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First Vote on Constitutional Amendments at Beginning of July Earliest

“The parliamentary procedure and political negotiations for constitutional amendments can run parallel, there is no need to wait for a secure two-thirds majority,” stated the Speaker of Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, who shares the position of President Stevo Pendarovski. At a press briefing, he clarified that as soon as the initiative from the Government reaches the legislature, there is a deadline ...

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Pendarovski Signs Legal Amendments for Corridors 8 and 10d

President Stevo Pendarovski decided to sign the legal amendments for the construction of corridors 8 and 10d. After consulting with lawyers and experts, he concluded that the amendments that passed in the assembly with a shortened procedure and a European flag are not disputed. Earlier, Pendarovski announced the possibility of vetoing the decree on the Law on Labor Relations, but ...

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Macedonian and Bulgarian Delegation in Front of St. Cyril Plaque in Rome

The parliamentary delegations of North Macedonia and Bulgaria bowed together and laid flowers in front of the memorial plaque of St. Cyril in the Basilica “Santa Maria Maggiore” in Rome. Then the President of the Parliament Talat Xhaferi and the President of the Bulgarian National Assembly, Rosen Zhelyazkov, gave a joint statement to the media of both countries. “The initiative ...

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Osmani and Kondov Spoke About Kovacevski’s Statement on Bulgarian Discourse

Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski criticized Bulgarian politicians, not Bulgaria’s policy – according to Bulgarian Technical Minister for Foreign Affairs Ivan Kondov, this was the explanation given to him by his colleague Bujar Osmani in Brussels, for the speech of the Prime Minister who last week from Reykjavik compared Bulgaria’s discourse towards the country with that of Russia towards Ukraine. ...

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Veljanovski: We Demand Government Publicly Announce Agreement

“It is good that today the Minister of Transport encouraged himself to attend a plenary session where as an item on the agenda we have one of the five laws that have been proposed by the Government, avoiding all business procedures contrary to the Constitution and the laws. It is good that he has the opportunity to face the facts ...

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Geer: Political Divide Deepening, Essential Reforms Going Backwards

“There is progress, there is a feeling that things are moving forward, especially with regard to the adoption of constitutional amendments in accordance with the bilateral obligations undertaken with the Agreement between the country and Bulgaria, but unfortunately, despite the political commitments of both sides for the future of North Macedonia in the European Union, there is no common agenda ...

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Corridors Case: Latest Developments

The Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecution of Organised Crime and Corruption has received the contract with Bechtel and ENKA over the Corridors. As the institution pointed out on Friday, considering the vast documentation, the public prosecutor and team of investigators will need time to analyse and check all indications and allegations which have been a public interest for months. Regarding the ...

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Xhaferi Holds Coordination Meeting over Issue of Presentation of Corridors Deal

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi held on Tuesday a regular coordination meeting with Parliamentary Group Coordinators and representatives of parties represented in Parliament. The issue of presentation of the Corridors VIII and X-d deal was on the agenda too. “The stand of those present is that considering that the initiative is of the opposition yet the opposition is not attending the ...

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Accusations between VMRO-DPMNE and Grubi over Corridors Continue

VMRO-DPMNE disagrees with First Deputy PM Artan Grubi’s stands regarding the activities of Bechtel and ENKA in Serbia. “Serbia didn’t adopt laws in contradiction with the Constitution, didn’t put an equals sign between legal and illegal structures, and it received many more legal structures for a smaller amount of money,” VMRO-DPMNE Spokesperson Naum Stoilkovski says. According to Grubi, Bechtel and ...

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Deal with Bechtel and ENKA – Focal Point at Session for Parliamentary Questions

Expectedly, the session for parliamentary questions, held on Thursday, focused on the Corridors case, that is, the deal with Bechtel and ENKA. The questions concerned the secrecy of the deal, penalties in the event of non-fulfilment of items of the document, as well as legal changes in relation to the process. VMRO-DPMNE’s Bojan Stojanoski asked the PM, Dimitar Kovacevski, a ...

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