Zaev and Mickoski fail to agree over the SPO following six-hour long talks

The fate of the Special Prosecutor’s Office and the cases opened by this prosecution still remain uncertain. SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE leaders Zoran Zaev and Hristijan Mickoski following six-hour long talks failed to find a solution to the Law on Public Prosecutor’s Office, which should resolve the future status of the Special Prosecutor’s Office. The key difference between the two teams remains the fate of SPO cases.

Sources of the government’s negotiating team said that VMRO-DPMNE insisted SPO cases opened after June 30, 2017 to be abolished with the law. The government suggested setting up a new prosecution office for high-level corruption headed by a public prosecutor nominated by the opposition, backed by 61 lawmakers, who will be able to start proceedings if it is found that there is crime in the government as well. The opposition also demanded cases opened by SPO in first 18 months to be transferred to new office, demanding the possibility of expire, delay and disable their court endings.

The SPO’s term expires on September 15th. The new public prosecution law which is underway in Parliament should regulate the future status of SPO, but differences over the bill still remain between the government and the opposition.