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Leaders Meeting in Shortened Format Held, Still no Agreement

The leaders’ meeting on Thursday, taking place in shortened format i.e. the leaders and one representatives from the four biggest political parties, was concluded after nearly four hours, but no agreement was reached around the issues related to the coming referendum and the formation of the State Election Commission. The meeting was attended by the leaders of SDSM, DUI, VMRO-DPMNE ...

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Journalist Associations React to Incident with Photographers at Leaders Meeting

Photographer Borce Popovski was able freely to take pictures at the leadership meeting. Unlike the day before when journalists were labelled as security threat outside the entrance of the MP Club at Thursday’s meeting there were no obstacles. The journalists levelled harsh criticism at Marjan Zabrcanec, advisor to the PM, who accused journalists of being silent for 11 years and ...

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Minister Mancevski: New Political Behaviour Standards Set

Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Mancevski presented Thursday the activities of the Macedonian government for improving the transparency and accountability of state institutions at an international conference on open government partnership, taking place in Tbilisi. “We have obliged all state institutions to publish a list of 21 documents of public interest. The public procurement deals are no longer ...

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Genimata Opposes Name Deal

The Greek government has made dangerous concessions over the language and the nationality, thus opening new issues instead of closing old ones. The agreement is unacceptable for us, says Movement for Change leader Fofi Gennimata. According to her, the party wants instead a sustainable agreement with the neighboring country, an agreement eliminating any type of irredentism and future nationalistic aspirations. ...

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Parliament Adopts Declaration for NATO Membership

Parliament at its Thursday’s continuation of the 53rd session unanimously adopted the Declaration on supporting Macedonia’s accession process for NATO membership. The Declaration was adopted by a vote of 76 in favour without any votes against or abstained. SDSM’s MP Hari Lokvenec said that NATO admission directly brings security and stability, and also indirectly affects not military but economic benefits. ...

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Mickoski Leaves Leaders’ Meeting; Possible Referendum Question Presented

‘Are you in favour of EU and NATO membership by accepting the Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece’ is the possible referendum question as stated by PM Zoran Zaev following the leaders meeting held in the MPs Club.At the meeting which lasted for more than four hours the leaders of parliamentary parties with more than ...

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Agreement Initialed for Frontex 2 Services in Macedonia

The European Commission and Macedonia in Brussels on Wednesday initialled an agreement for cooperation of border police – known as Frontex 2 – after months of negotiations. Once in force, the agreement will allow the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) to carry out joint operations with and within Macedonia. Frontex 2 aims at reinforcing the EU’s external borders ...

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Russian MoFA Spokesperson on Name Deal and Allegations

The name agreement between Macedonia and Greece is not based on wide consensus, claims Maria Zakharova, spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry. She wrote on Twitter that the deal has been causing rift both in Macedonia and in Greece, instead of unity. “A name solution should rely on a wide social consensus and impeccable constitutional basis. The Prespa Agreement offers ...

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President Ivanov Meets Moldovan Officials

President Gjorge Ivanov met Wednesday with Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip and Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu. Ivanov and Filip welcomed the friendly relations between the two countries, expressing interest to boosting overall bilateral cooperation, Ivanov’s office said in a press release. They also examined the opportunities to increase economic cooperation through use of present potentials and improving the agreed framework ...

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DUI Leader Ahmeti Organises Reception in Honour of NATO Invitation

Political parties should work on ironing their differences so that Macedonia could realize the well-known goals – the implementation of the name deal with Greece, which opens the way for the country to join NATO and start the EU accession talks, DUI leader Ali Ahmeti said Wednesday. There is no other alternative for Macedonia but the EU, NATO membership, which ...

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