Monthly Archives: June 2021

VMRO-DPMNE Organises Protest outside Foreign Ministry Building

On Friday, VMRO-DPMNE staged a protest outside the Foreign Ministry building, calling again for information about the negotiations with Bulgaria. Protesters once again said PM Zoran Zaev and Special Representative for Bulgaria Vlado Buckovski are trying to “sell national and state interests”. MP Antonio Milososki also urged Deputy PM for European Affairs and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani to appear in ...

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Biden’s Executive Order Discussed at Zaev-Byrnes Meeting

On Friday, PM Zoran Zaev met with US Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes. US President Joe Biden’s Executive Order was the focal point of the meeting. Zaev and the Ambassador are satisfied that the Order also focuses on the fight against corruption, North Macedonia’s Government said in the press-release. As it was added, Zaev and Byrnes jointly ascertained the value and ...

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Vodno Plots Case: Detention Measure for Kamcev Extended by 30 Days

Businessperson Orce Kamcev’s detention measure in the Vodno Plots case has been extended by 30 days, the Criminal Court said on Friday. The decision was made because there is a possibility of him hiding and fleeing. Kamcev has been in detention for three months. Among the other defendants in the case are former PM Nikola Gruevski, another businessperson, Nenad Josifovic, ...

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Sofia Issue: Varhelyi Says there is Quiet Diplomacy at Current Stage

2021 may be a year of the Western Balkans, but everyone must contribute. June is a critical month. This was the message sent by EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi at the Tirana Summit on Thursday. Asked about the Skopje-Sofia issue, he said the European Commission was working hard, adding that there was quiet diplomacy at the current stage. According to ...

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Russia Expels Attaché of North Macedonia

Around one month after the expulsion of the Russian diplomat from Skopje, Moscow responded on Thursday with a reciprocal measure.  Olivera Causevska-Dimovska, Charge d’Affaires, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry, where she was handed a note to declare a diplomat of North Macedonia, an attaché at the Embassy, a persona non grata. The measure, it was explained, is a ...

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Macron Believes Skopje Deserves Start of Negotiations without Delay

“Your country deserves to start negotiations without delay,” French President Emmanuel Macron told PM Zoran Zaev on Thursday, during the joint statement in Paris. As he added, “we will work on” a solution being found for a start. Zaev thanked the French President, saying the meeting enriched the friendly relations between the two countries in the year when the 28th ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Holds New Protests

Thursday saw VMRO-DPMNE once again block three crossroads in the centre of Skopje and nine other cities from 3 pm to 5 pm. Participants continued to urge PM Zoran Zaev and Special Representative for Bulgaria Vlado Buckovski to provide information about the negotiations with Bulgaria. According to the opposition party’s leader, Hristijan Mickoski, VMRO-DPMNE insists on “the Macedonian language, Macedonian ...

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Grubi Holds Meeting with OSCE Mission Head Koja

The Minister of Political System and Inter-Community Relations, Artan Grubi, who also serves as First Deputy PM, held a meeting on Thursday with the Head of the OSCE Mission, Ambassador Clemens Koja. Commitment is needed by all political stakeholders in North Macedonia to efficiently solve issues benefitting citizens, it was jointly assessed. Grubi told Koja that the country continued to ...

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Reactions to Joe Biden’s Signing of Executive Order concerning Western Balkans

According to Deputy PM for Fighting Corruption, Sustainable Development, and Human Resources, Ljupco Nikolovski, US President Joe Biden’s Executive Order concerning the Western Balkans (https://bit.ly/3v9zJBX) is a message to everyone blocking or wants to block the processes in the country. “We still haven’t seen this document in detail, but I can highlight that the citizens of the Republic of North ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Continues Protests

VMRO-DPMNE has continued its protests in Skopje and 10 other cities throughout the country. In the capital, the party organised blockades three locations. MP Antonijo Milososki said they were a result of the Government’s non-transparency and secret negotiations with Bulgaria by PM Zoran Zaev and the Special Representative, Vlado Buckovski. The party also believes Foreign Minister Bijar Osmani, too, should ...

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