Monthly Archives: December 2020

Borissov Hopes Solution to Resume Skopje Integration Will be Found in 2021

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov hopes that a joint solution to resume Skopje’s integration path will be found next year. As he said on Tuesday, nothing scary has happened. “How we’ll get there is a matter of political will from both sides,” the Bulgarian PM said.  The previous day, ex-Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy had said at an event that he ...

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PM Zaev Responds to Latest Developments in Skopje-Sofia Relations

PM Zoran Zaev has responded to the latest stands from Bulgaria that the Bulgarian identity and language is harmed. As he said at a press-conference on Monday, the position presented by the western neighbour’s Defence Minister and Deputy PM, Krasimir Karakachanov, that there was no Macedonian identity before 1944, is offensive. Though Zaev’s message is that a solution with the ...

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Government Presents Ambitious Plan for Domestic Reforms in 2021

The judiciary, fighting corruption, COVID-19, and the environment are part of the Government’s ambitious plan for 2021 for European reforms domestically despite the Bulgarian blockade. The top priority will be cleaning up the judiciary. The start of the year is expected to see the start also of EU monitoring of high-profile court cases, around 50 a year, in which persons ...

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Foreign Minister Osmani Visits Vienna and Meets Counterpart Schallenberg

On Monday, during his visit to Austria, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani held a meeting with his counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg, whom he thanked for Vienna’s continued and unreserved support for Macedonia’s European perspective, including also a start of membership negotiations without any delay. “We’re aware – the process is complex,” Osmani said, adding that reaching consensus was not simple. Not only ...

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Turkish Parliament Speaker Sentop Meets Counterpart Xhaferi in Skopje

On Monday, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop held a meeting in Skopje with his counterpart, Talat Xhaferi. According to the latter, the Macedonia-Turkey relations are at the highest level and have an upwards trend, especially at a political, economic, and cultural level. As Xhaferi added, the good and friendly relations are reflected in the productive parliamentary cooperation as well. Xhaferi ...

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Reactions to Latest Developments in Skopje-Sofia Issue

According to PM Zoran Zaev, though Skopje wants to solve the problem with Sofia, he doesn’t know as PM what the problem is anymore. He says that the country wants to have good relations with all neighbours and for there to be no hate. Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister, Ekaterina Zaharieva, is still without a concrete answer and explanation before the public ...

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PM Zaev and VMRO-DPMNE’s Mickoski Divided over Tables Issue

PM Zoran Zaev says he is ready, despite domestic criticism, to remove “Bulgarian” from the memorials where it is written “Bulgarian fascist occupier”.  According to him, people should see through the prism of friendship, as was the case with Poland and Germany or Germany and France. In response, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski, in response, points out that the return of ...

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President Pendarovski in Interview with Kanal 5 TV

In an interview with Kanal 5 TV, President Stevo Pendarovski says that he doesn’t want Skopje to once again be a “record-holder” when it comes to the EU waiting room because it waited long enough to enter NATO. According to him, there were no announcements in 2017, 2018, and 2019 that Bulgaria would go outside the Skopje-Sofia deal. As Pendarovski ...

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Deputy PM Dimitrov Participates in Meeting with Commissioner Varhelyi

Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov participated on Friday morning at the meeting with EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi. Counterparts from the region and he exchanged information about the situation and readiness for procurement of coronavirus vaccines, as well as about the plans for vaccination of priority groups. According to the Commissioner, the European Commission is trying to ensure ...

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Reactions to Planned Primary Education Reform Continue

According to the Interior Ministry, the reforms being prepared in primary education don’t mean annulment of any scientific discipline. As it said in a press-release on Thursday, they are based on modern concepts and approaches, with the goal being students acquiring knowledge from all areas – history, geography or content from another discipline. “However, that will be in a manner ...

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