North Macedonia opposition against Open Balkan, blocks laws

The opposition in North Macedonia has blocked the adoption of several laws in parliament related to the Open Balkan initiative.

Agreements for free access to the labor market, cooperation in veterinary medicine and food safety, and electronic identification were blocked in parliamentary committees that are led by the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE. Party leader, Hristijan Mickoski, said on Wednesday that the draft laws will not be sent to parliament for approval until the government does not inform the opposition about the objective of the Open Balkan initiative. He also said he expects Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski to call a meeting and explain why North Macedonia is in a regional group with Serbia and Albania.