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Dimitrov Participates in Regional Meeting Initiated by Varhelyi

Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov took part in a coordinative meeting with his counterparts from the Western Balkans, initiated and attended by Enlargement Commissioner at the European Commission (EC) Oliver Varhelyi. As the Secretariat for European Affairs informs, the participants in the meeting exchanged information about the efforts made by the EC for securing COVID-19 vaccines for the ...

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Zaharieva: Sofia Recognises Macedonian Identity Created After 1945

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said in an interview for German online magazine Theeuropean.de that official Skopje denies the fact that Macedonia and Bulgaria share mutual history. “A separate Macedonian identity was officially formed in the first half of the 20th century, precisely in 1945, and Bulgaria recognises this identity. However, Skopje tends to represent national heroes like Goce Delcev ...

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FM Osmani Pays Official Visit to Spain

Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar Osmani paid an official visit to Spain on Thursday, where he held meetings with Director for EU and Advisor to PM Pedro Sanchez, Maria Aurora Mejia Errasquin, Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Arancha Gonzales Laya and President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Spanish Senate Antonio Gutierrez Limones. Osmani was welcomed in Madrid by Errasquin, ...

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Geer: Double Efforts for Resolution of Dispute between Skopje and Sofia

EU Ambassador to Macedonia David Geer said at a press conference in Tetovo that Macedonia and Bulgaria should double the efforts for resolving the bilateral issues that prevent the integration of Macedonia in the EU. “I understand the frustration due to the disrespect of the accession talks with your country, but in such circumstances, both countries should double the efforts ...

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PM Zaev Meets Luxembourg Counterpart Bettel

PM Zoran Zaev at the meeting on Tuesday with his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel, pointed out Luxembourg as one of the greatest supporters of MKD integration in the EU, and praised the positions of Luxembourg towards the bilateral issue between Macedonia and Bulgaria. In an interview for the local newspaper “Wort” Zaev stated: “The veto of Bulgaria towards us was ...

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Borrell: Western Balkans Should Return in Focus of EU Discussions

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that he shares the views of most of the EU member states that the Western Balkans should once again become the focus of attention of the EU. His response follows the letter addressed to him signed by Foreign Affairs Minister of 9 EU member-states, who warned ...

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Varhelyi: Skopje Must Resolve Disputes with Sofia Sooner

Commissioner for Enlargement at the European Commission (EC) Oliver Varhelyi said at the Economic Forum in Tirana that Macedonia has to resolve the bilateral disputes with Bulgaria in order to start the EU membership negotiations. “North Macedonia has maintained a steady pace in the implementation of EU reforms, in particular in the area of the fundamentals. It is important that ...

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9 EU Member-States Demand EU to Discuss Western Balkans in April

Nine EU member-states addressed a letter to EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell in which they demand reintroduction of discussions concerning the integration of the Western Balkan countries in the EU at the upcoming meeting of EU Foreign Ministers that is to take place this April. In the letter dating back to 5 March 2021, Foreign Ministers of ...

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Zaev Denies “La Verita” Claims of Processes for Procurement of Vaccines

Italian newspaper “La Verita” wrote on Wednesday that official Skopje negotiated with Sinopharm for procurement of COVID-19 vaccines through a fictive company established in Hong Kong, citing this as reason why official Beijing returned to the Macedonian government the money paid in advance for the vaccines. PM Zoran Zaev said that these writings were false news. “I responsibly claim that ...

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Government Adopts Decision for Curfew Between 10:00 P.M. and 05:00 A.M.

The government adopted at a session on Tuesday the proposal of the Infectious Diseases Committee to introduce a curfew in order to reduce the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the country. The curfew will become effective on Wednesday 10 March and will be enforced every day between 10:00 p.m. and 05:00 a.m. until 22 March. PM Zoran Zaev ...

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