VMRO-DPMNE calls institutions to boycott the Law on Languages, SDSM reacts

VMRO-DPMNE and the so-called  “Coalition for a Better Macedonia” urged central and local government institutions to ignore and boycott the law on languages. This party said that if these institutions face threats, VMRO-DPMNE will assist them through its legal team.

“VMRO–DPMNE calls on all central and local government institutions to boycott the application of this unconstitutional and harmful law. If officials in these institutions face threats, VMRO-DPMNE and its legal department are ready to assist them at any time,” said Nikola Micevski,  VMRO-DPMNE’s parliamentary group coordinator.

Micevski said that the law “on bilingualism” was unconstitutional. According to him, “this law has been unlawfully signed by parliamentary speaker Talat Xhaferi and published in the Official Gazette to the detriment of the Republic of Macedonia and to the detriment of the cohesion in the society. ”

Meanwhile, ruling party SDSM says that the Constitutional Court has no reason to abolish the law in question. “VMRO-DPMNE’s calls to block the law on languages ​​is destructive and has a damaging effect on society”, said SDSM.

At the moment, the government has not yet come up with an estimate of the financial implications that the implementation of the Law on the use of languages will have. This law was passed twice in Parliament, on the 11th of January and the 14th of March, last year, but the President of the country, Gjorge Ivanov refused to sign it, stating that it was against the constitution.