President Pendarovski signs Decrees on 18 laws

23 May 2019 | Press Releases

The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, signed the Decrees for the proclamation of 18 laws, which were not signed by President Ivanov.

Among the signed are the Decrees for the proclamation of the Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination, the Law on Free Legal Aid, the Law on Free Access to Public Information, the Law on the Judicial Council of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Law Amending the Law on the Service in the Army of the Republic Macedonia, the Law on Termination of Pregnancy, the Law Amending the Law on Subsidizing Housing Loan.

The implementation of these laws brings many benefits and the legal solutions are essential for the interests of the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia.

The Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination provides for the principle of equality and prevention and protection against discrimination in the exercise of human rights and freedoms. The law protects persons with disabilities and introduces gender identity and sexual orientation as a basis for protection against discrimination.

The Law on Free Legal Aid promotes the right of individuals to access justice and fair judicial protection, and the adoption foresees harmonization with the European Union legislation.

The Law on Free Access to Public Information facilitates the exercise of the right of natural and legal persons for free access to information and the system for free access to public information is reformed.

By amending the Law on Service in the Army of the Republic of Macedonia, civilian personnel for service in the Army is enabled without announcing a public announcement, from among the professional soldiers, whose service in the Army has been terminated because of 45 years of age.

The Law on the Judicial Council is a reform law, fully compliant with the recommendations of the Venice Commission, with GRECO and with the evaluation mission of TAIEX for training of judges and public prosecutors.

The Law on Termination of Pregnancy removes the existing administrative procedures and barriers for the implementation of the procedure for safe termination of pregnancy.

The amendments to the Law on Subsidizing Housing Loans will help young people solve the housing issue faster and easier. Interest rates for subsidized housing loans are reduced, an opportunity for more favorable subsidized housing loans for buying apartment for young people up to and over 35 years old, as well as favorable subsidies for building and buying house is foreseen.

President Pendarovski signed the Decrees for the proclamation of the following laws:

– Law on Free Legal Aid,

– Law Amending the Law on Health Care,

– Law on Inspection Supervision,

– Law on Free Access to Public Information,

– Law on the Judicial Council of the Republic of North Macedonia,

– Law on Ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and the Government of Romania on Cooperation in the Field of Education, Science, Culture, Mass Media, Youth and Sports,

– Law Amending the Law on Subsidizing Housing Loan,

– Law on Borrowing a Loan by the Republic of Macedonia with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – World Bank under the Loan Agreement for Financing the Trade Facilitation and Transport Project in the Western Balkans,

– Law Amending the Law on Service in the Army of the Republic of Macedonia,

– Law amending the Law on Use and Disposal of State-Owned Property and Municipal Property,

– Law Amending the Law on Banks,

– Law Amending the Law on Insurance Supervision,

– Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination,

– Law on Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (revised),

– Law Amending the Law on Mandatory Reserves of Oil and Oil Derivatives,

– Law Amending the Law on the Red Cross of the Republic of Macedonia,

– Law on Termination of Pregnancy,

– Law on Electronic Documents, Electronic Identification and Confidential Services.

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