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Response to Announcement Carried by the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services

Skopje, February 8th, 2019

The position of the Ministry of Information Society and Administration with respect to the announcement carried by the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services is as follows:

AAVMS has adressed a letter to the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, and has received response thereof today. As stated in the letter response, in its budget, MISA has approved 1,200,000,000 MKD to fund MRT, PE MRD and AAVMS. 

AAVMS's management is aware that the Law amending the LAAVMS which stipulates increase in percentage of needed funds has entered into force on January 8th, despite the fact that it had been forwarded to the Parliament a year prior, in February 2018. Reasons behind this delay were political, as AAVMS's management is well aware of.

This means that ammendments to the Law which anticipate increase of percentage have entered into force following adoption of the 2019 budget, five months after submissal of budget circulars in August.

Nevertheless, taking into account that the amount of funds is anticipated on annual level, and that there is a need to duly comply with budget rules and principles regulating allocation of funds to budget beneficiaries, the same will also be aligned for 2019.

As regards the call to organize a meeting with the Minister of Information Society and Administration, Minister Manchevski's response is positive, as it has been in the past period of consultations on the Law on AVMS and media reforms.

Ministry of Information Society and Administration