Author Archives: Sasko Golov

EU Path Progress Depends on Country itself, PM and EU Ambassador Assess

PM Dimitar Kovacevski and Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador David Geer share the view that progress on North Macedonia’s EU path depends on the country itself. The former expects for the constitutional changes to be made. According to Geer, though North Macedonia has support for integration, the homework has to be done. Regarding the issue of elections, the PM’s ...

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Solution to Reduce Officials’ Salaries Possible in Two-Three Weeks, Says PM

It will be known this month how much the salaries of officials, which rose in April by 78%, will be reduced. At the Government’s session on Tuesday, a decision wasn’t made because PM Dimitar Kovacevski was in Tirana. The following day, the PM said a solution was possible in two-three weeks. However, he didn’t say how much the salaries would ...

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Osmani and Amon on Security Situation in Europe

Regarding the security situation in North Macedonia after the raising of the security level in European countries, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said that the authorities were following the situation. However, he added that there weren’t concrete threats. Werner Amon, the Austrian state of Styria’s Minister for European and International Affairs, Education and Human Resources, stated that the security situation in ...

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Reactions to Criminal Code Changes and Consequences Continue

Asked to comment on the expiration of the statute of limitations concerning wire-tapping in the Target-Fortress case, the Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador David Geer, said on Wednesday he couldn’t comment. However, he added that the European Commission’s stand regarding the Criminal Code changes was unchanged. As Geer reiterated, previously, the Commission expressed deep concern over the implications the ...

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Toplik Case: Annulment Results in Absolute Expirations Statute of Limitations

Three days before the seventh anniversary of the opening of the Toplik case, the Court of Appeals annulled the verdict, which has resulted in absolute expiration of the statute of limitations over the process which concerns the Sun City area. As a result of the Court’s ruling, the six convicted people, including ex-Transport and Communications Minister Mile Janakieski, at a ...

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Kanal 5 Presents Details of Draft-Criminal Code

The infamous Article 353, instead of concerning abuse of official position, will in the future pertain to cultural heritage. In the latest Draft-Criminal Code obtained by Kanal 5, the act is regulated in Article 460. Paragraph 1 of the Article, which describes the act, remains the same, as does the length of the prison sentence, 6 to 36 months, as ...

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Statute of Limitations over Illegal Wire-Tapping Expire for Mijalkov and Others

As a result of the Criminal Code changes, the statute of limitations over illegal wire- tapping in the Target-Fortress case have expired for ex-secret police chief Saso Mijalkov, former intelligence agent Goran Grujevski, who’s at large, Nadica Nikolic, Vladimir Varelov, Marijan Sumulikoski, and Vasil Isakovski. The costs of the carrying out of the criminal process will be covered by the ...

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Court Administration Members Organise New Protest

Court administration members staged a new protest on Tuesday. They reiterated their demands: a salary increase of 78% (a raise identical to the one officials received) and reintroduction of the supplements of 35%. If their demands fall on deaf ears, they will block the whole court system. They also insisted on a meeting with PM Dimitar Kovacevski to present their ...

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Experts Voice Stands on Amnesty Law

Constitutional law professor Svetomir Skaric says that though the amnesty process is needed and prisons are overcrowded, constitutional and criminal law suffer because Parliament enters the judicial power. His stand is that such laws destroy the judiciary. Academician Vlado Kambovski agrees that prisons in North Macedonia are below international standards. However, he adds that it should be examined whether the ...

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Bytyqi Announces Law to Change Legislation concerning Salaries of Officials

In an interview with 24 TV on Monday, Deputy PM Fatmir Bytyqi announced a law to change the legislation concerning salaries of officials. As he explained, the goal is to adopt a more just law that would free funds that will be intended for anti-crisis measures for the most vulnerable categories. The decision was made after the Government had made ...

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