Evident reforms of the Ministry of Justice in line with the requirements of the EU and the NATO  



The two-day visit  to the Republic of Macedonia, includes the senior NATO and EC officials,  NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy - PASP , Alejandro Alvargonzález,  the Deputy Director General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission, Maciej Popovski and Mr. Samuel Zbogar, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union.

The reform processes implemented by the current Government for the integration of the Republic of Macedonia into the Alliance and the start of negotiations with the EU, are topics of discussion with the highest state officials in the Republic of Macedonia. In this context, the agenda of the high international representatives also included a meeting with the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Macedonia, Bilen Saliji, as the head of the one of the most sensitive departments that has a decisive role in these processes.

During the meeting with the high representatives of the NATO and the European Commission, Minister Salji presented some of the reforms and initiatives of the Ministry of Justice that contribute to this important process for the the Republic of Macedonia and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Initially, Minister Saliji thanked senior European officials  on their support and said that he was prepared on behalf of the institution that he is the head of ,  to meet the  EU requirements for creating a legal system in accordance with the European standards. He also listed concrete initiatives of the Ministry of Justice in this regard.

The meeting that took place today at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Skopje, with the representatives of this department, and it continued in the spirit of cooperation and readiness to contribute in a concrete and direct way to the entire process of the  NATO and the EU membership.

 Minister Saliji also briefed the specific initiatives of the Ministry of Justice in this direction, where he noted, among other things, that one of the key reforms in the past period is the Judicial Reform Strategy with the Action Plan 2017-2022, which includes measures and activities for establishing an independent, trusted and professional judicial system in the Republic of Macedonia.

Also, the Law on Cessation of the Law on the Council for Establishing the Facts and initiating a procedure for determining disciplinary responsibility for a judge,  was adopted.

As other important points, the Minister of Justice, Bilen Saliji, also outlined the Draft Law Amending  the Law on the Judicial Council of the Republic of Macedonia,  the preparation of the Draft-Law on Amending the Law on Witness Protection; the first part of the supervision over the functioning of the ACMIS system was completed in the Basic Court Skopje 1, Skopje, at the Court of Appeal Skopje and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia, where a report was prepared with definitive conclusions on possible abuses; adoption of the Law on Amending the Law on Protection of Whistleblowers, in accordance with the recommendations of the Venice Commission; the approval process also includes the Draft Law on Free Legal Aid, which has enabled and promoted the right of individuals to have access to justice and fair court protection, providing financial support from the state; аt the same time, the Strategy for Information and Communication Technology in the Judiciary was adopted.

Minister Salji said, inter alia, that " Changes in the field of criminal legislation are in the final phase,  the amendments to the Criminal Code cover several key areas, the most important of which are: hate crime, impunity for the victims, introduction of a new criminal offense "violation of justice ",  setting new provisions for determining penalties, etc.".

 Also, Minister Saljii informed the attendees that in the parliamentary procedure there are also the amendments to the Law on Criminal Procedure, which regulate the special investigative measures in accordance with the recommendations given in the Priebe reports.

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