At today’s 43rd session, the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia adopted a decision to completely remove the ban on movement for all persons with disabilities with companions. In order to exercise this right, special permits will not be issued for these persons and it will be sufficient for them to have a medical note that they will have to present to the police officers if needed.
At this session, the Government reviewed and adopted Information on the course of preparation of the North Macedonia Emergency COVID-19 Response Project.
Beneficiaries of the project will be the entire population taking into account the nature of the disease, infected people, the population at risk, especially the elderly and people with chronic diseases, medical staff, medical institutions and testing institutions, as well as public health institutions engaged in dealing with COVID – 19 in the Republic of North Macedonia. People who need alleviation of the social influence (social protection) will also be included as beneficiaries.
The Government has assigned the Ministry of Finance to prepare and submit to the World Bank the Application for selection of conditions for securing a loan from the World Bank for the Emergency COVID-19 Response Project
At today’s session, Decree with force of law was adopted to supplement the Decree with force of law for application of the Law on Road Transport during the state of emergency, which stipulates that when performing public transport of passengers, during the state of emergency, the carrier in the vehicle is obliged to organize the transport with the obligatory maintenance of a distance of at least two meters between the passengers and there can be a maximum of 50% of passengers from the total number of seats, not counting the driver’s seat.
The Decree stipulates that a fine in the amount of 250 euros in denar counter-value will be imposed on a natural person for a misdemeanor if he performs transport of passengers contrary to this Decree with force of law, while a fine in the amount of 500 euros in denar counter-value will be imposed for a misdemeanor, on a natural person-sole trader and legal entity if it performs transport of passengers contrary to Article 3-a of this Decree with force of law. The responsible person in the legal entity will be imposed a fine in the amount of 150 euros in denar counter value, the Decree stipulates.
Today, the Government adopted an Decree with force of law for application of the Law on Trade during the state of emergency for establishing order and discipline at the entrance and inside the facilities in which trade is performed in retail stores, grocery stores, markets, bakeries and the like ( hereinafter: facilities), during the state of emergency.
According to this Decree, the trader is obliged to provide a security service at the entrance and inside the building, in order to maintain the minimum required distance between the persons in front of and in the building and to ensure the implementation of hand disinfection when entering the building.
The Decree stipulates that the trader is obliged to place appropriate signs to mark the direction of movement and observance of the minimum required distance while waiting in line in front of and in the building. The signs are placed at a distance of two meters in front of each cash register and in front of the entrance to the building.
At the proposal of the Ministry of Economy, the Government adopted the Decree with force of law for application of the provisions of the Law on Mineral Resources.
The Decree has been adopted in order to delay the application of certain provisions of the Law on Mineral Resources during the state of emergency caused by the epidemic caused by the virus COVID-19, aiming to create conditions for smooth continuation of work after the end of the state of emergency without the concessionaires previously having implications for the granted concessions due to the inability to fulfill specific obligations under the Law on Mineral Resources.
The purpose of adopting the Draft Decree is to prolong the legal deadlines foreseen by the Law on Mineral Resources, and the failure to fulfill them may be a reason for unilateral termination of the granted concession, as well as of provisions for which the obligations arising from them cannot be realized during the state of emergency.
At today’s session, a Decree was adopted with force of law for the application of the Law on Donations and Sponsorships in public activities.
The adoption of this Decree is aimed at simplifying and shortening the procedure for recording, accountability and control, in the area of protection of the public interest, in case of donations whose aim is to support health in order to resolve the situation caused on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia by the coronavirus COVID-19.
Namely, in accordance with Article 21 paragraph 1 of the Law on Donations and Sponsorships in Public Activities, at the request for confirmation of public interest submitted by the donor or recipient of the donation, the Ministry of Justice issues a decision confirming the public interest of the donation or sponsorship.
This Decree with force of law proposes granting donation to the Ministry of Health, as a recipient of the donation whose aim is to support the health in order to resolve the situation caused on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia by the coronavirus COVID-19, to be considered a donation of public interest in accordance with this law, for which a procedure for confirmation of public interest is not conducted.
The Ministry of Justice proposed, and the Government adopted a Decree with force of law amending the Decree with force of law for the application of the Law on Enforcement during the state of emergency.
The adoption of this Decree is aimed at amending the Decree with force of law for application of the Law on Enforcement during the state of emergency (“Official Gazette of the Republic of North Macedonia” No. 86/20) of 1.04.2020 which regulates the application of the Law on Enforcement in the part of the exceptions for actions of the enforcement agents in conditions of state of emergency.
The proposed Decree with force of law creates a system and opportunity for individual release of each individual account of the debtors, by the enforcement agents in order to fully use the funds from their salaries, pensions, but also any type of assistance that is approved in these state of emergency conditions of COVID-19 pandemic. The entire process will take place electronically in accordance with the measures and recommendations of the Government’s protective measures.
The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia reviewed and adopted the Information on the Application of the Law on interest write-off and reprogramming of debts and expenses of natural persons.
In conclusion, the Government assigned the General Secretariat to call on all state bodies, state administration bodies, organizations established by law, municipal bodies, the City of Skopje or municipalities in the City of Skopje, as well as public enterprises in state or public ownership, which are determined as creditors in the enforcement documents that are given for execution before the enforcement agents until 31.12.2017, to intensify the activities for writing off the interests and for reprogramming the debts in accordance with the law, given that the deadline for that expires on 18.05.2020 and to notify the enforcement agents within the legally prescribed deadline about the specified enforcement requests.
Today, the Government adopted the Decree with force of law amending the Decree with force of law for application of the Law on Child Protection during the state of emergency, in order for the right to special allowance realized based on the issued findings, assessments and opinions by an appropriate professional body, in which a control inspection is recommended, i.e. revision – control or re-categorization during the state of emergency, to be extended during the state of emergency, as well as two months from the day of termination of the state of emergency, in conditions of daily tightening of the government measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the country (COVID-19), which restricts the normal movement of citizens and the functioning of the real sector.