- Thursday, April 05, 2018 8:28 PM
Skopje, 5 April 2018 (MIA) - Macedonia needs a strong, independent and professional judicial branch that won't yield to any pressure by the government, Parliament, political centers or any other center of political power, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Thursday at a conference organized by the Association of Judges, with supported provided by the Skopje OSCE Mission, to mark the Day of the Judiciary.
Addressing the event, Zaev said he was an advocate of the concept to respect the integrity of judges to make decisions independently, his cabinet said in a press release.
"The government I lead will always strictly support the separation of powers: a legislature, an executive, and a judiciary," he pledged.
The Macedonian PM, who also is at the helm of the council monitoring the implementation of judicial reforms, said that the citizens expected from the judges to 'meet the highest of standards of integrity, independence and impartiality.'
Corruption, he said, might tarnish integrity severely. "It undermines the very foundations of a democratic state, regulated by the rule of law. As a result, the system and the institutions start disintegrating and losing their primary role."
"In the past, Macedonia was faced with such a situation, but the progressive forces of the society put an end to it by championing that its independence must be recognized and guaranteed by all branches of the government," Zaev noted.
Being at the helm of the executive branch, he stated, my top priority is to provide conditions for full rehabilitation of the judicial system, to make sure that judges and other officials in the judiciary are reaching decisions independently, stated the press release.
"The current government is committed to implementing key reforms in the judiciary in order to restore the public trust in the judicial system," he vowed.
PM Zaev said that 2018 would be marked in Macedonia by the most indispensable judicial reforms since becoming a EU candidate country.
The Macedonian Premier called on all stakeholders, including judicial institutions, to settle differences and to rally around a wide social consensus involving the reforms in the judiciary, said the press release. ba/20:27
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