State Minister of European Affairs at the German Foreign Ministry, Michael Roth, said that investigations related to wiretapping conversations must continue, and the Special Prosecutor’s Office should be integrated into the regular structures of the prosecution.
At the meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in Government, he was informed that the opposition was against continuing the mandate of the SPO.
“I must point out that the two-thirds of majority is a prerequisite for extending the mandate of the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office, but I was informed that the opposition is against the extension of the mandate, and therefore the SPO should be integrated into the regular structures of the prosecution. It’s a problematic solution, but if it works, it’s good”, Roth said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
Zaev also said that the Strategy for Judiciary Reforms has been planned for the SPO to be part of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, as a separate unit which will continue its work. Roth said that it is important for the state to achieve concrete results in terms of good governance and the rule of law.
“Implementation and concrete results are essential. This is a government task, but not only is the government responsible for changes, but everyone in the country has the task of contributing to change, especially the opposition. A truly independent judiciary, along with law enforcement authorities, both have a key role in the fight against corruption”, Roth said. Today he will meet with the opposition and non-governmental organizations.