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Zaev: MPs to determine NATO and EU future of citizens

Session of the Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Issues regarding the Government’s motion for constitutional revision arising from the Prespa Agreement began on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who elaborated the Government’s motion, urged MPs to unite around the country’s strategic objectives.

He said experts have assessed the constitutional amendments as being in compliance with international standards.

“This initiative is launched in line with the laws and institutional procedures,” said PM Zaev and added that MPs are the ones who determine the citizens’ NATO and EU future.

He said that deputies should act according to their own will, noting “now is the time for all those who favor NATO and EU accession to support the amendments.”

VMRO-DPMNE MPs attend the committee debate, which is scheduled to last for ten days at most.

The procedure for constitutional amendments would develop in three stages. In the first, the Parliament is set to adopt, by a two-thirds majority, a decision over the procedure for constitutional changes. The draft-amendments are to be defined during the second, while the third and final stage involves their adoption by at least 80 MPs.

The plenary session over the motion for constitutional revision is scheduled for Monday.