The Independent Media Commission (IMC) on November 10, 2023, under the leadership of the Chairman of the IMC, Mr. Jeton Mehmeti, held its tenth regular meeting for this year.
In this meeting, the Commission addressed several items of the agenda: the Regulation on the Admission, Evaluation, and Discipline of the Chief Executive Officer and the proposed decision on the collection of fees, which will serve as an executive title in the enforcement procedure.
After the approval of the agenda and minutes, the Commission reviewed the Regulation on the Admission, Evaluation, and Discipline of the Chief Executive Officer. Mayor Mehmeti presented the work done since the initiation of this regulation, the process of public consultation and the incorporation of received comments, as well as its harmonization with the new legislation, i.e. the Law on Public Officials, which law IMC has been waiting for to enter in force in order to refer to it as the legal basis for the procedure for the election and appointment of the Chief Executive Officer. Now is the first time that the head of the IMC Executive Office will be appointed by IMC Regulations and according to the Law on Public Officials. Also referring to the last meeting, we have provided clarifications for some uncertainties that we have regarding the time of the end of the mandate of the former Chief Executive Officer appointed in 2019, because the entire appointment procedure from the competition to the appointment was carried out with The Law on Civil Service, which provides for a three-year mandate. While the decision was signed about 15 days after the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer by the IMC Commission, it is referred to another law, the Law on Public Officials, which had just entered into force at that time and which provided for a four-year mandate. However, the time of that four-year mandate has passed, so now the process of recruiting the Chief Executive Officer will continue according to this regulation.
After review, the Commission has approved the Regulation on the Admission, Evaluation, and Discipline of the Chief Executive Officer.
Regarding licensing cases, the Commission has examined several cases of the nature of licensing, respectively 9 requests for radio license renewal, 1 request for change of ownership of the Audiovisual Media Service Provider (OSHMA) with transmission through distribution operators, 1 request for change of ownership of the radio, 1 request for renewal of the distribution operator's license and 1 request for termination (relinquishment) of the distribution operator's license.
After review, the Commission has approved the license renewal requests for Radio Festina, Radio Gorazhdevc, Radio Kim, Radio Kiss, Radio Kolasin, Radio Rinia and Radio Malisheva and the distribution operator ISP Broadcast. The commission also approved two requests for change of ownership, Radio Gora and Spin TV, and a request for the termination of the license from the distribution operator Kumanova Cable LLC. While he postponed the requests for license renewal from Radio 7 Kosova and Radio Fortuna for decision-making in the next meeting.
The last issue that the Commission has considered in this meeting is the proposed decision on the collection of fees, which will serve as an executive title in the enforcement procedure. This proposal has been drawn up due to the continuous requests from the courts that invoices have executive titles and this has created an extension of judicial and enforcement procedures, therefore it is proposed that each invoice also contain a decision of the IMC as an executive title, with the sole purpose of facilitating the completion of subjects that are subject to IMC license fee invoices, according to IMC Regulation-2017/06 on the Annual License Fee.