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Parliament takes a break as VMRO-DPMNE asks SDSM to support their proposals

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Macedonian Parliament began its 12th session on Monday, but quickly withdrew for a break, in order to allow the parties to try and reach an agreement which of the number laws to support across partisan lines.

Antonio Miloshoski from VMRO-DPMNE asked for the half an hour break, saying that it would allow representatives from SDSM to reach a decision among themselves and support at least of the two laws which VMRO-DPMNE is putting forward. These include a proposal to increase salaries of public sector workers by 5 percent and to issue vouchers to university students who would be able to use them to buy computers, tablets and other IT equipment.

SDSM proposed three laws – an increase of the minimum wage to 200 EUR, a 130 EUR monthly payment to about 3.000 former workers fired from state owned companies, and the abolishment of the public broadcasting fee. VMRO-DPMNE indicated that they will most probably support all three proposals, but also ask SDSM to support at least one of their two main proposals, which can’t be adopted without the support of SDSM or other representatives from the ruling majority parties.

“We said we will not make any problems about your three laws, but we also have two important proposals, which are of importance to all the citizens. We ask that the constructive approach on the part of the opposition is answered with support for at least one of these two proposals. Both will be implemented beginning in 2018 and will have no implications on the current budget”, said Miloshoski.