Zaev again urges Ivanov to sign controversial language law


Prime Minister Zoran Zaev again urged Tuesday President Gjorge Ivanov to sign the controversial Law on the Use of Languages and "enable the continual functionality of democracy in the society".

PM Zaev told reporters at the sidelines of a conference of Network 23+ that he tried to motivate President Ivanov at several meetings to sign the language, because the Parliament is otherwise blocked.

"He is sending a message that the President can decide whenever he wants and for whatever law to use the so-called 'pocket veto'. This is not a functional democracy. The responsibility is too big," added Zaev.

He said competent institutions such as the Constitutional Court should be consulted, but also the Venice Commission.

"The Constitutional Court says what is constitutional and what is not. If there is something problematic, it can be changed," said Zaev and added that if certain laws aim to increase certain rights, then the country can facilitate its EU accession process.

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