After yesterday’s allegations by VMRO-DPMNE regarding the annual costs of at least half a million euros for advisers to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the Government disclosed their own calculations, saying that during the mandates of Nikola Gruevski as prime minister from 2010 to 2015, at least 1, 73 million euros were spent on his advisers.

The government published a list of 91 advisers and external advisers to Gruevski, explaining that the list does not contain the information for the period between 2006 to 2010, which are yet to be calculated.

“In just over a year, Nikola Gruevski’s government spent 71.6 million denars of the citizens money for external advisers, some of which were hired with a salary of 7,000.00 euros per month. Furthermore, there is a lack of data from copyright agencies through which the external advisers were hired, which means that the number of 91 advisors and external advisers is not final”, reads the government statement.

They explain that apart from individual consultations, former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski had contracts for consultation services from foreign advocacy agencies, legal consultations, brand building, public relations, etc. in 2015 and 2016. There are four contracts amounting to a total value of 569,000 euros or 34,99 million denars.