The 34th set of wiretapped phone calls was released today by the opposition, the Social Democrats SDSM. The conversations revealed fraudulent businesses between the government and private companies. The public heard the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski teaching and instructing the now former Minister of Transport Mile Janakieski how to be more ‘deal oriented’ and not dismiss companies based on mere facts of the law. Instead, he should be more indulging and take his time to treat well large-scale businessmen in order to achieve a good deal. As the opposition leader Zoran Zaev explained, one of the companies mentioned in the conversations is a Czech-Bulgarian-Macedonian company that won a tender based on the Prime Minister’s favoritism. On another occasion, Gruevski is instructing Janakieski how to go about the land where one of Skopje’s theaters is located. Even though, Minister Janakieski tries to explain the legal implications of indulging Gruevski’s wishes, he does not succeed to defend his position. Another set of conversations focused on a company where the inspecting authorities discovered five tons of illegal red oil. The reason why the company was not fined is that its owner was a financial supporter of the right-wing ruling party VMRO-DPMNE. The last topic of today’s conversations was, as Zoran Zaev explained, about Maja Ivanova, the wife of current Macedonian President Gjorgje Ivanov, who also works as an advisor for the Agency for Civil Aviation. In this case, Prime Minister Gruevski is instructing at the time Minister of Internal Affairs Gordana Jankulovska to ‘make a letter disappear’ from the official archives of the police. The letter is allegedly written by the director of the Agency for Civil Aviation where he expressed complaint about Mrs. Ivanova. Both Gruevski and Jankulovska are laughing and joking about the content of the letter and the whole situation.
- Prime Minister Gruevski to Minister of Transport instructing him to make better deals with companies: “As a government we are not doing well [with business] with big companies”.
- Gruevski to Jankulovska: “Now, there is one tiny detail that is important you do. Somehow make the original letter disappear from the archives, keep it with you”.