Author Archives: Sasko Golov

Working breakfast: Dutch FM Blok underlines Importance of reforms

The Netherlands and France are still reserved in terms of whether Macedonia is genuinely ready to start EU membership negotiations. The two countries were greatly reserved also during in June 2018. However, after Monday’s working breakfast with EU FMs, it became clear that, finally, seriously fighting crime and corruption as well as genuine implementation of reforms will be of key ...

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PM Zaev comments on Several topics

If Stevo Pendarovski loses in the presidential elections to Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, early elections will be organised, according to PM Zoran Zaev. As he said on Monday, his party, SDSM, still has a lead oever VMRO-DPMNE, but it is small. The PM also stated on Monday that he didn’t expect President Gjorge Ivanov to amnesty somebody before the end of ...

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Working groups’ Meetings start

The meetings between the working groups for approximation of the laws needed for a date to start EU negotiations started on Monday. At the Justice Ministry, VMRO-DPMNE’s working group met with Minister Renata Deskoska and DUI representatives. The Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) Draft Law was on the agenda. Deskoska isn’t sure whether the Draft Laws will be adopted before the ...

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Russia recognises New constitutional Name

On Monday, Russia recognised the new constitutional name, the Republic of North Macedonia. As it was said in the press-release issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, a note from the Macedonian Foreign Ministry was sent to the Russian Embassy in Skopje about the name change. “The Russian Federation recognised that country under the new name – the Republic of North ...

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Public debate on Security Service Law

One of the main remarks presented by experts at a debate held on Monday on the new Security Service Law was that the PM will have unlimited power in the Security Service Coordination Council. They consider that the Council should include the President and Parliament Speaker.  Remarks were also presented about the way in which the internal control would be ...

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Road Conditions, 19.03.2019

Good driving conditions are reported throughout the country on predominantly dry 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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27 April case: 16 defendants Given combined Sentence of 211 years in Prison

The verdicts in the trial over the 27 April 2017 attacks in Parliament were announced on Friday. Former Public Security Bureau Director Mitko Cavkov was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Dusko Lazarov, Mitko Pesov, Goran Gjosevski, Munir Pepic, Jane Cento, Vlatko Trajkovski and Nikola Mitrevski were each given 15 years. Vilijam Mihajlovski was sentenced to 14 years in prison, ...

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Part of defendants Convicted in 27 April case React to sentences

Some of those sentenced in the 27 April case have reacted to the sentences. Former Public Security Bureau Director Mitko Cavkov said on Facebook the sentence was draconic. Also, he called for unification against the government and announced a lawsuit over the official remark that had seen him issued a detention measure two days prior. The same day, Igor Jug ...

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Political reactions to Sentences in 27 April case

Commenting on the sentences announced by the Criminal Court in the 27 April case, VMRO-DPMNE said on Friday the Court and government had “buried the legal state”. Describing the sentences as draconic, the party added that they were a result of the political pressure being exerted by the government in the pre-election period. In response, SDSM stated that VMRO-DPMNE and ...

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FM Dimitrov meets Greek PS Voutsis in Athens

On Friday, FM Nikola Dimitrov held a meeting in Athens with Greek PS Nikolaos Voutsis. They said they were satisfied because the internal procedures in the two countries regarding the ratification of the Prespa Agreement and it entering into force had ended. Dimitrov and Voutsis also expressed the two sides’ pledges to successfully implement the deal. “I think we’ve unlocked ...

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