Author Archives: Sasko Golov

Judicial Council President Dameva Meets US Ambassador Aggeler

On Friday, Judicial Council President Vesna Dameva held a meeting with US Ambassador Angela Aggeler. The meeting saw a discussion on the state of affairs and challenges facing the Council and the judiciary, as well as about the former’s measures and activities. As the Council added in the press-release, Ambassador Aggeler particularly highlighted the need for fighting corruption and independent, ...

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Court of Appeals Abolishes First-Instance Verdict in Thaler 2 Case

As a result of the Criminal Code Changes, in relation to Article 353 of the Criminal Code, the Court of Appeals has abolished the first-instance verdict in the Thaler 2 case and returned the case for a retrial before the first-instance Court. Former PM Nikola Gruevski and ex-Government Secretary-General Kiril Bozinovski were found guilty in the case. The ex-VMRO-DPMNE leader ...

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Restrictive Measures Draft-Law Sent to Parliament

On the last day of his term as PM, on Thursday, Dimitar Kovacevski signed off on the Restrictive Measures Draft-Law. The text is on its way to Parliament despite criticism from both law experts and state institutions. The negative opinion from both the Legislation Secretariat and the Justice Ministry remains. Though the Government still hasn’t made public the final version ...

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CPC with Decisions regarding Corridors, Transmet, and ESM and MEPSO

At the last session of the current composition, held on Friday, the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) found that Eurovia had properly won the tender for organisation of last year’s OSCE Ministerial. However, the body decided that financial institutions should check what the company’s owner did with the money from the tender. Eurovia is one of the most ...

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Road Conditions 26.01.2024

Traffic on the state roads is ongoing in winter conditions, on wet roads in some places. All road routes in the country are passable. Smaller landslides may occur on certain road routes that pass through gorges and cuts. JP Makedonijapat appeals for careful management of the vehicles, respect for the posted traffic signals, as well as adjustment of the speed ...

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Caretaker Cabinet: Xhaferi Resigns as Speaker, Maricic to Serve as 1 st Deputy PM

On Thursday, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, like Dimitar Kovacevski before him, submitted his resignation in the frames of the activities for the formation of the caretaker cabinet. “Our obligation is to organise fair and democratic elections,” he said. In the frames of the cabinet, First Deputy PM Artan Grubi will serve as Deputy PM and Minister of Political System, while ...

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Taravari Believes Final Stand on DUI Coalition Issue will Be Known Next Week

Alliance for Albanians leader Arben Taravari, regarding a potential coalition with DUI, believes that the final stand will be known next week. “I believe there will be a decision next week. We have a decision by the party’s Presidency that is current, but the party’s Assembly may make another decision. Four months ago, we said we would participate in the ...

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Xhaferi: How Judicial Works none of Dutch Ambassador’s Business

In an interview with the Politikanti (Politicoes) podcast on Wednesday, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said regarding Dutch Ambassador Dirk Jan Kop that he shouldn’t interfere in the work of the Judicial Council. “How the Council works is none of his business,” he pointed out, inter alia. US Ambassador Angela Aggeler stated on Thursday that she wasn’t familiar with Xhaferi’s statement. ...

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EU Peer-Review Mission Report on Judicial Council Divided into Five Areas

Telma has obtained the EU’s peer-review mission report concerning the Judicial Council. Among the recommendations are determining, through a law, a minimum number of votes for a judge to become a Council member, a possibility to vote against when there is one candidate, and defining the term “prominent attorney” because the vagueness impacts the quality of Council members. The 40 ...

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Police Operation: Sheval Muaremi and Alliance for Albanians among Arrested

The Interior Ministry’s special units, with the help of the Prosecutor’s Office, in today’s operation in the Skopje region, arrested S.M. [Grcec drug lord Sheval Muaremi], Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski said at a press-conference on Thursday. As he added, the operation was carried out in cooperation with Europol, that is, with colleagues from France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It’s about ...

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