Implementation of Laws between Macedonian, US Government

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A letter of compliance on  implementation of laws between the Macedonian and U.S. government was signed Thursday in Skopje. It establishes and provides support in further strengthening of the rule of law and in increasing public trust in the institutions of Macedonia’s legal system.

The letter was signed by Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, Justice Minister Blerim Bexheti and U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Paul Wohlers.

The document, Minister Jankuloska said, is a normative framework of a large and much needed project that is supported by the United States financially and institutionally.

“The document includes a series of concrete activities and tasks related to several segments of internal affairs and judiciary, which need to be conducted in the next couple of years in tackling organised crime and corruption,” she added.

The assistance, she added, involves proactive approach in the phase of investigating and effective criminal prosecution, determining the responsibility of perpetrators and their punishment as well as in advancing public security and good governance.

“The document signed today for the Macedonian police force means improved professionalism, while the benefit from its will be felt by the institutions and the entire society,” Jankuloska noted.

Minister of Justice Bexheti said the signing of the letter of compliance represented a continuation of the successful cooperation with the U.S.

The United States, Ambassador Wohlers stated, strongly supports the efforts of Macedonia to strengthen the rule of law. “They will bring Macedonia closer to NATO and EU membership, boost the number of jobs and attract more and more foreign investments.”

“The police, prosecutors and judges must be prepared to achieve success. They must master new skills, use new tools and acquire fresh knowledge. The legislator and other elected officials should be committed to the development of a legal framework for harmonising with European standards and international practices on providing equal access to transparent and timely justice,” Wohlers said.

The project envisages trainings, equipment, technical assistance and an expertise for the Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors, the Ministry of Justice, the public prosecutor’s office and judiciary.

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