“This anti-crisis package is the first so far to quickly pass the parliamentary filter, unlike the previous ones which were stalled for a long time and were disputed by the opposition parties. The world crisis is a consequence of the war in Ukraine, economic flows are uncertain and will depend on developments there, the only priority of the Macedonian Government is to protect living standards,” said Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski after the package of economic measures to help citizens and the economy was adopted. In a video address, he said that reduced taxes, frozen prices and assistance to the most vulnerable categories will yield results, sent a message to citizens for rational use of energy resources, but also called on officials to save money from the state treasury. Although the opposition supported the government’s measures to reduce VAT on products and excise duties on fuels, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski believes that they are overdue and insufficient to overcome the economic and energy crisis. “Well, I do not think that the set of measures is enough, because it is overdue, generally those that are essentially VMRO-DPMNE proposed a few weeks ago, but due to the arrogance of this Government and self-righteousness, they failed to overcome themselves and accept then, here are some modified ones submitted to the parliament and we supported them, although they are late even though they knew 4 months ago that this would happen the real question is why they did not prepare and did not react in time but waited by inertia and it’s too late to prevent what today is happening,” says Mickoski.