There is no magic for the problem with private carriers, the councilors and Arsovska fought all day and did not solve anything

Protest of private bus operators / Photo: Sloboden pechat/Metodi Zdraev

And in the continuation of the 19th session of the Council of the City of Skopje dedicated to council issues this afternoon, regarding the problems with private bus carriers, no solution was reached again. The session was marked by accusations between the councilors of the City Assembly, especially from the councilors of the coalition led by VMRO-DPMNE, with the Mayor of the City of Skopje, Danela Arsovska and with the director of the Public Transport Company, Aleksandar Stojkovski.

In addition to Arsovska's claim and acting the director of JSP, Stojkovski, said no debt to private carriers, that all invoices have been paid and that there was abuse around the sale of tickets, the councilors claimed that there is an outstanding debt of 90 million denars from JSP to the private carriers and demanded an answer when that money will be paid.

- In the period since my arrival, until this day, all their invoices have been paid by me. The debt that JSP has towards private carriers is their current claim. If they think that the deadlines have been breached, they should file a lawsuit, Stojkovski pointed out.

According to him, the contracts with the private carriers remain the same, as they were before.

At the same meeting, Mayor Arsovska announced that there will be a new public call for private bus carriers, with the aim, as she said, "that those who want to work, can make an honest living".

- There are contractual obligations, someone does not respect those obligations, someone stopped driving in the interest of the citizens. Contracts are terminated. There will be a new public call, all those who meet the conditions that will be set in that public call will apply and will be able to carry out their activities honestly, said Arsovska.

She added that she supports the right to protest, but, as she said, if they were not paid, there should have been a warning before a lawsuit, and then a lawsuit, and that, according to Arsovska, this is a contractual relationship.

On the other hand, the adviser from the ranks of VMRO-DPMNE, Stefan Andonovski, claimed that if JSP does not pay the private carriers, the debt of almost two million euros will increase after the court process.

He asked why 90 million denars owed to the two private carriers have not been paid until now, and when this money will be paid, as well as if the private carriers sue the JSP, then the debt, which at the moment is the largest in history, reaches almost 2 million euros, will have to the enterprise to pay both penalties and court fines.

Blockade at the crossroads at the "Mavrovka" shopping center, i.e. between the boulevards "Goce Delchev" and "Krste Petkov Misirkov" is still going on and, according to the statements that the representatives of "Makexpress" and "Sloboda prevoz" gave this morning about MIA, they will continue tomorrow, that is, until their requirements.

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