Author Archives: Sasko Golov

Prosecutor Stefanova Testifies at Continuation of Trial over Extortion case

Prosecutor Lile Stefanova testified during Monday’s hearing over the Extortion case. As she said, former Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva had never interfered in her work until December 2018, when she requested for a positive opinion to be given about issuing milder measures for the suspects in the Empire case. Answering questions from Janeva’s defence Stefanova said she had known very ...

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Zbogar Urges Politicians to Cooperate in Reform Processes

Macedonia should focus on the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law, the Electoral Code, and democratic parliamentary elections. This message was sent on Monday from the EU Ambassador, Samuel Zbogar, to politicians in Macedonia. He urged party leaders to cooperate in the field of reform processes and reduce pre-election tensions. Enlargement will be high on the agenda, according to Croatian Ambassador ...

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Merkel to Push at EU Summit for Tirana and Skopje to Get Negotiations

According to German Chancellor Angela Markel, the EU Summit in Zagreb in March will see her push for Macedonia and Albania to get membership negotiations. After the meeting with Albanian PM Edi Rama in Berlin on Monday, the German Chancellor stated that they primarily wanted to reach a deal at the next European Council in March on a start of ...

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PPO law to Enter Parliamentary Procedure Tuesday

The Justice Ministry’s text of the new Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law will on Tuesday enter a procedure in Parliament. On Monday, MPs from the ruling coalition urged VMRO-DPMNE members to participate in the debate and support a document that will “enable an independent Prosecutor’s Office”. Judge Dobrila Kacarska being mentioned at the hearing over the Extortion case, however, according ...

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Parliamentary Debate on Air Pollution Marked by Fierce Accusations

Tuesday’s debate in Parliament about the air pollution information, filed by VMRO-DPMNE, was marked by fierce accusations between ruling coalition and opposition MPs. Dragan Danev, who is part of VMRO-DPMNE, said SDSM had done nothing in the fight against pollution despite their previously announced measures, such as gasification and electric buses. In response, Deputy Environment Minister Jani Makraduli stated that ...

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Road Conditions, 28.01.2020

Poor driving conditions are reported throughout the country on mostly wet roads. Certain roadways passing through valleys and canyons can be susceptible to light rockslides, such as Kocani – Makedonska Kamenica – Delcevo, Vinica – Berovo, Gostivar – Straza, Mavrovo – Debar – Struga, Demir Kapija – Udovo, Katlanovo – Veles, Krusevo – Demir Hisar, and Resen – Bukovo. Motorists ...

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European Council President Michel Visits Skopje

According to European Council President Charles Michel, Macedonia’s fate is European. On Friday, at the joint press-conference in Skopje with President Stevo Pendarovski, he said he expected the 26 March meeting to see EU countries adjust a joint stand on the new methodology and manner of enlargement, as well as in terms of the need for a clear strategy for ...

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PPO Law: First Meeting Fails

Minister of Justice Renata Deskoska’s first meeting with all groups in Parliament about the Public Prosecutor’s Office law has failed. VMRO-DPMNE left Friday’s meeting, making two demands: a public debate on the document and participation of Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski. The remarks about the law, in writing, previously announced by the party’s leader, Hristijan Mickoski, will be filed once the ...

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Road Conditions, 27.01.2020

Poor driving conditions are reported throughout the country on mostly wet roads. Certain roadways passing through valleys and canyons can be susceptible to light rockslides, such as Kocani – Makedonska Kamenica – Delcevo, Vinica – Berovo, Gostivar – Straza, Mavrovo – Debar – Struga, Demir Kapija – Udovo, Katlanovo – Veles, Krusevo – Demir Hisar, and Resen – Bukovo. Motorists ...

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Zaev and Mickoski Continue to Present Different Stands on PPO Draft Law

On Thursday, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said he would neither negotiate on nor accept the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) Draft Law. As he added, its only goal is to pardon crime through full control of the PPO. According to VMRO-DPMNE, it’s unacceptable for prosecutors from the former Special Prosecutor’s Office to become part of the Prosecutor’s Office for Organised Crime ...

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