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VMRO-DPMNE calls on SDSM to end the negative campaign against foreign manufacturing companies operating in Macedonia


Hristijan Delev from VMRO-DPMNE accused the SDSM led Government of lacking any concept of bringing foreign investment in Macedonia. Delev, a former Deputy Economy Minister, responded to the press conference of Government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski on Wednesday, who was critical of the cost of the FDI policies which the VMRO-DPMNE led Government introduced since 2006. While Bosnjakovski claimed that the cost of bringing in a  number of foreign manufacturing companies in Macedonia amounted to 225 million EUR, Delev said that the true figure was 25 million EUR spent on promotion of Macedonia and setting up the free industrial zones, and this created 25.000 direct jobs and countless indirect jobs.

“SDS and the Government are incapable of even calculating the state support that was given and in their fuzzy math they add in the salaries for Government employees, cost of building the free industrial zones and even the value added tax, which should be reimbursed anyway. Kicking the foreign investors out of Macedonia will only benefit the SDS tycoons. Kicking the foreign investors will lower the average salary. This self-defeating policy of SDS must end. If this madness continues, Macedonia is in for an economic collapse worse than the criminal privatization of the state owned companies”, said Delev. VMRO-DPMNE has warned that dozens of companies who were strongly interested to invest in Macedonia are giving up after the new, SDSM led Government took over, and that some of those currently in the country are looking for other options, after SDSM decided to publish their confidentially signed contracts and began a campaign criticizing the support they received.

Delev said that under VMRO-DPMNE, the average salary gew from 12.000 denars (200 EUR) in 2006 to 22.000 denars (360 EUR) in 2016, which he credited to the newly opened manufacturing plants, which also helped bring down the unemployment rate from 37 percent in 2005, when SDSM was in office, to 22 percent. Delev reminded the public that the average wage recorded a rare drop under the SDSM Government, of 0,7 percent.

According to Delev, SDSM spent 340 million EUR in new debt in its first 100 days in office, and in the meantime was unable to bring in a single new investment. He called on the Government to end its negative campaign against the manufacturing companies operating in the free industrial zones and to instead inform the public about the subsidies received by the electricity producing companies owned by Deputy Prime Minister Koco Angjusev.