DAILY BRIEF December 2: Anticorruption Commission with annual plan for monitoring assets, authentic interpretation of Law on Pardoning on December 11, observing International Day of Persons with Disabilities…

State Commission for Protection of Corruption with Annual Plan for Monitoring Assets

The State Commission for Prevention of Corruption, according to the Law on Prevention of Corruption and Conflict of Interests, announced that it is adopting an Annual Plan for next year, for monitoring of assets and conflict of interests, based on a conducted analyses and assessment of the risks of corruption in certain areas, which is also the basis for the preparation of the National Strategy for Prevention of Corruption and Conflict of Interests. The SCPC informed that the preparation of the National Strategy based on the risk analyses is in progress.

“According to the determined risks in the mentioned analysis, the judiciary has been assessed as a pillar with a high risk of corruption and other influences, hence, holders of positions in this pillar (judges and public prosecutors) will be part of the Annual Plan for monitoring assets and conflict of interests for 2020”.

The annual plan will be determined and will be implemented based on the legal competencies, and in accordance with the available human and material – technical capacities of the State Commission.

Xhaferi: Session on authentic interpretation on December 11 at earliest

Talat Xhaferi

President of Parliament Talat Xhaferi today will submit a letter to the Government and to the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee with SDSM’s request for authentic interpretation of Article 11 of the Law on Pardoning.

Xhaferi stated that this would start the parliamentary procedure in regards to the request for authentic interpretation, but warns that even if ZKP and the Government’s opinion were to reach him in the shortest time, a plenary session can be scheduled only after the debate on the Budget of the Finance Committee ends, after December 11.

Dendias: Decision on negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania should not be delayed due to discussion on the methodology

The Greek Foreign Minister explains that it is also in the interest of Greece for the countries of the region to become part of the European family, and in regards to the possibility of VMRO-DPMNE to win the elections in our country, he outlines that Athens does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, but expects that no matter who is in power, for the Prespa Agreement to be fully implemented.

– We support France’s position on the need to reconsider and optimize the methodology of the integration process. However, the according discussion should not slow down the decision-making for the start of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. In relation to the possibility of VMRO-DPMNE winning the elections, I repeat that our country does not interfere in the internal affairs of the other countries. We expect our neighbour and soon to be NATO ally, the Republic of North Macedonia, unrelated of the governments, to fully and accurately implement the Prespa Agreement, says Dendias.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be observed in the Government

The national observation of International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be held today in the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

A concluding conference will be held within the framework of the event “Disability is a matter of perception”, which is carried out by the Media Diversity Institute London, the Macedonian Institute for Media and the National Council of Disability Organizations of Macedonia. The project is financed by the European Union.

CIVIL activities

On the occasion of December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities, CIVIL Media spoke with Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mila Carovska, who stressed that the MLSP and the Government are fully committed to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.

Carovska: Persons with disabilities for the first time have a personal and working assistant

“For the first time in our country, a right has been introduced regarding intellectual disability, and that is a supplement for persons with severe and most severe intellectual disability, which is about 8.000 denars. Until recently, there was no such right, and those citizens were left on the side-lines without any support. We have additionally increased the special supplement for children with disabilities by 20 percent. These are to say the financial transfers that we have increased. Moreover, parents of children with disabilities, firstly, do not have a limitation to what age they can use the right to shortened working hours, and secondly, the amount they receive from the state, if previously it was 4.700/900, we now have made it to be up to 50 percent of the average salary, and in some cases we even cover 50 percent more, that is, up to 100 percent of the salary in cases of lower salaries. This is a really big increase of the salary for this group of parents who have children with disabilities”, said among else Carovska in the interview for CIVIL Media.

Panel Discussion “Ramp”

CIVIL, on the occasion of International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3, is organizing a panel discussion titled “Ramp”, dedicated to the (un)acceptance of people with disabilities in society, as well to the processes for deinstitutionalization and access to services of institutions at the local and national level. The panel discussion will be held on December 3, in the Museum of the City of Skopje, starting at 12 noon.

Panellists on this exceptionally important topic are Petre Silegov, Mayor of the City of Skopje, Dusan Tomsic and Vangel Trkaljanov from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, Blagica Dimitrovska from the Association for Promotion and Development of Inclusive Society “Inkluziva”, Kumanovo, Sandra Pesevska Mickovska, activist for rights of persons with special needs and Xhabir Deralla, CIVIL.

This year, CIVIL is celebrating 20 years since its founding, a time filled with a sincere and dedicated fight for human rights and freedoms. Namely, CIVIL’s first project and public event 20 years ago was related precisely to human rights of people with disabilities, as well as with setting the first access ramp in a public institution, and that was the Museum of the City of Skopje.


Today in CIVIL Media’s column Opinion you can read:

Good morning with Ordanoski: The general stench of burning waste

In the latest issue of the weekly “Focus”, I read a very interesting text by the spokesperson of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, colleague Naum Stoilkovski. In the text, he expounds – probably rightly – the idea of the Municipality of Negotino “to burn poisonous foreign waste” at the landfill that is being prepared to be built ten kilometres from the city, in the direction of Krivolak. In the text, to be short, Stoilkovski implies that highly-polluting forbidden waste will be burned, which would be imported also from Italy, and behind which stands a well-known and internationally documented channel of the great Italian mafia with waste (a certain Pine Cesura and Sergio Goca), which on the European continent have been persecuted by the police or suspected in several countries (Italy, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, and etc.). Such waste, among else, says Stoilkovski, is being burnt in TEC “Brikel” in Galabovo, in neighbouring Bulgaria.

Thirty years in the encyclopaedia of the dead by Milan Banov

“These days, when three decades have passed since the death of legendary Danilo Kiš, and when, as He would have said, the years have created “a bitter coating of experience”, not just on an occasion, I again ask myself the question: why do I never manage to release myself from him and why through the many-year hourglass, through that sandglass of time, not a single memory of his presence goes away? Or, why doesn’t a day go by in which I don’t turn the encyclopaedia of the dead to once again find him in a modern attic-room where, here I see him, with a thick Borghese brush cleaning its unhealthy environment. And yes, why do I like Kiš and why, with certain reductions and quite minor interventions, I keep going back to something that has been written ten years ago”.


The Daily Brief was prepared by Diana Tahiri in cooperation with Angela Petrovska, Dehran Muratov, Biljana Jordanovska, Маја Ivanovska, Saso Ordanoski and Milan Banov.

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