The debate continues on the constitutional changes in North Macedonia, the condition for concretely starting the membership talks with the EU. The essence of the changes is the inclusion of Bulgarians in the preamble of the Constitution, "Deutsche Welle" reports.
The debate continues on the constitutional changes in North Macedonia, the condition for concretely starting the membership talks with the EU.
The essence of the changes is the inclusion of Bulgarians in the preamble of the Constitution, "Deutsche Welle" reports.
The condition for the constitutional changes established in the negotiating framework of North Macedonia with the EU, according to the so-called French proposal, for the full opening of the negotiation process, is being awaited with great curiosity in the Macedonian opinion.
The idea of the constitutional changes is to include the Bulgarians in the preamble of the Constitution of North Macedonia, without any obligation of reciprocity from the Bulgarian side for the recognition of the Macedonian minority in that country, Telegraph Macedonia reports.
The government proves that it does not possess and does not know how it will secure 2/3 of the necessary votes for constitutional changes.
Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski says that changing the highest legal act is the responsibility of every deputy.
The head of the government said that the country has opened the negotiations, but with the inclusion of the Bulgarians in the preamble, the chapters with the EU are officially opened.
"It is an obligation of every deputy, because they have an obligation to the citizens for the European future of the state and the citizens who live here.
This is why there is a discussion in the assembly, which should be based on arguments, facts and, above all, the perspective of the state.
"No political party dares to use these issues for narrow party interests," stressed Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski.
OBRM-PDUKM estimates that the prime minister has confirmed with his stance that there are no MPs who will betray Macedonian interests in favor of the demands of the Bulgarian minority.
"The offer for Kovacevski is open: If Kovacevski believes that he has a majority of 2/3 in the assembly to change the Constitution, then let him order and propose the changes.
If there is no majority, let him resign and Macedonia go to early elections", announced OBRM-PDUKM.
The President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, says that it is very difficult to achieve a two-thirds majority for constitutional changes in this parliamentary composition.
Pendarovski expressed his skepticism that the current opposition in the assembly has the disposition to vote for constitutional changes.
Pendarovski considers that the position of the opposition is imposed by the internal party logic.
According to him, in the documents signed so far with Bulgaria, there is no danger for Macedonian identity and language.
"My assessment is that it will be very difficult to reach two-thirds in this parliamentary composition, since as far as I can judge, the opposition in the Assembly of North Macedonia reads the agreement with Bulgaria, namely the negotiating framework with the EU, through the party dioptre", assesses the president Stevo Pendarovski.
The professor of constitutional law, Svetomir Shkariq, expresses doubts about the speed of the realization of the requested constitutional amendments, but also the efficiency of the solution that will follow.
"The fact that the opposition rushes and tells the government to present the proposal for constitutional amendments to the parliament, while saying that it will not vote for the amendments, is not a permanent solution that will overcome the challenge that has been put to North Macedonia as an initial condition of negotiations with the EU.
It is unclear what political development in North Macedonia will promote efforts to implement constitutional changes", says Professor Shkariq.
The possible non-voting of a proposal in the specific case of constitutional changes for the introduction of new minorities in the preamble (with a strong emphasis on the Bulgarians), is enough to evidence and legitimize the non-acceptance of the solutions imposed by the public on that issue, says the professor of of constitutional law at the Faculty of Law in Skopje, Tatjana Karakamisheva-Jovanovska.
"I do not believe that the government will open the procedure of constitutional changes in the parliament, until it is ensured that it has the necessary votes for their approval.
Despite the challenge sent by the opposition.
In addition, even if the procedure is opened, there are no deadlines for when it must be completed.
The only deadline that exists in the procedure for constitutional changes is related to the start and duration of the public hearing", Karakamisheva estimates./DW/