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“Mini Schengen” Initiative Rebranded as Open Balkan

PM Zoran Zaev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian PM Edi Rama took part on Thursday in the Skopje Economic Forum, where they revealed the new name of the “Mini Schengen” Imitative, which from now on will be known as Open Balkan. During the Forum, the heads of states also signed three cooperation contracts: Contract for Cooperation in protection and ...

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Parliament Adopts Resolution on Red Lines in Negotiations with Bulgaria

The Parliament adopted on Thursday with 95 votes in favour the Resolution proposed by VMRO-DPMNE for definition of the state position in the negotiations with Bulgaria over the open bilateral issues between the two countries which pose an obstacle for the process of accession of North Macedonia in the EU. The MPs also supported the amendment to the Resolution filed ...

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Gardev: We Want to See Skopje in EU

The International Secretary of the Bulgarian political party There Is Such a People (ITN) Dimitar Gardev said that the enlargement of the EU with North Macedonia is very important for Bulgaria. “Bulgaria needs to have a more unified foreign policy. Main focus should be the EU and its enlargement. We want to see Skopje integrated in the EU, and our ...

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SCPC Reacts Against Process for Adoption of Changes to Electoral Code

The State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) issued an official reaction to the Parliamentary procedure for adoption of the Draft-changes to the Electoral Code proposed by the ruling majority in a shortened procedure. “The recommendations issued by the Mission of OSCE/ODIHR clearly state that changes to the Electoral Code should not be adopted in a period of six months ...

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Parliament Adopts Changes to Law on Citizenship

With 59 votes in favour, the Parliament adopted on Thursday the Changes to the Law on Citizenship, proposed by the MP group of the Alliance for Albanians (AA). The MPs from VMRO-DPMNE and Levica, as well as three MPs from the ruling majority headed by SDSM voted against the adoption of the changes. The law-changes establish 16 conditions which stateless ...

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Mickoski: We Can Form Alliance with Everyone Who is Against SDSM and Zaev

President of VMRO-DPMNE Hristijan Mickoski said at a press conference that his party is ready to establish alliance with all parties who oppose the rule of PM Zoran Zaev and SDSM. “All who believe that the government led by SDSM and DUI conducts wrong and counterproductive policies of which the citizens experience no benefits whatsoever are welcome to form an ...

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Changes to Electoral Code to Be Processed in Parliament in Shortened Procedure

With 85 votes in favour and 2 against, the Parliament of Macedonia adopted the necessity for adopting the Changes to the Electoral Code in a shortened procedure. Right after the adoption, a session of the Parliamentary Committee for Political System and Inter-community Relations was started for processing of the law-changes, but was immediately postponed for indefinite period of time due ...

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Serbian President Vucic, Albanian PM Rama Arrive in Skopje

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian PM Edi Rama arrived on Wednesday evening in Skopje, in order to attend on Thursday a meeting with PM Zoran Zaev in scope of the “Mini-Schengen” Initiative between their respective countries. Upon their arrival, Vucic and Rama were welcomed by PM Zaev and Skopje Mayor Petre Silegov, who also gave them a small tour ...

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Project for Monitoring of Cases over Corruption and Organised Crime Promoted

Justice Minister Bojan Maricik, EU Ambassador David Geer and Head of OSCE Mission in Skopje Clemens Koja presented on Wednesday the presentation of the project supported by OSCE and EU for monitoring over judicial processes for cases of corruption and organised crime in the country. “I believe that this project will help us increase the responsibility in the processing of ...

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Appeal Court Annuls Verdict in Titanic 3 Case

The Appeal Court in Skopje has reached a decision to annul the verdict reached by the Skopje Criminal Court over the Titanic 3 case. In this case, DUI members Ismet Guri and Ejup Alimi were found guilty of electoral fraud and destruction of electoral materials during the local election in 2013 in the Municipality of Cair, giving them prison sentences ...

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