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Mickoski criticises SDSM for not Getting date for Negotiations right Away

On Wednesday, VMRO-DPMNE leader criticised SDSM because of, as he said, Macedonia’s failure to get a clear recommendation for a start of accession negotiations with the EU right away. “The only thing Macedonia has received is hope that the criteria for setting a date will perhaps be met this time next year,” he noted. Mickoski stated that the government had ...

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EC: Preparations for Talks with Macedonia and Albania to start

Following the General Affairs Council’s conclusions on Tuesday for a conditional start of negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, the preparations for those talks will start, according to the EC. As spokesperson Margaritis Schinas stated on Wednesday, the EC is now starting the work on preparations and, as the Council’s conclusions say, will continue to support tangible and sustainable results, especially ...

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Rose-Roth Seminar starts in Skopje

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s 98th Rose-Roth Seminar started in Skopje on Wednesday. The three-day event is dedicated to “Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Western Balkans: Reinforcing the European Peace Project”. PS Talat Xhaferi said he was convinced the name agreement between Skopje and Athens would be fully implemented by the two sides by the end of 2018 at the latest and ...

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PM Zaev delivers Address at debate in Vienna

Within the frameworks of his visit to Vienna, PM Zoran Zaev delivered an address in the Austrian Institute for International Affairs, which, together with the European Fund for the Balkans and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, organised the debate “Towards a Common European Future for Southeastern Europe: The Case of Macedonia”. As he pointed out, in one year, ...

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Macedonia Gets Conditional Date for Start of EU Accession Talks – in June 2019

With the achieved progress, Macedonia has opened the path to starting accession negotiations in June 2019. At Tuesday’s meeting in Luxembourg, the EU Council conditioned the decision with the implementation of the necessary reforms. The meeting saw the Council decide that Macedonia set the road towards a start of negotiations in June 2019 due to the achieved progress. According to ...

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Reactions to EU Council’s Decision on Macedonia

On Tuesday, the EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, in a statement for Telma TV, congratulated Macedonia’s citizens on the EU Council’s decision. “Now, it’s clear that we will start negotiations in June next year and we can, as a Commission, immediately start preparing these negotiations from tomorrow onward,” he said. PM Zoran Zaev, too, ...

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PM Zaev Meets Austrian Chancellor Kurz in Vienna

On Tuesday, PM Zoran Zaev held a meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna. At the joint press-conference following the meeting, Kurz said his country strongly supported Macedonia regarding a start of accession negotiations with the EU. According to him, Macedonia deserves that. The Austrian Chancellor added that his country would do everything it could in order for the ...

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Reactions to President Ivanov’s Decision not to Sign Decree for Name Deal

Government spokesperson Mile Bosnjakovski said on Tuesday that President Gjorge Ivanov’s decision and non-signing of the decree for ratification of the name agreement would not impact the deal’s implementation. “As far as Ivanov’s decision is concerned, it had been expected. However, it doesn’t affect the steps, i.e. the implementation of the stages of the agreement. The Greek government has already ...

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Reactions to Macedonia-Greece Name Deal Continue

The reactions to the name agreement reached between Macedonia and Greece have continued in both countries. “The highest national interests have been jeopardised by the disgraceful deal with Greece. PM Zoran Zaev has given up on all national positions defended by previous governments and politicians, regardless of their political affiliation,” VMRO-DPMNE said on Tuesday. SDSM rejected the accusations. “The final ...

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NATO Sec Gen Stoltenberg Specifies Conditions for Macedonia Invitation

NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg specified on Monday the conditions for Macedonia getting an invitation. “Of course, the decision will be taken by Heads of State and Government at our Summit in July, but I expect and I hope that the Heads of State and Government can agree to start accession talks. Then, of course, we’ll all be able to ...

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