State of the environment is a highly significant issue particularly in days when air pollution is high in almost all cities across the country, NGO sector said, noting that “we are failing to address other environment-related spheres, not just air pollution”.
The civil society associations (CSOs) say the situation corresponds to Chapter 27 of the 2019 European Commission Report, which notes limited progress in further harmonizing some environment-related laws and practices.
“North Macedonia has made limited progress in further harmonizing its policies and laws in the water, nature protection and waste management sectors with EU rules, while the alignment of the climate-related legal framework is still at an early stage, according to the European Commission’s latest report on the country’s alignment with the EU acquis, specifically the sections on chapters 15 and 27, which deal with the energy and environment, respectively.”
Macedonian CSOs stress the right to a healthy environment is a constitutionally guaranteed right for all citizens, the exercise of which involves many stakeholders – competent inspectorates, public prosecutors, ombudsman, courts, authorities, and civil society organizations. The CSOs should be an integral part of the process of access to environmental justice, and their main purpose is to raise public awareness and pile pressure on competent authorities throughout the course of judicial proceedings.
In this context, a Panel Discussion: Promoting Change through Environmental Justice will be held Skopje September 30 at Public Room – Center for Design and Innovation, Skopje. The event is in the framework of a project Equal Access to Effective Justice – EuropeAid / 159467 / ID / ACT / MK, Strengthening the impact of the civil society in effective justice sector reforms. The project is implemented by CSO Florozon – Center for Environmental Democracy, in partnership with the Environmental Law and Management Association EMLA – Hungary.
Keynote speakers will include the main stakeholders in the process of achieving environmental justice: Natasa Damjanovska Gaber of the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors, Ana Petrovska of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Miroslav Bogdanovski of the Skopje City Inspectorate and others.
Arrest warrant issued for Spasov
Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.
Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.
The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.
The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.
The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.
Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today
The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.
Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.
The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.
In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.
US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans. In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.
Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron
We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.
“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.