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Parliaments votes “for” with 62 votes on the 2018 budget

Parliament, with 62 votes, without any votes against and without abstentions, passed the Budget of the Republic of Macedonia for 2018 tonight. The budget for 2018 paints a picture of the economic and social policies of the Government, which are aimed at a stable economic growth, a better standard of living, a higher level of social justice, and efficient and...

Kovachevski: The budget will be adopted by December 23rd the latest

The budget for 2018 can be adopted no later than December 23rd, told “Meta” SDSM MP Vasko Kovachevski, who chaired the Finance and Budget Committee. He added that the Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, is due to return from the United States approximatley December 15th, and during that period he will schedule a plenary session to discuss next year's budget. “The discussion...

Mancevski: The largest part of the budget – 19.3 million euros – will go to MRT, MRD and AAVMU

The largest part of the budget for the Ministry of Information Society and Administration (MISA) in 2018 will be spent on "Macedonian Radio-Television" (MRT), Macedonian Broadcasting (MRD) and for the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services (AAVMU) said Minister Damjan Manchevski today. He explained that the total budget of the Ministry for next year is 1.486 billion denars, which...

Two amendments by VMRO-DPMNE were accepted at the Committee’s budget debate

During the debate about the draft-budget for 2018, the MPs have accepted two amendments submitted by VMRO-DPMNE who didn't participate in the today's debate while 8 eight were rejected. The accepted amendments contain a modified text and refer to subventions for pellet stoves and the TIR zone in Kumanovo. According to SDSM's MP, Jovan Mitrevski, the acceptance of these...

Bosnjakovski: The public are right to react, but the Government cannot intervene with the SEC;s budget

"The State Election Commission (SEC) is an independent institution and the government can not interfere with how the commission organizes its budget. We are aware that both the media and the public have reacted violently to the decisions of the SEC members to grant themselves bonuses, but as for the Government, it does not have the authority to intervene....

The debate of the Committee about the budget was postponed for the fifth time

The first continuation of the 12th session of the Committee on Finances and Budget, that was supposed to resume today at 11 o'clock was postponed for the fifth time. "The continuation of the 12th session of the Committee on Finance and Budget, at which a debate about the draft-budget for 2018 was taking place and was set for today...

The draft budget for 2018 is 3.4 billion euros, the excise tax on oil will increase

The draft budget for 2018 is worth 3.4 billion euros, announced Minister of Finances Dragan Tevdovski. Today, he presented the figures to the public, civil society organizations and representatives of the chambers of commerce. The budget deficit is planned at 2.7% of the domestic gross product versus 2.9% last year. This, as Tevdovski said, is aimed at gradually reducing the debt...

EBU is imposing sanctions on MRT which is sinking deeper into debt

The viewers of "Macedonian Radio Television" (MRT) can soon be left without European sports championships, without the "Eurovision" song contest, foreign channels, foreign documentaries and feature films due to an outstanding debt towards the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). A source within MRT's Program Council, who wished to remain anonymous, has revealed that the deb is over 500.000 euros. By...

Zaev: MRT shall be an independent media, with an independent manager and independent editors

The assets that will be used from the state budget and diverted to the Macedonian Radio Television (MRTV) will be used for providing an independence of the national service, said the SDSM's party leader and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev during yesterday's political rally in Tetovo as part of the local election campaign. -Up to 80.000 -100.000 accounts are being...

Peshevski, Naumoff and Samak owe the state 300.000 euros for telephone bills

The former ministers in the government led by VMRO-DPMNE, Vladimir Peshevski, Goran Mickovski, Jerry Naumof, Vele Samak and Bill Pavleski owe the state 300.000 euros for going overboard with the limits on their work telephones, said the Government's General Secretary, Dragi Rashkovski for the SDK portal. A champion in overriding the limit on his mobile work phone in a...

The Parliament has ended the broadcasting fee

The Parliament has passed a bill for ending the broadcasting fee, that was proposed with a short procedure. 70 MPs voted in favor of the changes in the Law for audio and audio-visual media services and there were no votes against or neutral. Since this law is passed with the Badentier's majority, the ending of the broadcasting fee was...

Trajchevski: AAVMU’s independence will be violated if the Government keeps it on a string

The repeal of the broadcasting fee as well as the financing of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services with budget funds will violate the independence of the institution and it will be kept on a string by the government, the Director of AAAMS Zoran Trajchevski said today at the opening of the Conference with the media regulatory...

Tevdovski: The budget for 2018 is being prepared, unproductive costs will be cut

“We are preparing the budget for 2018 and we are making the macroeconomic projections more precise”, said Minister of Finance, Dragan Tevdovski, in an interview with Sitel TV. He added that next year could be expected higher economic growth than this year. He announced that the next year the non-productive costs will be reduced, as he pointed out, to give...

Rashkovski: The previous government spent 800.000 euros on employees that never went to work

A total number of 166 government employees didn't go to work in 2016 caused damage to the budget in the amount of  800.000 euros, announced the Government's General Secretary on his Facebook profile. "This is how our money was spent. A disciplinary procedure was put into motion and depending on the outcome, an appropriate procedure will follow. A damage was...

Vote of no confidence against Tevdovski because he is a “minister of cuts and borrowing”

Today, MPs from VMRO-DPMNE will submit to Parliament a vote of no confidence against the work of the Minister of Finance Dragan Tevdovski, stated MP Liljana Kuzmanovska. The main reason for the vote of no confidence is the "completely ineffective budget re-balance for the significant reduction of capital expenditures, the increased and unfounded debt of the citizens on the domestic...

Tuntev: We will not go on vacation until Zvrlevski is dismissed

Today, at the press centre in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, MP and Coordinator of SDSM, Tomislav Tuntev said that MPs from the parliamentary majority had agreed not to go on vacations until the discussion on the dismissal of the Attorney General, Marko Zvrlevski ends. Tuntev announced that there will be meetings in Parliament during the upcoming weekend,...

Today the Commission of Finance and Budget will continue to discuss the budget revision

Today at 10:30am, the Commission for Finance and Budget will have the fifth session discussing the Government's proposed budget revision for 2017. Prior to the beginning of the discussion, VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM were still having the same party views regarding the budget revision. VMRO-DPMNE said that "SDS are continuously and shamelessly putting citizens in debt", SDSM said again that "the...

Tevdovski: The goal of the rebalancing of the budget is to decrease the unnecessary expenses

The Minister of Finance, Dragan Tevdovski, during today's discussion of the Commission for Financing and Budget regerading the rebalance of the budget, has stressed that the basic aim of the rebalance is to decrease the non-productive expenditures and to provide space for the realization of the policies of the new government. -The rebalancing is not a new budget but...

Bochvarski: The rebalancing of the budget will cut all the unnecessary expenditures

The rebalancing of the budget is cutting the unnecessary and expensive expenditures, and the money is returned back to the citizens. With the rebalancing, funds will be provided for a permanent solution for the problem with the redundant workers and starting from September, around 70 000 citizens will receive a higher minimum wage in amount of 12.000 and the...

Tevdovski: The budget is very thin, but there is enough for salaries and pensions

On the budget’s account concluded on the 31st of May there is 6.5 million euros, and on the foreign exchange account there is 209 millions euros, assets from the eurobond, informed today the Minister of Finance, Dragan Tevdovski. Further, he said that the budget has enough assets for servicing current expenditures and for payment of salaries and pensions. The money...