Monthly Archives: January 2021

Holiday Greetings by State and Party Functionaries

President Stevo Pendarovski, on the occasion of the great Christian holiday Epiphany, sent congratulations to the Head of the MOC-OA and all Christian citizens. “In these difficult times, I wish this great holiday to be our spiritual support to persevere in solidarity, patience, responsibility and care for all our fellow citizens,” reads President’s statement. “Allow me, on my own on ...

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Fouere: EU Has Instruments at Disposal

Former Ambassador of the European Union to the country, Erwan Fouere, called on the European Union to get involved in resolving the Macedonian-Bulgarian dispute, because otherwise he thinks that the country might get stuck in this situation for some time. “I think that the elections in Bulgaria, unfortunately, will not bring anything new, so there is no point in EU ...

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Pendarovski: European Economic Zone Acceptable Only in Addition to EU Membership

“The European Economic Zone is acceptable only if it is an addition and inter-zone to our full membership in the European Union,” said the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski in an interview with MIA. The head of state commented on the article published in the German FAZ, according to which the real chances of the Western Balkan ...

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Karakachanov: Bulgaria Does Not Give Up Demands on Macedonian Identity

The door to Macedonia is not closed, but Bulgaria does not intend to give up its demands. Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov again in an interview with Bulgarian national television sends out series of provocations. He says Macedonia is the most tragic and romantic part of Bulgarian history and resolving the open issues between Skopje and Sofia is of ...

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Formal Statements by Newly Elected SEC Members

On Friday, in front of the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi and the Secretary General, Cvetanka Ivanova, the newly elected members of the State Election Commission, gave a solemn statement. New members of the highest electoral body in the country, who were elected on 12 January 2021, are Aleksandar Dastevski, President Ditmire Shehu – ...

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Parliament Completes Debate on Census Law, Vote to be Scheduled

Friday afternoon, after three days, Parliament ended the debate on the Draft-Law on Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in Macedonia, according to which, after 19 years, the country should perform this statistical operation. The Draft Law will be voted on at the continuation of this session, which will be additionally scheduled. Addressing before the end of the debate, Justice ...

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Health Minister Filipce Comments on Several Coronavirus-Related Topics

Health Minister Venko Filipce said on Thursday that the doses of vaccines from Pfizer had already been reserved, adding that the first shipment was expected to arrive in February. As he added, vaccines through the COVAX system are expected to arrive in the same period as well. Asked why the doses expected through the European Commission’s mechanism for solidarity hadn’t ...

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Foreign Minister Osmani Meets Counterpart Dendias in Athens

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani paid a visit to Athens, where he met his counterpart, Nikos Dendias. The focus of their meeting was on establishing the framework for the following activities that are ahead for Skopje and Athens in accordance with the Prespa Agreement. In addition to the dominant topics, including intensification and advancement of economic cooperation through greater ...

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VMRO-DPMNE’s Mickoski in Interview with Sitel TV

In an interview with Sitel TV, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski once again says regarding the census that the ruling structure will carry out a political, not statistical, operation. “The essence is that we are basically on the side of what should give an answer about how Macedonia should develop in the future,” he points out. Mickoski is critical of the ...

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New Accusations over Draft Census Law

According to VMRO-DPMNE, the Government should immediately withdraw the Census Draft Law from Parliament, which should then be followed by political and societal consensus. As opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski said on Wednesday, if that doesn’t happen, there will be a citizens’ initiative to collect signatures to annul the law. VMRO-DPMNE’s Executive Committee’s conclusion is that though a census process is ...

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