Catching the last train for the SPO

After the two main political parties failed to reach an agreement on how to solve the status of the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office, which is a key condition for getting a date for starting the country’s EU accession talks, the head of the EU Delegation to Macedonia Samuel Zbogar joined the discussion.
He met yesterday with VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski and party vice president Aleksandar Nikoloski. According to an announcement by the opposition party, the meeting discussed the current political situation, the reforms related to the prosecution and the need for fair conditions for democratic elections.

VMRO-DPMNE leader Mickoski complained to Zbogar about the politicization of the justice system, which, according to him, served for the political persecution of the opponents of the government.

After two unsuccessful meetings, the working teams of the government and the opposition will today make a new attempt to reach agreement on the law on the public prosecutor’s office, in which the SPO is incorporated.

According to the initial deadlines, the law on public prosecution was to be passed by April 1, when the Assembly should be dissolved on the eve of the upcoming elections. However, the securing of the two-thirds majority goes hard, and the possibility of involving the international community in the talks is not ruled out.

However, if an agreement is reached tomorrow, there is a theoretical possibility that the law on the same day be put to the vote in the Assembly and provide agreement on the future status of the SLI. The securing of the majority for this law has become a difficult mission since some of the MPs who need to cast their vote, from the ranks of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE and from the ruling Democratic Party of DUI, are either charged or suspected in the investigations and cases of the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office.