“Transparency Macedonia” Campaign
Cards with provocative questions to the Government
Through free cards with provocative questions to the government, the civil society organization “Transparency Macedonia” tried to put pressure on the government to pass the law for approach to information. The citizens filled in cards on which there were question like: “Who got the tender for…?”; “How polluted is the air in…?”; Who got the job for…?”; “How much money was spent for…?”; etc. Within the one-day promotion of these cards, as part of the campaign for promotion of the law, the citizens of Skopje signed in a book, where they left different various messages to the politicians. . The cards will be sent to the ministers in the government and the politicians at the Parliament. After 35 years, spent in Paris, Branko Kodrik returned to Macedonia. He was amongst the crowd of people who were completing the cards. “I would advice Muratovski to pay more attention to the workers, since, if we are striving for Europe, we need to have certain standards, to improve the employment of each citizen, and every student to have access to the books. Now, the politicians work in “codes” which the ordinary people don’t understand”, says Kodrik. “Personally, I liked most the question about how much money were spent on….That is what I would ask the politicians, since the people see their existence through the prism of money. An initiative like this, with cards should exist everywhere, in all towns, so that people could speak their worries”, said the pensioner, Milos Bogoev. Similar was the opinion of Nedzat Rahman, who works at the construction company “Beton”. “In the media, we hear what the government is doing while the people can’t meet their basic needs. He politicians just come and go, leaving our problems behind. All that the ministers do, do for themselves, and not for us. Who will help me, with my poor salary of only 6,000 denars?”, asked Rahman. Among other things, he would also ask the mayor of Gazi Baba where he spends the people’s money and what he does to improve the condition of air.
Zoran Jacev from “Transparency Macedonia” publicly asked the Government why is the passing of Law for approach to information late. “If for certain laws, we say that it was passed at five minutes to twelve, than for this one, the time has long gone”, said Jacev. He added that although the law has undergone all the filters in the procedures, it has not been addressed the Parliament yet. The “Transparency Macedonia” representatives are not satisfied with the Government’s move, which had previously returned the Law with the explanation that it needs to be finished (completed), the remark being the part which calls for establishing a special commission that will monitor the implementation of the Law. “If the Law is not entitled, than what is the reason for its existence”, wondered Jacev.