During his stay today in Makedonska Kamenica, the EU Ambassador Samuel Zbogar has clearly indicated the EU’s position regarding the vetting process in the judiciary. The country has to decide what is should do, said Zboghar when was asked about President Pendarovski comment yesterday during his speech at the Parliament that the vetting should be implemented after the elections.

-The president held a very important speech yesterday about essential issues that citizens are worried about. In my statement I clearly indicated our position – it’s up to North Macedonia to resolve the situation in the judiciary, said Zboghar.

The EU Ambassador Zboghar repeated that the implementation of the reforms is essential for Macedonia’s EU accession. When asked whether these reforms will include the changes of the Election Code that the government and its opposition have diametrically opposed views, Zboghar said that this is an internal matter. But it is more evident that the implementation of fair and democratic elections before the May summit in Zagreb will be more essential when the issue of Macedonia will be debated again.

-I think that the implementation of the reforms will have to continue. Some issues have to be solved before the elections and then you have to have democratic elections with a dignified campaign. Regarding the election system whether you have one or six electoral units is a matter of internal affairs that we have no opinion about – said Zboghar who also said that OSCE and ODIHR’s recommendations are important to be implemented as well.

The EU Ambassador was visiting Makedonska Kamenica today where he was having a debate with pupils of secondary schools. He announced a major investments in municipalities next year with a fund of five million euros intended for municipalities’ projects.