DAILY BRIEF February 4: Antidiscrimination commission, Mickoski’s unserious proposals, Drisla, Ohrid, cyber-attacks …

NEWS OF THE DAY: The new MPs will decide on the Anti-Corruption Commission

Even though it was on the agenda, the Parliamentary Committee on Elections and Appointment today again decided not to discuss the election of the new members of the Commission for Prevention and Protection Against Corruption. The session was interrupted before the discussion was opened on this item.

MP Ivana Tufegdzik requested from the President of the Committee, Ilija Dimovski, to have a discussion organized as early as this week and for the members to be elected. Tufegdzik said that this issue is important and that it should not depend on the elections. FLASH: Why doesn’t the Commission for protection against discrimination reform itself?

Xhabir Deralla: The soldiers of Gruevism can’t imagine the existence of a real state body for protection against discrimination, only one for their own protection.

POLITICALLY OK CORRAL: Mickoski’s unserious proposals on the law on public prosecutors

Mickoski continues to block the adoption of the Law on PPO, which is a crucial part of the reforms in the judiciary, which, on the other hand, is one of the main conditions for the start of the negotiations with the EU. Misckoski demands that a team of legal experts draft the Law, while the Ministry of Justice says that such a demand from Mickoski is unserious, as the same Law has been drafted for more than two years, and a year has passed since negotiations have started on this legal solution.


The Parliamentary Committee on Elections and Appointment today confirmed the proposal for Оrhan Ademi to be the new Deputy Auditor General of the State Audit Office. Arben Isaku is proposed for a new member of the Council of Public Prosecutors.

Improperly treated medical waste in “Drisla” – Unprocessed medical waste has been treated in the Drisla landfill without abiding to the established protocol. The case was discovered in December by the Head of the Department of the Inspectorate of the City of Skopje, Miroslav Bogdanovski, who reacted professionally and responsibly, as he had received many complaints from citizens that something suspicious had been going on around the site of the firm for a long time, that unpleasant smell had been spreading and that the waste was not treated properly. The City Inspectorate has informed the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

President Pendarovski in an official visit to Poland – With highest state and military honors, President Stevo Pendarovski started his official visit to Poland. He was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda. Pendarovski said that he expects for the Spanish Parliament to ratify the NATO Accession Protocol for our country by the end of next month.

The Social Work Centers are functioning without any obstacles – Technical Minister of Labour and Social Policy Rashela Mizrahi, with today’s press conference once again confirmed that she is working against the interests of the citizens, continuing to spread untruths and propaganda about an alleged non-functioning of the Social Work Centers. The citizens should know the truth, and that being that the Social Work Centers are functioning without any obstacles and all reforms that have been carried out recently are only to the benefit of the beneficiaries of rights and services, is said in the reaction from the Cabinet of Additional Deputy Minister Sanela Shkrijelj in regards to the claims that pressure is put on employees and leaderships of the Social Work Centers.


Panel discussion on Internet media cyber-attacks, Thursday, February 6

CIVIL is organizing a panel discussion on the topic “Cyber-attacks – a pre-election weapon” where cyber-attacks targeting the internet media will be discussed. At the panel discussion, panellist speakers will share information and experiences on this topic, which is current in the world and in our country. The panel discussion will be held in Park Residence Hotel (behind the Football Stadium in City Park) on Thursday, February 6, 2020, starting at 12 noon.

The direct reason for this topic are the more frequent cyber-attacks on the Internet media during the pre-election period. Among the targets of cyber-attacks are also Free press (Sloboden pecat), CIVIL MEDIA, as well as many other Internet media.

What are cyber-attacks? How do they affect the work of the media, what kind of commercial, media and political implications do they have and how are they used as a pre-election “weapon”? are some of the questions that will be discussed by our panellists.

As always, the event is open for the public, and the panel discussion is an opportunity for direct involvement with comments, insights and experiences with cyber-attacks.

“Civic Lenses” Seminar in Strumica, Saturday, February 8 CIVIL continues with the series of seminars, this time in the South-Eastern region. The one-day seminar “Civic Lenses: Transparency and responsibility in the political processes” will be held on February 8 in Strumica, at Hotel Esperanto. Citizens from the municipalities of Strumica, Vasilevo, Bosilevo, Novo Selo, Konce, Valandovo, Dojran, Bogdanci and Gevgelia will have the right to participate in the seminar in Strumica.


“As it seems, VMRO-DPMNE will again be on the losing side in this dramatic “Battle of Neretva” in the effort to disable the healing of the “severely wounded” rule of law in Macedonia”, writes Saso Ordanoski in his column Another lost “Battle of Neretva”? Zoran Ivanov in his column ”Now everyone go to the elections” writes: Certainly we will go to the elections. And not only that. But the Macedonian democratic public will have to win. It will have to crush all anti-Macedonian forces personified in all anti-integration propagandists. And all sowers of murkiness who are manipulating with the identity and all those who are practically conspiring the return of FYROM.

Angela Petrovska

In cooperation with: Biljana Jordanovska, Saso ordanoski, Zoran Ivanov and Xhabir Deralla

Translation: N.Cvetkovska

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