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DAILY BRIEF February 26: European story, memories, accusations and fight against discrimination

Fifteen years from the death of President Boris Trajkovski

On the occasion of marking 15 years from the tragic death of former President Boris Trajkovski, a Parliamentary delegation led by Talat Xhaferi today laid flowers at the Alley of Honor at the Butel Cemetery.

In addition to Xhaferi, the delegation included Vesel Memedi, Dalibor Bogdanovski, Zaklina Pesevska, Branko Manoilovski and Elizabeta Kancevska – Milevska.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, on the other hand, attended the Prayer Breakfast organized by the International Foundation “Boris Trajkovski”.

“He performed his duty as President of all citizens and also as Supreme Commander with a strong personal stamp, with a firm perseverance and commitment to the universal, highest ethical and human principles, in which he determinedly believed in, and in which he was deeply convinced that they are the best choice”, was part of Zaev’s address on the occasion of marking 15 years from the tragic death of Trajkovski.

President Boris Trajkovski and a delegation of eight people that were travelling to an International Conference in Mostar died in a plane crash on February 26, 2004.

Ruskoska gives up on following Veljanoski and Dimovski

The Head of the Prosecutor’s Office for organized crime, Vilma Ruskoska, stated that she will not request the police to follow Trajko Veljanoski and Ljupco Dimovski. Following the famous session at which the immunity of former President of Parliament Trajko Veljanoski was supposed to be revoked, but wasn’t revoked primarily because of absence of vote and later because the session was disrupted by President of Parliament Talat Xhaferi, Ruskoska stated that if Veljanoski and Dimovski do escape – “let the Parliament worry about that”.

Disciplinary procedures against 11 employees in the Shutka prison

Disciplinary procedures have been initiated for 11 persons in the prison “Skopje” in Shutka, where omissions have been found, some for disciplinary offences, and some for disciplinary irregularity, said Gjoko Koteski, Director of the Prison, and pointed out that his resignation and the report in regards to the incident of last Wednesday, where former ministers Spiro Ristovski and Mile Janakieski were attacked, have been submitted to the Government.

The report on the incident is sent also to the Minister of Justice, Renata Deskoska, who is to review it today, and also to the Directorate for Execution of Sanctions, Jovica Stojanovic.

Political advertisement

The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media will be conducting intensive monitoring of the media reporting during the election campaign for these presidential elections as well. We spoke with the Director of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media, Zoran Trajcevski, about the role of the media in the election cycles, the political advertising, the sanctions and the changes in the legal solutions that cover the media. He outlined that the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media is still in the position that the legal changes for paid political advertising to be financed by the Ministry of Finance are wrong and that it is not a practice in any of the European countries.

Security

“For our country, 2018 was a year of historical significance, a year when we finally resolved the dispute with the Republic of Greece. With the Prespa Agreement, and its ratification in the two countries, we closed a problem that existed for more than 25 years, and transformed it into a stable friendship, a move that should be an inspiration for all. Parallel to the political process, we worked hard on the key reform areas given by the European Council in June 2018, as a condition for an efficient start of the negotiations for EU membership in June 2019, and these reforms include reforms in the judiciary, reforms in the security and intelligence services, fight against crime and corruption and reforms in the public administration”, said the Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski in his introductory address at the ministerial conference within the framework of the Brdo Process that is being held today in Skopje.

Spasovski reflected on a series of recent reform activities within the framework of the Ministry of Interior, and which have the purpose of establishing and strengthening the professional standards, the rule of law and the functioning of a legal state.

Europan story

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, met with Deputy Minister for EU Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Matti Maasikas, who is on a working visit in the country.

“Estonia is a successful European story, a model from which North Macedonia is gaining important experiences, and whose continuous support has special significance for our European integrations”, highlighted Osmani.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, also met with Matti Maasikas. At the meeting they spoke about the Euro-Atlantic agenda of the Republic of North Macedonia, and the challenges of the EU enlargement process in the following several months.

Accusations DUI Coordinator Ejup Alimi yesterday in the show “Click Plus” on TV 21 was on the same line with his fellow party member Artan Grubi, and accused the coordinator of SDSM, Jovan Mitreski, that he had made an agreement with VMRO-DPMNE to save the immunity of Trajko Veljanovski.

Mitreski reacted that Ejup had made the story up and that not even he believes in those accusations.

“Ejup has made up a story that I (imagine together with the coordinator of DPMNE) have agreed for the immunity of Trajko Veljanoski not to be revoked….Well my Ejup, listen to what you are saying and do hurry to admit your lie, so that both the Albanians and Macedonians and all the others are not laughing at you”, writes Mitreski on his Facebook profile.

Discrimination

Seven networks of civil society organizations and 90 associations and foundations on Thursday, February 28, starting at 10 am will hold a conference for the media in front of the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia (the side entrance, on the side of the House of the Army).

Despite the numerous appeals and demands of civil society organization, part of the embassies and international organizations and institutions, the adoption of the law is blocked by certain MPs, while the Parliament as an institution has still not found a solution for this problem.

At the press conference, demands will be made for urgent adoption of the Law on Prevention of Discrimination.

А. Petrovska

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