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BILL ON FUTURE SPO STATUS TO BE PROVIDED TO PARLIAMENT TUESDAY.

The new text of the Public Prosecutor's Office bill under which the Special Prosecutor's Office (SPO) should become integrated into the Public Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime and Corruption will be provided to the Parliament for approval this week, very probably on Tuesday, state-run news agency MIA reports.

The debate on the new SPO has reached Parliament after the attempt at holding a leaders' meeting earlier, at which the Public Prosecutor's Office bill was to be tabled among other things, failed.

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski decided not to attend the leaders' meeting unless the issue of holding an early general election was also tabled at it. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev then held a press conference at which he announced what he would do next to ensure this law was passed as it is one of the conditions the country needs to meet to be set a date for opening membership negotiations in October.

Zaev said last week that the new text of the law incorporates many of the opposition's remarks. He also said that he proposed prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska as future chief of the new SPO. While the opposition VMRO-DPMNE agrees with the integration of the SPO in the public prosecutor's system, they disagree that this institution should be led by Ruskoska.

The new SPO will be called Public Prosecutor's Office for Organized Crime and High Corruption and will have jurisdiction on the whole territory of the country and guaranteed independence, which is identical to its present status, but will be subordinate to the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of North Macedonia.

All SPO prosecutors can continue working in the new prosecutor's office. Their terms end on 15 September but they have the right to reelection if they decide to apply for the posts again. The same goes for the other personnel. The archives and the entire equipment will also be moved to the new prosecutor's office, MIA reports.

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Date:Jul 22, 2019
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