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171 SPO cases Taken over by SPO

The Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) has taken over a total of 171 cases from the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO). The priority will be given to cases over which court proceedings are underway, according to the PPO. As it was explained on Friday, cases over which there is an investigation and a pre-investigation procedure will be allocated additionally. So far, with ...

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PM Zaev: Working groups for PPO law not Far from Deal

PM Zoran Zaev, who is also the leader of and SDSM, said on Friday that he would meet the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski, regarding the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law. However, he added that that would happen once the working groups signalled to both of them that there was progress. According to Zaev, there is constant communication between representatives ...

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VMRO-DPMNE leader Mickoski in Interview with MIA

In an interview with MIA, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski says that the government doesn’t want the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law to be adopted and that SDSM wants to halt the entire process because Zoran Zaev’s party wants to implement legal violence in the confrontation with the people not sharing its political views. According to him, since the failed leaders’ ...

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Judicial Reform Strategy Council holds Session

Electing a chief of any public prosecutor’s office nominated by political parties, including the opposition, is a solution that opens a door to politicize the public prosecutor’s system, the members of the Council in charge of implementation of the Judicial Reform Strategy, after the 13th session, held on Friday. As it was said in the press-release, Justice Minister Renata Deskoska ...

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PS Xhaferi returns VMRO-DPMNE’s proposal for Committee of Inquiry

PS Talat Xhaferi has returned, in writing, VMRO-DPMNE’s proposal for a Committee of Inquiry to look into the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for further work. As he explained on Friday, the proposal didn’t contain the country’s constitutional name. The opposition party now has 15 days to remove the shortcomings identified by the PS. Reacting to Xhaferi’s decision, VMRO-DPMNE ...

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Deputy PM Osmani meets German Minister for Europe Roth

The Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani held a meeting on Thursday with German Minister for Europe Michael Roth. Osmani said he’d received confirmation from Roth that the German Government would support a date for negotiations for Macedonia and that it would firmly defend that stand during the decision-making process within the frameworks of the Bundestag. “I’ve received confirmation ...

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Bulgaria to set Conditions for Macedonia’s EU integration if no Deal is reached

In front of the Bulgarian Commission in charge of solving the historical issues with Macedonia, Bulgaria’s President, Rumen Radev, said that his country couldn’t be an unreserved supporter of Skopje’s Euro-integration processes if the Commission wasn’t sure that all disputed issues would be resolved by the day the EU should voice a stand on potentially giving a membership negotiations. “The ...

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US very Hopeful membership Negotiations will be Opened for Macedonia

The US Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, expects Macedonia to start negotiations with the EU in October. As he says in an interview with Voice of America (VOA), his country is very hopeful that the country will get the opening of the negotiations following the European Council meeting in mid-October. “We believe that the government in North ...

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State leadership Starting fight Against fake News

The state leadership is starting a fight against fake news as a big threat to security and democracy in modern society. “Propaganda and disinformation have the potential to promote violence and hate speech and to reduce trust in democratic values,” PM Zoran Zaev said at the constitutive meeting of the Action Group that will coordinate institutions in the fight. “In ...

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Trial over Thaler 2 case Postponed

Judge Daniela Aleksova Stojanovska postponed on Thursday the trial over the Thaler 2 case, which concerns the construction of VMRO-DPMNE’s HQ in the centre of Skopje, for 15 October. The reason was further organising the defendants’ powers of attorney. Previously, the lawyers of defendants Nikola Gruevski, former PM, and Kiril Bozinovski, ex-Government Sec Gen, had requested for postponement. Among the ...

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