What is obstructing the negotiations of the working groups?

It has been almost five months since the signing of the Przhino Agreement on the 2nd of June and a month less since the Protocol was signed on July the 15th, also in Przhino.

When meetings started and the working groups began, negotiations had some success; choosing a Special Public Prosecutor, a law was brought in on Special Prosecution, however just eight days after the Council of Public Prosecutors did not chose all Assistant Prosecutors of Katica Janeva’s team, SDSM left negotiations, and the whole process became congested.

What is obstructing the process?

  • A bill for a moratorium on the “Bombs”, although it is not in the Przhino Agreement

Talat Xhaferi, the coordinator of the Parliamentary Group DUI and Krsto Mukoski, the Deputy Coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE, submitted to Parliament draft laws which stipulates prison sentences for anyone possessing or publishing conversations from the wire tapped materials. In the Przhino Agreement it states that once a Special Prosecutor is chosen, all items held by the opposition party will be passed on to the Special Prosecutor. Even so, it doesn’t say in any part of the agreement, that the use of the “Bombs” will be forbidden for those that have already been published.

  • The Law on the Special Public Prosecutor challenged in the Constitutional Court

Towards the end of last month, a lawyer from Sveti Nikole asked the Constitutional Court to assess the constitutionality of the Law on the Special Public Prosecutor, but no session has been scheduled for this matter. Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte while briefing reporters said that the Constitutional Court had asked for an interpretation of the agreement from Parliament. Since then Parliament sent their opinion to the Constitutional Court. Veljanoski’s office refused to comment on the details about the content of the opinion.

  • The Special Prosecutor has no assistants, nor offices, nor employed staff

Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva asked the Council of Public Prosecutors to approve 14 Assistant Prosecutors, premises for offices, and 1 million euro so she can conduct her work. The Council approved only seven of the proposed Assistant Prosecutors. Janeva’s financial and general work plan, was approved by the Council a week ago, but for them to take actual action the Government have to make the final decision, which should approve the money Janeva asked for. She asked for more than one million euros for what’s left of this year. There is still no word from the Government about the money which was requested by the Special Prosecutor.

  • Lost in translation

The ruling party and the opposition obviously have interpreted the Przhino Agreement differently. For some, the Ministers should only have technical positions without any responsibilities, while others believe that the Ministers should have all the power a minister has.

Likewise, the ruling party wants the Deputy Ministers to have the right of a veto on all matters, while SDSM insists that Deputy Ministers should only have the right to use their veto in matters related to elections.

In the Przhino Agreement it says: These deputy ministers will have all rights to control and veto the work of his ministries in all legal, financial and personnel issues related to elections.