EU ambassador demands wide consensus for constitutional changes in FYROM

EU ambassador demands wide consensus for constitutional changes in FYROM

Skopje, January 28, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

EU ambassador to Skopje, Aivo Orav, declared that wide consensus is needed for the constitutional changes in FYR Macedonia.

According to him, constitutional changes, which are a parliamentary procedure, must not be approved without consultation, due to their important nature.

“Constitutional changes which are this important, require wide political and social consensus. Although consultations have taken place, including international organizations, we see that these constitutional changes are being sent to parliament for voting at a time when the biggest opposition party is boycotting parliament. It’s important for these changes to come as a result of a wide and trusted debate which would include different political forces”, said EU ambassador Orav.

Constitutional changes are in the final phase of approval, but the majority comprised of VMRO-DPMNE and Democratic Union for Integration (BDI), are not securing the necessary votes, due to the refusal of three BDI MPs. On the other hand, the Albanian Democratic Party (PDSH) in opposition has made it clear that it will not vote these constitutional changes.

The definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, the renaming of the Popular Bank to the Bank of Macedonia, changes in the judicial council, are some of the proposed constitutional changes. /ibna/