Macedonia: Constitutional Affairs Commission adopts all draft amendments

Macedonian Parliament; Photo: WikiCommons/Stefan Didam

SKOPJE – The Commission for Constitutional Affairs has adopted the fourth draft of amendments over the weekend, which ended the debate on the draft amendments to the Constitution, in accordance with the Prespa Agreement. The draft amendments will be reviewed at a plenary session on 1 December.

The Commission began the debate on the amendments on 7 November. The debate was scheduled to last 12 days, three days for each of the proposed amendments.

The establishment of draft amendments to the Constitution by Parliament is the second phase of the procedure for amending the Constitution. Draft amendments are established by a simple majority or 61 votes, after which will be reviewed at a public hearing.

The final decision for the adoption of amendments is conducted by a two-thirds majority or at least 80 votes. The amendment to the Preamble of the Constitution requires a majority of votes from the attending MPs that belong to the non-majority communities in the Republic of Macedonia (double or so-called Badinter majority).