EU Delegation Head Comments on Methodology and PPO Law

Commenting on the new methodology presented by Commissioner Oliver Varhely, the Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Samuel Zbogar, said on Friday it was a win-win situation as far as candidates were concerned. Regarding the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law, he urged MPs to make efforts and adopt it by consensus. Though it is not a condition for EU, it will be a positive message for a change of the country. According to the Government, there is time and support in Parliament for the Public Prosecutor’s Office law to be adopted. However, the opposition has adhered to its stand that the document should be prepared by experts. SDSM leader Zoran Zaev said on Saturday that a three-day debate that would start on Monday at a parliamentary level could see the document adopted. He added that he had personally worked on securing support. Zaev is convinced that there can be more than 80 votes in favour without VMRO-DPMNE’s support. As far is the issue of dissolution is concerned, Hristijan Mickoski’s party believes that 12 February should be the only date. The Ministry of Justice will submit the text of the law to the Government only if there is consent. Caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski is ready to convene a session of the Government at any time. Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said he wouldn’t allow theatrics. On 12 February, he will put VMRO-DPMNE’s initiative for dissolution on the agenda.