Author Archives: Sasko Golov

Around 30 parties Unite to support Positive answer in Name referendum

Around 30 political parties that support a positive answer in the name referendum have united to support in the coming period the name deal and EU and NATO integration for Macedonia. Led by SDSM, they will urge citizens to participate and vote in favour. In their view, the deal is opening Macedonia’s doors for NATO and EU membership. They reserve ...

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President Ivanov to reportedly not be in Macedonia on referendum Day

President Gjorge Ivanov will not be in Macedonia on referendum day, 30 September, several media reported on Thursday. His Cabinet didn’t reveal an official stand. Based on the reports, according to the Cabinet, Ivanov will represent Macedonia at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “His absence from the country is a result of the agreed-upon so-called rotation system, ...

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US Ambassador Baily underlines Importance of referendum

During a visit to Prilep on Thursday, where he held several meetings, US Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily underlined the importance of the referendum. “My main message for the young is for them to seize this opportunity and become the EU and NATO future. After the referendum, you’ll become North Macedonia and when you become a member of NATO and, ...

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Hearings over Two SPO cases Continue

Thursday’s hearing over the case concerning the 2013 violence in the Municipality of Centar ended after just one witness, New Alternative Councillor Nikola Gjeorgjievski, had testified. Lawyer Boro Tasevski, after the end of the hearing, complained of Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva’s stand, presented on Wednesday, that the Criminal Court should increase the dynamism of hearings over cases run by the ...

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Criminal Court comments on Reactions to scheduling of Hearings

Commenting on the stands presented by lawyer Boro Tasevski and Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva about the hearings over Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) cases, the Criminal Court said on Thursday the rights of the parties in the cases were fully respected. As it added, efforts are underway for precise and adjusted schedules for main hearings. “In September, there are 10 scheduled ...

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ODIHR opens Observation mission for Name referendum in Macedonia

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) formally opened on Monday a referendum observation mission (ROM) for the 30 September referendum in the Macedonia.  The mission’s deployment follows an invitation from the country’s authorities. The mission is led by Ambassador Jan Petersen and consists of a core team of 13 experts based in Skopje and 20 long-term ...

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Zaev: SDSM to Try to form Coalition with Many parties for Referendum

“For now, SDSM has no projection when it comes to the amount it will spend for the referendum campaign, but all money from the budget that will be spent in that regard will exclusively be used to lease media space,” PM Zoran Zaev said on Tuesday. According to him, that money will not be given to MPs. As Zaev added, ...

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VMRO-DPMNE leader Mickoski not Optimistic about Referendum

Unlike PM Zoran Zaev, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski is not optimistic when it comes to the referendum. In an interview with Alfa TV, he says that the government, too, is aware that the name deal with Greece is bad and that there is a great chance of the referendum not being successful. Also, he reiterates his party stand about supporting ...

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Everything is in Macedonian citizens’ Hands, says Commissioner Hahn

The EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, is adamant that everything is in the Macedonian citizens’ hands – whether they want to bring back the country to the isolation it exited difficultly or see it become part of the Euro-Atlantic structures. In his view, there is no plan B. “I think all of us worked ...

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US Congress members Hold meetings in Skopje

US Congress members Bill Flores, Gerry Connolly, Dina Titus, Susan Davis and David Price, within their frameworks of their visit to Macedonia, held a meeting with PM Zoran Zaev on Monday at which they congratulated him on the name deal. Also, they acknowledged the reform processes so far. The meeting was attended by, among others, Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska, FM ...

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