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Hahn to remain Committed to pledges for WB Progress after October, too

The EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, says that though he doesn’t know what he will do after October, he will remain committed to the pledges for progress of the Western Balkans (WB) whatever he does. According to him, the green light for a start of negotiations for Albania and Macedonia is the best argument ...

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Parliamentary Committee supports Revocation of Gruevski’s MP mandate

On Wednesday, Parliament’s Committee on Mandatory-Immunity Issues supported a revocation of former PM Nikola Gruevski’s MP mandate. Five members voted in favour, while there were no votes against and abstentions. VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs had left the session before the vote. The issue will now be debated at a plenary session. “We will remain principled and respect the laws,” Nevenka Stamenkovska of ...

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New reactions to Staff-related developments at SDSM and announced Reshuffle

“SDSM is essentially changing itself in the interest of the country and citizens,” Kostadin Kostadinov, spokesperson for the ruling party, said on Tuesday regarding the latest developments within the frameworks of SDSM. He also announced the start of the process for new heads of municipal organisations. “Through a public, open call, the process for self-nomination of heads of SDSM’s municipal ...

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President Pendarovski meets MEP Vajgl

On Tuesday, President Stevo Pendarovski held a meeting with Ivo Vajgl, MEP and Rapporteur on Macedonia in the EP. The European Council should acknowledge the country’s efforts and progress at an internal and foreign level and make a decision on a start of accession negotiations, they assessed. According to Pendarovski, he and  exchanged views on the overall political situation, current ...

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PM Zaev meets Slovenian counterpart Sarec

Within the frameworks of his visit to Slovenia, PM Zoran Zaev held a meeting on Tuesday with counterpart Marjan Sarec. The excellent traditional friendly relations between Skopje and Ljubljana were confirmed as a basis for an even more intensive cooperation. Zaev familiarised him with the current political situation in Macedonia, which, with the successful presidential elections and with the pace ...

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FM Dimitrov participates in Meeting in Bratislava

“I expect tomorrow to see a positive Report from the EC and a political decision to open negotiations by the end of the year,” FM Nikola Dimitrov said on Tuesday, when he was part of the annual meeting of ministers from the Visegrad Group and Western Balkan countries. As he added, a decision won’t mean that Macedonia is ready to ...

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SCPC files Two initiatives for Criminal responsibility Over nepotism

The State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) has filed two initiatives for criminal responsibility for two officials over nepotism. That concerns current Prilep Mayor Ilija Jovanovski and former Criminal Court President Vladimir Pancevski in relation to abuse during employment of relatives of theirs. Pancevski employed his nephew during his time as head of the Court even though he wasn’t ...

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Reactions to decisions Announced after Sunday’s SDSM Central Board session

Commenting on the decisions announced after the session of SDSM’s Central Board on Sunday, Skopje Mayor Petre SIlegov, who’s among the six persons that are no longer Vice Presidents of the party, said there should be a distinction between the words “dismissed”, “replaced” and “resigned”. “I, together with the other friends, SDSM Vice Presidents, had offered our resignations last week ...

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President Pendarovski holds New meetings

On Monday, President Stevo Pendarovski held a meeting with FM Nikola Dimitrov. They discussed on several topics, including better cooperation at a President-Foreign Ministry level and the situation in the region. Concrete and essential cooperation is needed between the Cabinet and Foreign Ministry when it comes to issues of shared competence, in function of adjusted performance at an international level ...

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Progress can be Noticed, says EU Ambassador Zbogar

The EU Ambassador to Macedonia, Samuel Zbogar, considers that the country is on the right path as far as its Euro-integration ambitions are concerned. In his view, after everything that’s been done in the last months, progress can be noticed. “We know citizens look at processes with a critical eye, that they expect more. However, much has been done not ...

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