Author Archives: Sasko Golov

Government Includes Eight MPs’ Demands in Draft Amendments

The Government has included the following demands by the eight MPs from the independent parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition in the draft amendments: a guarantee for strengthening the Macedonian identity, a gradual change of the name for internal use and annulment of the constitutional changes if the name deal isn’t ratified by Greece. Friday saw the eight politicians ...

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PM Zaev calls for Inclusive Process to Continue

At a press-conference on Friday, PM Zoran Zaev said the demands by BESA and Alliance for Albanians regarding constitutional changes caused changes that weren’t of identity and Ohrid Framework Agreement nature. However, he added MPs had a legitimate right to demand that. The PM called for the inclusive process to continue. Zaev hopes that the spring of 2019 will see ...

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Gruevski’s Appeal for Postponement of Start of Sentence Rejected

A judge for execution of sanctions with the Criminal Court has rejected the appeal filed by former PM Nikola Gruevski for the start of the two-year prison sentence in the Tank case, opened by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, to be postponed. The decision has been sent to the parties in the procedure, which have a right to file appeal it ...

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VMRO-DPMNE MPs not Support Revocation of Gruevski’s Immunity

VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs will not vote in favour of revocation of the immunity of former party leader Nikola Gruevski in the Tank case. On Saturday, the party reiterated its stand that Gruevski, who is now an MP, is a victim of political persecution by SDSM. The previous day, the coordinator of VMRO-DPMNE’s independent parliamentary group, former Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska, ...

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Criminal Court Rejects VMRO-DPMNE’s Appeal Over frozen Assets

The Criminal Court has rejected VMRO-DPMNE’s appeal and confirmed the decision to freeze the party’s assets. The procedure is related to the Thalir case, opened by the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO). According to Hristijan Mickoski’s party, the decision to freeze the assets should be annulled because it is unfounded “In order to please PM Zoran Zaev, the obedient judiciary accepted ...

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Assets Frozen Within Frameworks of Investigation into Post Bank Case

On Friday, a judge in a previous procedure of the Criminal Court, upon a request from the Special Prosecutor’s Office, made a decision temporarily freezing assets in the investigation into the Post Bank case. The frozen assets of belong to Evropa 92 and NOEL export-import, as well as to the two legal entities’ owners, Ratko Dimitrovski and Tome Glavcev, respectively, ...

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Spasovski, Angelovski: OTA officially starts working

In a mutual press conference, the Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski and the Director of the newly formed Operational-Technical Agency (OTA) Zoran Angelovski announced the official start of functioning of the new agency. OTA is to replace the Bureau for Security and Counter-intelligence (UBK), which was revealed to be a subject of great corruption and abuse of power in the past ...

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Osmani: Greece becomes greatest supporter of our Integration in NATO, EU

The Vice-PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani met Thursday in Athens the Greek Alternative Foreign Minister Georgios Katrougalos. At the meeting the interlocutors spoke about the opportunities for cooperation between the two countries in both political and economic field. “There are numerous ongoing projects connected to the trust-building measures, with ultimate goal to improve the communication and good relations between ...

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Criminal Court freezes assets of VMRO-DPMNE

The Criminal Court, by request of the Special Public Prosecution (SPO) in relation to the “Thaler” case, froze assets of VMRO-DPMNE.  This was revealed by SPO via their official profile on Facebook. The assets include 69 real estates owned by the party, including the Skopje-based building where their main headquarters are located. The total value of the real estates is ...

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Vecer: Byrnes to replace Baily as US Ambassador by end of 2018

The Deputy Chief of Mission of the US in Athens Kate Marie Byrnes is to replace Jess Baily on the position of US Ambassador to Macedonia by the end of 2018, daily newspaper Vecer reports. Citing sources from within the US Embassy in Skopje, Vecer reports that Baily’s mandate as ambassador is to run out by the end of 2018. ...

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