VIDEO INTERVIEW | Prof. Dr. Milka Dimitrovska: The Law on Restrictive Measures is being adopted hastily without transparency

Milka Dimitrovska/photo Sloboden Pechat/Slobodan Djuric

On the road to membership in the European Union for Macedonia, the opinion and policy of the USA is of particular importance, assesses Prof. Dr. Milka Dimitrovska, political scientist from the Institute for Sociological and Political-Legal Research (ISPPI). According to her, for the greater success and efficiency of our policy, it is important that there is a high level of rapprochement between the policies of the United States and the Union towards Macedonia.

- In my opinion, the American foreign policy and in general the policy towards Macedonia is much more consolidated compared to the Union. There are differences in the way politics is conducted between politicians and experts and the majority of citizens. American foreign policy is unidirectional and consistent, that is, it is not conditioned by the change of the political entity in Washington, while European policy depends on internal changes, constellations, movements, partnerships in the member states of the Union, said Dimitrovska in the morning broadcast of "Free press".

She also referred to the government's proposal for a law on restrictive measures after the United States blacklisted several Macedonian citizens.

- We are talking about the law on restrictive measures which is still in the proposal phase and for which I cannot pronounce as the experts from the judicial field did, and especially since it is a question of different view of the adoption of this legal solution from criminals and those who implement justice practice. I will not comment on specific measures proposed by the law, as others have done. Namely, we can talk about principles, politics and law. This law is an attempt by the Government to give an additional impulse to encourage the Public Prosecutor's Office to undertake criminal prosecution of certain important political figures from Macedonia. The law is based on and inspired by the US blacklist, and I respect their commitment to encourage the process of fighting corruption, said Dimitrovska for "Sloboden Pechat".

According to her, this kind of laws have an emphasized political component and must be taken, analyzed and interpreted from the established political perspective.

- There is a certain main dilemma, which is that such laws, where there is a high sensitivity between law and politics, must be interpreted in a specific way. It often happens that the legal norm that is adopted, if there is no political will for its implementation, is a "dead" norm. This law is passed in a hurry and the procedures for its writing are not clear and there is no transparency. With this law, the role of the Government in encouraging the Public Prosecutor's Office is not clear. If the role is strong, then there is a violation of the principle of separation of powers, adds Dimitrovska.

See more of the interview with Dimitrovska in the video below.

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