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Zaev says he’s open to including opposition proposals in the Constitution amendments

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The Macedonian Government held the first of the five planned debates which will meet the requirement to hold “public discussions” on the proposed amendments to the Constitution. During the debate, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that he is open to some of he recommendations made by the eight former VMRO-DPMNE members of Parliament who supported opening the process and also said that Macedonia is in constant communication with Greece to consult on the text of the amendments.

Some of the proposals which Zaev said will be acceptable to him include the obligation that all implementation of the name change will be gradual, and will depend on Greece not blocking Macedonia’s EU integration. This is a proposal from representative Panco Minov, who opposed opening the process, but indicated he may support the final text.

Professor Vlado Popovski said that the Preamble of the Constitution should continue to include a reference to the Macedonian people, and also opposed the proposal to water down the reference to the 1944 ASNOM assembly, when Macedonia was constituted as a state.

Debates will also take place in the FON University, the Macedonian Academy, as well as in the Tetovo and Stip universities.