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Vanhoutte: The media reforms are disappointingly scarce

Peter Vanhoutte, the main mediator in the political parties talks during the so-called Przhino Process, which led to the Przhino Agreement, visited Skopje again. In this interview he speaks about one segment of the Przhino Process, namely the media reforms, and gives his appraisal. Are you familiar with the course of the media reforms over the past 3 years and...

Vanhoutte about the elections: the party is giving you crumbs and is running away with the whole cake

The election of honest politicians that were not involved in corruption is the first step in the building of your democracy, said the Belgian expert and former mediator in the working units for implementation of the Przino agreement, Peter Vanhoutte. Vanhoutte says that the elections are not the final destination, but the start towards the necessary changes. He warned...

Media Laws proposed by the AJM and SSNM fail to pass in Parliament

MPs failed to get their draft law proposal for media reforms passed, the draft-law, which was submitted by the SDSM, but proposed by the AJM and the Union of Journalists and Media workers (SSNM). The draft-law was modeled on proposals made by negotiator Peter Vanhoutte. The draft-law envisaged reforms in areas such as the Programming Control of MRT, and in the...

Vanhoutte: No elections on April 24 – Today the US and the EU will announce their final assessment

The delegation of the European Union (EU) and the Embassy of the United States (US) in Macedonia today, as announced, should be announcing their assessment on whether there are conditions for holding early parliamentary elections on April 24. Initially, the assessment by the EU and the US should have been announced yesterday, however, the embassies informed the public that the...

EU and the US should announce today whether there are conditions for early elections on April 24

Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) and United States (US) in the country, Aivo Orav and Jess Baily according to announcements this afternoon should announce their assessment of whether there are conditions for holding early parliamentary elections on April 24. There has been no official confirmation on how the ambassadors will announce their decision, whether they will personally take their findings...

Baily and Orav attend meeting to reinforce working groups over media reforms

US Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily and EU Ambassador Aivo Orav joined negotiators from the working group for the media law at the MPs Clubhouse. The Diplomats will attempt to put pressure on political parties to resolve the issue faster. Before the meeting, the Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte said he hoped a solution can be found, but was not optimistic. “We will...

Vanhoutte: Election where all political parties do not participate, will be problematic elections

Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte today before the meeting between the working groups at the MPs Clubhouse said that according to him it was possible to reach an agreement on the media law and it is good that political parties are giving their own suggestions, which are not final decisions, but only proposals . He confirmed that some of the proposals contained...

Brussels is concerned and disappointed by Gruevski’s insults in his speech

The European Union is disappointed by yesterday's statement by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski "Meta" has learnt from official sources within the EU. "We have already expressed our concern and disappointment with the statement from the former Prime Minister and his lack of the respect of the political agreement”, a senior official told “Meta” who asked to remain anonymous when...

EU tweeted to Gruevski: Whoever signed the Agreement has to support Janeva and Vanhoutte

The EU mission in Skopje today via its official Twitter profile has called upon all political parties to respect the Przhino Agreement and the Special Public Prosecutor, Katica Janeva and her work. "All the signatories of the Przhino Agreement should support the work of the Special Public Prosecutor and all four sides of the working groups", wrote the EU delegation...

Vanhoutte: The unilateral decision to hold early elections has destroyed confidence in the process

There is no sense anymore that the parties want to continue to work together and try to achieve common goals, said Belgian facilitator about negotiations regarding the Przhino Agreement, Peter Vanhoutte before today's meeting of the working groups in the MPs Clubhouse that started around 18:00. Mr Vanhoutte indicated that the main reason for this situation is the date for...

Negotiations failed: VMRO-DPMNE, DUI and DPA all want elections to be on April 24, while SDSM are against it

Negotiations between the four political parties leaders' failed late last night, which were held in Przhino in mediation with the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, US Ambassador Jess Bailey, EU Ambassador Orav and Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte. The four main parties were unable to agree on a date for early parliamentary elections. VMRO-DPMNE, DUI and...

Vanhoutte: All parties were constructive, but there is still more work to be done before elections

Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte welcomed today's agreement for the experts in the SEC. “I am very pleased to inform you that the leaders of the political parties have reached an agreement on the SEC. I hope that very soon we will start working to elect a Secretary General. I can say that all parties were constructive”, said Mr Vanhoutte. The facilitator...

Negotiations on the media have been left hanging, while participants await Vanhoutte to call them back to the negotiating table

Negotiations between the political parties signatory to the Przhino Agreement about the problems in the media, will not continue today after VMRO-DPMNE left the meeting in the MPs Clubhouse in Skopje "Meta" has learnt. According to our sources, the office of the Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte delivered a statement to the political parties today that negotiations will not take place...

If leaders agree tonight, the laws will be in parliamentary session tomorrow

In the MPs Clubhouse the meeting began of the Presidents of VMRO-DPMNE, SDSM, DPA and DUI, Nikola Gruevski, Zoran Zaev, Ali Ahmeti and Menduh Thaci. It is expected that party leaders signatories to the Przino Agreement to have the last word on the disputes on the Law on Government and the Privacy Act. The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of...

Vanhoutte: Working Groups will focus on bilateral meetings on key issues

Taking into account recent developments, the working group agreed to focus on bilateral meetings to address two key issues, i.e.  the selection of the remaining prosecutors in the Special Prosecutor's Office and the appointment of Ministers and Deputy Ministers for the government, said Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte. According to him, once an agreement is reached, meetings will convene with the...

Vanhoutte: If there is no agreement over SEC by November, elections in April are almost impossible

Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte said today that if no agreements are made on the details of the functioning of the State Election Commission by the beginning of November, elections in April are almost impossible. He says that now we now need to ask whether the political parties want to reach a full agreement, and according to him, there are obstructions...

Peter Vanhoutte: The Act on the “bombs” must be up to European standards if Macedonia have aspirations towards the EU

The meeting between the working groups of the parties signatory to the Przhino Agreement began, where matters should be discussed and agreed upon such as government laws, the "bombs" and the so-called "whistle-blowers." Yesterday the leaders of the four political parties met with EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, to come together and have a...

Vanhoutte: Parties on the right track to reach an agreement on the electoral law

Belgian expert Peter Vanhoutte said that the parties were on the right track to reach an agreement on the electoral law, where he expressed his satisfaction. However, he said the party, without specifying which one, abandoned the negotiations because of non-compliance for a Special Prosecutor. SDSM Secretary General Oliver Spasovski before the MPs Clubhouse where talks were being held with working...

Peter Vanhoutte: This is not a war, parties have to make a compromise

In the afternoon Belgian facilitator Peter Vanhoutte while negotiations were still ongoing, on the issue of electoral legislation, he told the parties that they have to compromise. “The parties must realize that you can not get everything. In the real world, when you compromise you have to give up certain things in order to get something in return. You can...

Meeting has finally begun over the electoral legislative agreement

The meeting between working groups, finally began between all signatories to the Przhino Agreement. Discussions over the Diaspora vote, and the responsibilities of the State Election Commission (SEC) should be decided. At the meeting attended Ilija Dimovski and Silvana Boneva from VMRO-DPMNE, Damian Manchevski and Cvetanka Ilieva from SDSM, Artan Grubi and Fatmir Besimi from DUI, Bekim Fazliu and Imer...