Monthly Archives: January 2021

Skopje-Sofia Issue: VMRO-DPMNE Reiterates Stand on 12-Item Document

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski says the ruling structure should reveal the content of the 12-item document on which there are talks with Bulgaria. He adds that the Government members should appear for a discussion in Parliament as well. “Enough already with the hiding, enough already with the lying, enough already with the manipulations,” the opposition leader stresses. Commenting on the ...

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German Ambassador Holstein Says Skopje Should Open EU Negotiations

According to German Ambassador Anke Holstein, Macedonia should open negotiations with the EU. “I hope we will manage to achieve that this year. There is no other alternative,” she stated on Wednesday, adding that the country had met all conditions. The Ambassador is convinced that objectives can be fulfilled if there is hard work to achieve that. In the coming ...

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Maricic: Judicial Council Will be Able to Clean up Judiciary

Will the Judicial Council have credibility to clean up the judiciary if one of the body’s members is facing a crime charge? Justice Minister Bojan Maricic says the Council consists of individuals proven in their field that will be able to get the job done. He urged on Wednesday institutions to solve the case concerning Judge Zoran Teofilovski, the member ...

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Vevcani: Police Intervene over Non-Compliance with Anti-Coronavirus Measures

Police officers intervened on Wednesday in Vevcani due to non-compliance with anti-coronavirus protocols, that is, the ban on groups of more than four persons. The Carnival was held without official organisation, that is, 100 persons wearing masks were part of a parade on their own, despite the ban on grouping. As the Ohrid Internal Affairs Sector said, despite the previously ...

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Parliament Elects New SEC Composition

Parliament has elected the new composition of the State Election Commission (SEC). At Tuesday’s session, Aleksandar Dastevski, nominated by VMRO-DPMNE, was elected President. DUI’s Ditmire Shehu will be the Vice-President. SDSM supported the nominations of current SEC members Boris Kondarko and Radica Risteska, as well as the one of Oliver Ristovski. Boban Stojanovski, who’s an attorney at Parliament, is the ...

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President Pendarovski Receives New Greek Ambassador’s Letters of Credence

President Stevo Pendarovski has received the Letters of Credence of Greece’s new Ambassador, Roussos Koundouros. At Tuesday’s ceremony, Pendarovski said the relations between Skopje and Athens were today characterised by friendship, high level of political dialogue, and commitment to the policy of good-neighbourliness and regional cooperation. The President is convinced that in the period ahead, the realisation of concrete projects ...

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Osmani Claims There Isn’t Annex to Skopje-Sofia Treaty

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani claims that there isn’t a 12-item annex to the Skopje-Sofia Treaty. Macedonia’s Foreign Ministry says the stand of the institution and Government is remains unchanged, that is, that all possibilities to find a proper, mutual resolution and to restore trust in the efficiency and successfulness of the 2017 deal should be found. Towards the end of ...

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14 Candidates for SEC Confirmed

At Monday’s session, the Parliament’s Committee on Election and Appointment Issues established the list of applied candidates for election of State Election Commission (SEC) President and members. The Committee confirmed the 14 candidates from which a new President, Vice-President, and five members of the SEC should be selected. Among them are Janake Vitanovski, Boris Kondarko, Radica Ristevska, Elizabeta Postolovska, Ditmire ...

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Jankuloska and Todorov Testify in 27 April Case

The trial over the 27 April 2017 storming of Parliament has continued. At Monday’s session, former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska stated that she wasn’t familiar with a decision by organs of VMRO-DPMNE related to the protests at that time. Former Health Minister Nikola Todorov testified as well. He said the 27 April events had harmed everyone, that is, SDSM physically ...

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Deputy PM Nikolovski: Citizens Shouldn’t be Afraid of Reporting Corruption

The Deputy PM for Fighting Corruption, Sustainable Development, and Human Resources, Ljupco Nikolovski, has said that citizens shouldn’t be afraid of reporting corruption. According to him, GRECO’s recommendations are being implemented, while the new Code of Ethics will result in all officials appointed by the Government that work dishonestly being replaced. At a press-conference on Monday, where he talked about ...

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