VMRO-DPMNE called out the ruling SDSM party for failing to improve the plight of the half a million Macedonians who live below the poverty line. SDSM refused a series of welfare reform bills VMRO proposed in order to help reduce the poverty rate in Macedonia.

SDSM refused our proposal to expand the 1.000 denars in fuel assistance over the entire calendar year. A proposal to increase the assistance for deaf people was also rejected. Funds provided for unemployed mothers of four are being cut. All this shows that the Government has given up on the care of the most vulnerable citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE said in a press release.