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President Pendarovski Delivers Annual Address in Parliament

On Tuesday, in his annual address in Parliament, President Stevo Pendarovski stated that regardless of who would be in power after the elections, the country had to stay on the EU path. Regarding the constitutional changes, he stated that the debate had to continue, while neither the Negotiating Framework nor the deal with Bulgaria could be changed. When it comes ...

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Parties’ Reactions to Pendarovski’s Address in Parliament

“We witnessed a statesperson-like address by President Stevo Pendarovski, as President of all citizens,” SDSM MP Martin Kostovski said regarding the President’s annual address in Parliament. As he added, SDSM welcomes the President’s stand on EU integration. DUI Parliamentary Group Coordinator Arber Ademi said all topics the country had faced over the past 4-5 years had been covered. On the ...

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VMRO-DPMNE’s Mickoski on Palevski and Election-Related Topics

In the interview with the 360 Degrees show, broadcast on Monday on MTV1, regarding Ljupco Palevski, the principal suspect in the Vanja Gjorcevska and Pance Zezovski murder, Mickoski said he hadn’t answered the questions about how many meetings he’d had with him because he believed the public’s attention was being diverted from irrelevant questions. Asked about the caretaker cabinet issue, ...

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PM Kovacevski Participates in Enlargement Debate

PM Dimitar Kovacevski was among the participants in Monday’s debate titled “Geopolitical EU Enlargement: New opportunities, old risks?”. “The part concerning North Macedonia was very brief. We had never had a clearer conclusion from the European Council. The conclusion was one paragraph and read that North Macedonia successfully completed the screening process and it remains for it to fulfil its ...

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PM on North Macedonia-Ukraine Comparisons and Caretaker Cabinet Issue

PM Dimitar Kovacevski said on Friday there shouldn’t be comparisons between the EU process of North Macedonia and Ukraine because every country was a separate case. As he added, Ukraine doesn’t have a bilateral dispute because it is under attack, while Hungary was not present at the vote, it didn’t vote against. Regarding the caretaker cabinet concept, the PM said ...

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Von der Leyen: Objective’s to Open Talks on First Cluster as Soon as Possible

For Albania and North Macedonia, the European Commission’s objective is to open accession negotiations on the first so-called fundamentals’ cluster as soon as possible, according to its President, von der Leyen. “We have strongly reiterated our collective commitment to a future where all six Western Balkan partners are part of our Union. For example, for Albania and North Macedonia, the ...

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EU-Western Balkans Summit in Brussels

Opening of chapters from Cluster 1 as soon as possible with North Macedonia and Albania once they meet conditions, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced after the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Brussels on Wednesday. The EU’s message is that it wants to speed up integration of the region and will get ready for new enlargement that has to ...

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EU Council Adopts Conclusions on Enlargement

“Recalling the Council conclusions of July 2022, the Council welcomes the first intergovernmental conference held with North Macedonia in July 2022 and the successful completion of the screening meetings. The Council stands ready to convene another intergovernmental conference, without further delays nor additional political decision, as soon as North Macedonia has implemented its commitment to complete the constitutional changes as ...

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Double Murder: Palevski Issued 40-Day Extradition Detention Measure

On Monday, North Macedonia’s Embassy in Ankara told the country’s Foreign Ministry that the Turkish Foreign Ministry had informed it that on the basis of communication from the Office of the chief public prosecutor of Balikesir, Ljupco Palevski, the principal suspect in the murders of Vanja Gjorcevska and Pance Zezovski, had been issued a 40-day extradition measure. Sharing information about ...

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There’ll Be no Improvisations over Caretaker Cabinet, Says Kovacevski

PM Dimitar Kovacevski said on Monday there would be no improvisations regarding the caretaker cabinet. The positions the opposition and the ruling structure get, he added, are regulated by law. “I will fulfil my obligation by resigning,” the PM stressed. Kovacevski called on VMRO-DPMNE to nominate staff. Hristijan Mickoski’s party will decide whether to be part of the caretaker cabinet ...

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