Monthly Archives: January 2020

Zaev and Mickoski Continue to Present Different Stands on PPO Draft Law

On Thursday, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said he would neither negotiate on nor accept the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) Draft Law. As he added, its only goal is to pardon crime through full control of the PPO. According to VMRO-DPMNE, it’s unacceptable for prosecutors from the former Special Prosecutor’s Office to become part of the Prosecutor’s Office for Organised Crime ...

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Xhaferi Planning to Schedule Session for Protocol Ratification for 11 February

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi is planning to schedule a session for 11 February where the only item on the agenda will be the ratification of Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol. The following day, 12 February, is supposed to see the dissolution of Parliament and the scheduling of the parliamentary elections. According to Xhaferi’s Cabinet, Spain is expected to ratify the Protocol ...

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Hearing over Extortion Case Postponed Again

On Thursday, the hearing over the Extortion case was once again postponed because of the absence of former Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva’s lawyers, Deljo Kadiev and Irena Frckoska, due to health reasons. Judge Vaska Nikolvoska said she would hire an ex officio lawyer for Janeva on Monday if Frckoska and Kadiev failed to appear then. “I have defenders,” Janeva said, ...

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2019: Macedonia Ranked 106th

In this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Macedonia, with a score of 35, is ranked 106th, a drop of 13 places when compared to the previous year. Denmark and New Zealand top the list of 180 countries, whereas South Sudan and Somalia are at the bottom. As far as the region is concerned, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo ...

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Methodology to Determine Judges’ Property Situation to be Known Soon

The methodology to determine judges’ property situation will be known by the end of January or start of February. Only judges whose names will be on the list that’s being prepared by the State Commission for Prevention and Corruption (SCPC) and the Judicial Council will be part of the process. “Defining the criteria on the basis of which the list ...

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PPO Law: Deskoska Says Chances of Adoption Depend on Opposition’s Will

According to Justice Minister Renata Deskoska, the chances of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law being adopted depend on VMRO-DPMNE’s genuine will. As she said on Wednesday, the possibility of the document being adopted without Hristijan Mickoski’s party isn’t being ruled out. “I expect support for the law from all MPs,” the Minister stated, adding that it would be good ...

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Grlic Radman Describes Western Balkans as EU Presidency’s Top Priority

Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman said before MEPs on Tuesday that the Western Balkans were a top priority for his country’s EU Presidency. In that regard, he added that starting negotiations with Skopje and Tirana was of special importance to the EU’s credibility. As the Minister also pointed out, the credibility of the European Union as a global player ...

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27 April Case: Constitutionality of Amnesty not to be Assessed

The constitutionality of the amnesty that saved part of those charged in relation to the 27 April 2017 storming of Parliament will not be assessed. The Constitutional Court made the decision on Wednesday by a majority. Judges had opposite views. Some believe Parliament mustn’t be allowed to give the Court a right to decide on some people being amnestied while ...

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Caretaker PM Spasovski Meets Italian Ambassador Romeo

On Wednesday, caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski met with Italian Ambassador Carlo Romeo. At the meeting, strong support from Italy’s Government was expressed about the important role of the caretaker Cabinet in Skopje in terms of continuing reforms, good-neighbourly relations, EU and NATO integration processes, and organising the elections. Clear pledges are needed from all political stakeholders for full realisation of ...

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Road Conditions, 23.01.2020

Poor driving conditions are reported throughout the country on mostly wet roads. Certain roadways passing through valleys and canyons can be susceptible to light rockslides, such as Kocani – Makedonska Kamenica – Delcevo, Vinica – Berovo, Gostivar – Straza, Mavrovo – Debar – Struga, Demir Kapija – Udovo, Katlanovo – Veles, Krusevo – Demir Hisar, and Resen – Bukovo. Motorists ...

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