Meeting over PPO Law between SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE Held

On Tuesday, SDSM’s Bojan Maricic and VMRO-DPMNE’s Timco Mucunski held a meeting at which they talked about potential solutions and unblocking the dialogue over the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law issue. According to both parties, a deal was reached according to which VMRO-DPMNE’s teams will file by the end of the week proposals and remarks about the document, after which the working groups are supposed to hold a meeting. “VMRO-DPMNE obliged itself to file concrete remarks in writing about the text in the coming days, before the scheduling of a meeting between the working groups that is supposed to take place by the end of the week. The procedures of the Special Prosecutor’s Office and prosecutors continuing work on the concrete cases they are tasked with remain the biggest problem for the opposition. We want justice and a professional Prosecutor’s Office that will resume the procedures,” SDSM said, adding that it was working with all parliamentary groups on adopting the law. VMRO-DPMNE, on the other hand, said that the main problem was “the unbalanced law which for now doesn’t guarantee an independent Public Prosecutor’s Office”. The same day, SDSM leader Zoran Zaev stated that there was hope for a two-thirds majority to adopt the law. “I have hope, but we don’t have much time because that is one of the laws we should adopt due to the reforms and the citizens and the transformation that should follow in the coming period,” he pointed out.