Hristijan Mickoski, leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, compared Bulgaria’s policies towards North Macedonia to Russian policies for Ukraine. He stated that Bulgaria treats RNM just like Russia with Ukraine; there is no difference.
Mickoski said, “Bulgaria behaves with RNM just like Russia treats Ukraine instead of being our friend. Our neighbour denies the Macedonian language and Macedonian identity, Just as Russia denies the existence of the Ukrainian language and identity. Recently, Official authorities in Sofia claim that our language is a norm”.
He added, “In the twenty-first century when we talk about the green transition, a Europe without borders, and artificial intelligence, is there a bigger insult than that coming from an EU member state? Respect is the only thing we desire in life. This is what VMRO-DPMNE demands from the world”.
The announcement was made on state television only a few hours after modifications to the laws governing political parties and associations were unanimously approved by the National Assembly in Skopje. The Bulgarian organisations “Tsar Boris III” and “Ivan Mihailov” in Bitola and Ohrid are immediately impacted by this move.
The proposed text states that within three months of the legal changes taking effect, organisations, associations, foundations, unions, and other types of associations registered under the Law on Associations and Foundations must harmonise their names and names, objectives, and activities following the specified regulations.
Yesterday, Skopje’s parliament voted on a bill against Bulgarian associations in Bulgaria. All 84 MPs accepted the proposal Without a single against or abstention. Rashela Mizrahi from VMRO-DPMNE presented the document, stating there must be a stop to opening associations and foundations whose programmes, goals, activities, and actions are intended to violently destroy the nation’s constitutional order.
Highlighting the recently opened Bulgarian club named ‘Tsar Borris III‘ in Ohrid province of North Macedonia, Mizrahi stressed, “We have seen the opening of so-called cultural clubs with names that are contentious individuals, Nazis, and fascists, in the previous seven months. The execution of this law assists the nation in preventing the establishment of such groups and foundations”.