Monthly Archives: November 2020

US: Skopje-Sofia Disputes Should be Resolved Outside of EU-integration Process

A spokesperson of the US Department of State told “Voice of America” that Macedonia and Bulgaria should resolve their bilateral disputes outside of the processes for accession of Macedonia in the EU. “The accession of North Macedonia in the EU is a mutual goal of ours, and we would like to see the first inter-governmental session between Brussels and Skopje ...

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Zaev: Sofia’s Positions do not Reflect Desires of Majority of Bulgarians

PM Zoran Zaev said in an interview for Deutsche Welle on Wednesday that the decision of official Sofia for blockade of the EU membership negotiations with Macedonia does not reflect the wishes of the majority of the citizens of Bulgaria. “I can say that majority of the people in Bulgaria, and even PM Boyko Borissov himself, did not want this ...

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Borissov: We Acted towards Skopje by Principles, not with Stubbornness

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov said during a session of the Bulgarian government that it was Bulgaria that wanted the integration of Macedonia in the EU the most of all member-states. “Our position is not one of stubbornness, but rather one of principles that reflect the interest of the Bulgarian people. We were very concerned and cautions in the dialogues we ...

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MEPs Kyuchyuk, Schieder Dissatisfied with Bulgarian Blockade for Macedonia

MEPs Ilhan Kyuchyuk and Andreas Schieder expressed in an open announcement their dissatisfaction with the decision of Bulgaria to not approve the EU membership negotiation framework for Macedonia. “The failure of the foreign ministers of the EU member-states to start the first inter-governmental session between Brussels and Skopje seriously jeopardises the credibility of the EU among the Western Balkans. The ...

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Scientists from Ex-YU Countries Protest Bulgarian Blockade for Macedonia

A group of historians from the ex-Yugoslavian republics Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia came out with a declaration titled “Let Us Defend History” in which they voice their concerns about, as they state “the abuse of historical concepts in the process for accession of North Macedonia in the EU.” “We harshly condemn the rhetoric of official Sofia, ...

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1,406 New COVID-19 Cases and 21 Deaths in Past 24 Hours

The Health Ministry conducted in the past 24 hours 3,398 COVID-19 tests among citizens, of which 1,406 turned positive, which is a new daily record for Macedonia. The Health Ministry also registered 937 cured patients, as well as 21 COVID-19 deaths. So far in Macedonia, 50,015 cases of COVID-19 were registered, of which 29,583 are cured, 19,035 are still active, ...

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Bulgaria Vetoes EU Negotiation Framework for Macedonia’s Accession

Bulgaria officially did not support the adoption of the EU negotiation framework for accession of Macedonia. “In the current phase, Bulgaria cannot support the adoption of the negotiation framework for North Macedonia and the organisation of the first inter-governmental conference between Skopje and Brussels, because the framework as it is now does not reflect the Bulgarian demands,” Bulgarian FM Zaharieva ...

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Zaev: I Am Disappointed with Bulgaria’s Decision Against Our EU-Integration

PM Zoran Zaev said in an interview for TV 21 that he is very disappointed with the decision of Bulgaria to not approve the EU negotiation framework for Macedonia. “This is probably the greatest defeat for the EU, and I have to voice my extreme disappointment with official Sofia’s decision. We concluded the Good-neighbourliness Agreement with Bulgaria, and now when ...

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Milososki: VMRO-DPMNE to File Interpellation Against Deputy PM Dimitrov

VMRO-DPMNE MP Antonio Milososki announced via Facebook that the opposition will file interpellation motions against Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov. According to Milososki’s post, Dimitrov should be held accountable for the fact that Bulgaria did not approve the EU membership negotiation framework at the Meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on Tuesday. “Dear Minister Dimitrov, you will have enough ...

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Filipce: Stricter Anti-COVID-19 Measures May be Introduced if Necessary

Health Minister Venko Filipce said at a press conference on Tuesday that, based on analyses conducted by the ministry, the R0 factor of virulency of the coronavirus in Macedonia has dropped from 1.5 to 1. “These numbers are good news, but this does not mean that we can relax even a bit. The situation in hospitals around the country still ...

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