowly but surely applied in practice.
This is indicated by the recent reactions of the government and the opposition, which likely want to be cooperative while negotiations last and give a positive impression to foreign observers. The sureness of the decision of the agreement is confirmed by information from the media, according to which, the major obstacles are overcome and only formalization of the document is awaited.
Hope that something is moving in a positive direction gives yesterday’s statement by SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, who said that the whole thing should be over by Friday. He did not deny that there are meetings between the two parties, although less vaguely denied the information of a secret meeting with VMRO-DPMNE leader and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
Solved or in the stage of solution:
- When asked at yesterday’s press conference, Zaev noted that Parliamentary Commission will open the cases and the debate on the cases related to the wiretapping. This, too, might mean that there is a possibility SDSM to return to the Assembly after formalization of the agreement;
- SDSM has not published any “bombs”. The item that reads “with immediate effect there will be no further publication of any material from the wiretapping” was also fulfilled;
- Yesterday, Minister of Information Society and Administration Ivo Ivanovski said that the government has put a moratorium on commercial articles on national televisions;
- How will the government that will organize the elections look like. Both parties have information in addition to a quick solution of this item;
- It seems that in the last few days, the government fulfills the last item, according to which, the agreement will include reforms to be undertaken in the field of chapters 23 and 24, which include media freedom.
Under the agreement of 2nd of June, during the transition period, it should have been resolved:
- Until 10th of June, the parties to agree on concrete organization of government that would prepare the elections;
- SDSM to return to the Assembly and manage the parliamentary inquiry commission established for the wiretapping scandal. Commissions for detection and intervention in communications should also be managed by SDSM and start working, examining failures in the supervision and operation of state intelligence service;
- The first report of these commissions should be ready in November 2015;
- With immediate effect, there will be no further publication of any material from wiretapping. Upon return to SDSM in the Assembly, all materials held by SDSM or any other, will be submitted to the Public Prosecution for urgent procedure;
- In the middle of June and the end of August 2015, EU to facilitate inter-party dialogue (open to all parties represented at the Assembly) to reach agreement on issues of structural reforms;
- The agreement should include reforms to be undertaken in the field of chapters 23 and 24, advocacy and independent functioning of the national authorities, greater media freedom and full compliance with the views and recommendations of the Venice Commission.