The Law on the Use of Languages will be reintroduced to the Macedonian Parliament on January 29th for its third review.

The plenary session was organised in a co-ordinated effort between the Parliament Speaker, Talat XhaFEri and the parliamentary groups, but in the absence of MPs from opposition's VMRO-DPMNE party.

The proposal has been returned to the Assembly following non-decrial by President Gjorge Ivanov, who argued that the law violated the constitution and the united character of Macedonia.

With this in mind, the VMRO-DPMNE has requested the creation of special working groups involving experts to prove the need for the adoption of the law and the removal of what they consider to be non-constitutional elements that the draft contains.

As you may recall from our previous reports, the Law on the Use of Languages was adopted on January 11th and six days later, remained unsigned by President Ivanov.

The law needs 61 votes on January 29th to approve the initiation of sending the bill to the Venice Commission for their recommendations.