Monthly Archives: January 2021

VMRO-DPMNE Announces Signature Collection Against Census Law

VMRO-DPMNE announced that it will start collecting at least 10,000 signatures for annulment of the Law on Census, which was published Tuesday in the Official Gazette. MP and university professor Gordana Siljanovska Davkova at the press conference explained that the procedure is initiated because in the past opposition parties submitted proposals for laws, but they were never put on the ...

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Health Ministry Attempts to Procure Vaccines from Chinese Companies

On Tuesday, Health Minister Venko Filipce revealed that the country is attempting to negotiate with Chinese pharmaceutical companies for the procurement of vaccines in view of the uncertainty surrounding the time of arrival of the first Pfizer vaccines from the COVAX system. Minister Filipce stated that the Ministry remains dedicated to work through all three mechanisms for vaccine procurement in ...

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President Pendarovski Signs Census Law Decree

President Stevo Pendarovski, after consultations with legal experts, on Monday signed the Decree for approval of the Law on Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in the Republic of Macedonia, 2021. President Pendarovski expects the census process not to be politicized, and the data obtained to be useful for the overall development of the country, which will enable the formulation ...

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Karakachanov: Pressure from US Will Not Change Attitude Towards Macedonia

Bulgarian Minister of Defence and Deputy PM Krasimir Karakachanov says that he does not expect pressure on the Macedonian issue from the new leadership of the US. “I do not expect pressure and this is the second great naivety of the politicians in Skopje that with the change of leadership in the United States, someone will press Bulgaria and Bulgaria ...

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Osmani and Dimitrov Meet EU Commissioner Lenarcic in Brussels

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bujar Osmani, during their working visit to Brussels, met with the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic. Dimitrov and Osmani expressed gratitude for the assistance provided through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which was activated shortly after the declaration of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Lenarcic ...

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Zaev-Galloway: Cooperation with Great Britain Intensifying

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev met with Rachel Galloway, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the country. At the meeting, according to the government’s Public Relations Department, the interlocutors jointly welcomed the intensification of cooperation between the two countries, which is happening even during the pandemic. The expectation is expressed for even more active promotion of the cooperation in all areas, ...

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Zaev: Adjective “Macedonian” Was Never Problem and Remains in Minutes

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev fully supported the statement of the head of the Macedonian team of historians in the Joint Commission, Dragi Gjeorgiev – both assured that the adjective “Macedonian” is not a problem and it remains in the minutes. Many dilemmas arose in the public after some of the media reported that the adjective “Macedonian” is being replaced by ...

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Pendarovski to Consult Experts Before Signing Census Document

The census law is waiting for approval from President Stevo Pendarovski, but he still has no official position on the legal decision. Pendarovski’s office does not reveal whether there are any remarks and whether and when he plans to sign the decree. President Pendarovski will consult with legal experts on the adopted Law on Census and in the next few ...

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Byrnes: Bulgarian Veto Brings Risk to Both Macedonia and EU

“We are disappointed with Bulgaria’s veto for a number of reasons, first because we believe that Macedonia was ready to start the process of opening and closing chapters with the EU,” said US Ambassador to the country Kate Marie Byrnes. In an interview with VOA, she said the veto posed a risk not only to Macedonia but also to the ...

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Geer Interview with MIA: The Goal is Macedonia’s Accession to the EU

“I want to send a strong message that the European perspective, the perspective of accession to the Western Balkans, including Macedonia, is clear and indisputable. I am optimistic. The harmonization of the Negotiating Framework and the holding of the first intergovernmental conference will follow, which will actually start the negotiation process itself,” said the European Union Ambassador to the country ...

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