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DAILY BRIEF October 22: Appropriate period for census, inclusive education, compensation for 1.000 redundant workers, media literacy, a “Przino government” – absurd option …

An appropriate period for a census in 2020 to be determined

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Director of the State Statistical Office, Apostol Simovski, will hold a meeting next week to discuss about the new date for conducting the Population Census that is supposed to be held in April next year, but which is to be postponed due to the early parliamentary elections.

The Population Census was announced for April 2020, but due to the agreement reached at the leaders meeting for early elections to be held on April 12, this operation cannot take place at the originally planned date.

First meeting of the working group on developing the Concept of inclusive education

The working group that is supposed to develop the Concept of inclusive society, which emerged from the new Law on primary education, today held its first working meeting. Minister of Education and Science Arber Ademi and UNICEF Representative to the country Patrizia Di Giovanni both attended the meeting and stressed the importance of inclusion.

The Law on primary education that the Parliament passed in July, anticipates for students with special needs to be included in regular education and starting from the school year 2022-2023, for the special schools not to enroll students anymore. These schools will become primary schools with resource centers, which will help in implementing full inclusion in the regular schools.

Ministry of Education and Science: Around 200 first graders are not attending classes because of not being vaccinated.

Media Literacy Days

Under the motto “Stop, think, check!”, Media Literacy Days will take place starting from today until November 15, organized by the Media Literacy Network. With this, our country is joining the celebration of the eighth UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week

The Council of Media Ethics, within the framework of the Media Literacy Days, will organize an open session of the Complaints Commission, which will be held on October 25, starting at 11.00 am, at AAVMS, where complaints that have reached the Council of Media Ethics will be reviewed, the work of the Complaints Commission and the most frequent challenges that this body faces. On October 29, it will also organize a debate on the topic “Self-regulation in the media, situation, challenges and opportunities” at the Southeast European University in Tetovo, in the presence of citizens, representatives of the civic sector, the media and institutions.

FLASH NEWS

Minister of Economy Kresnik Bekteshi considers that the early elections will affect the economy, but announced that the Government will start to work actively on speeding up the realization of projects.

US Senate ratifies Protocol for NATO membership of North Macedonia.

Basic Criminal Court Skopje rejects as ungrounded the requests for termination of the detention of former Special Public Prosecutor Katica Janeva and of Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13, suspected in the “Racket” case.

Eco Guerilla: Municipalities often do not act upon reports of citizens regarding environmental unawareness.

MPs at a plenary session today considered a new Law on material security of persons unemployed due to privatization of enterprises with dominant state ownership, or “redundant workers”, which should enable around 1000 more redundant workers the right to compensation by the state.

CIVILIAN ACTIVITIES

CIVIL: If early elections are necessary, they should be held in December, a “Przino” government is an absurd option

Are early parliamentary elections necessary? Do “snap elections” mean waiting half a year? What problems does the electoral system face? Do the institutions have the capacity to carry out a quality election process, with maximum respect for the right to vote? Is there time to make changes to the Electoral Code, with which the electoral process will be improved? What are the basic questions in relation to the functioning of political parties in the electoral context? How justified is the “Przino” government in these conditions?, were questions to which CIVIL gave a reply to at today’s press conference on the decision for early parliamentary elections.

Bacovska: Politicized society and impunity is a reason for hate speech!

“For a highly politicized society as ours, a society in transition that is full of problems of every nature, whether being economic, political or interethnic tensions, we can say that it is even normal for there to be such occurrences such as intolerance and hate speech. The situation is even worse when nowadays everyone can say anything they want on the social networks without any responsibility at all”, says Professor Jasna Bacovska Nedik, in response to CIVIL Media’s question on where there is most often hate speech.

OPINION

From a corner, Zoran Ivanov: Macron created a super setting for thugs, and made a super vacuum for the Macedonian justice.

Biljana Jordanovska
in cooperation with: Angela Petrovska, Dehran Muratov, Arian Mehmeti, Zoran Ivanov

Translation: Natasa Cvetkovska

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