VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski demanded that the Government declares a state of emergency over the unprecedented levels of air pollution. The gray smog floating over Macedonia’s largest cities in the past weeks and especially days has panicked citizens and prompted the Government to prolong the winter school vacation for two days, but Mickoski says that is not nearly enough.
The problem is way too serious to be handled with the daily spins meant to distract the public from the issue. And the pale steps which are being undertaken only serve to mask up their incompetence. We have hospitals filled with sick children and elderly suffering from breathing problems. We are losing lives. The Government must act. We are talking about the health of two million citizens, Mickoski said in a video address.
While in opposition the now ruling SDSM party campaigned on the issue of winter time pollution promising that as soon as it forms the Government the skies will clear up. But, two years in its term in office, few specific steps were undertaken, except for the SDSM allied mayor of Kavadarci Mitko Jancev spraying an air pollution measuring station with water in an attempt to improve its readout.
I’m not trying to politicize the issue, but raise the alarm that it is past time for the institutions to begin tackling the problem with serious steps. They promised clean air, and we have a country which now ranks first, I repeat, FIRST in the world in air pollution. We need to declare a state of emergency to protect the health of our citizens. No more lies, like the ones we heard that their Government will clean the air up overnight. We must act because the situation is past serious, said Mickoski.