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PS Xhaferi meets Slovenian Counterpart Zidan

A delegation of MPs from the MP group for cooperation with the Slovenian Parliament, joined by parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, started their official visit of Slovenia. On Monday, Xhafri met his Slovenian counterpart Dejan Zidan, who congratulated the Macedonian Parliament on the adoption of the Prespa Agreement and the constitutional changes which secure the integration of Macedonia in NATO and ...

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Greece ratifies NATO Protocol for Accession of Macedonia

The Greek Parliament, after a 10-hour long debate, ratified the Protocol for Accession of Macedonia in NATO with 153 votes in favour and 140 against. “History will judge us,” said Greek PM Alexis Tsipras at the session. Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev congratulated the ratification via Twitter. “Our dear friends, Greece, are the first country to ratify the NATO Protocol. We ...

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PS Xhaferi signs Declaration for Presidential Election 2019

The Speaker of the Macedonian Parliament Talat Xhaferi signed on Friday the Declaration of the Presidential Election 2019, marking the official start of this electoral cycle. The first round of the presidential election is scheduled to take place on 21 April, while the second round is scheduled for 5 May. “I hope that we will have fair and peaceful election, ...

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Hahn: Start of negotiations with Macedonia if Reforms are implemented

The EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn says in an interview for MIA that the EU will start membership negotiations with Macedonia in June 2019 only if the country implements all reforms required for this process. “Given the efforts it took to achieve the signing of the NATO protocol, for which the Prespa Agreement paved the way, I can just applaud ...

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Karakachanov: Macedonia to fully implement Agreement with Bulgaria, Greece

The Bulgarian Vice-PM and Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said in an interview for the Bulgarian radio Fokus that Macedonia has to fulfill all obligations from the agreements signed with Bulgaria and Greece in order to become NATO and EU member. “Official Skopje took the responsibility to conduct all obligations contained in the Prespa Agreement with Greece and the Good-neighbourliness Agreement ...

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Bazdnikin: Western Countries spread Anti-Russian Propaganda in Macedonia

The Russian Ambassador to Macedonia Sergey Bazdnikin accused Western countries for spreading anti-Russian campaign in Macedonia. “Certain Western countries, led by the US, keep on strengthening the anti-Russian rhetoric around the entire world, trying to attract in their propaganda machine as many smaller countries as possible, including Macedonia, accenting the Atlantic solidarity,” Bazdnikin said. The Russian Ambassador notes that official ...

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Greek Committee endorses Law on NATO Protocol for Macedonia

The Standing Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs of the Greek Parliament concluded the 5-hour session on Thursday by endosing the Law on Ratification of the Protocol for Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO. The draft law of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs was submitted to the Greek Parliament on Wednesday. It was signed by ...

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Slovenia prepares Law for Ratification of NATO Protocol for Macedonia

The Slovenian Government announced on Thursday that the text of the draft-law for ratification of the Protocol for Accession of Macedonia in NATO is finalised and that it has been submitted to the Parliament in Ljubljana. “The enlargement of NATO with countries from West Balkan is one of the main catalysts of the development of the region and it also ...

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Zakharova: What will NATO protect Macedonia from?

The Spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova referred at a press conference on Thursday the accession of Macedonia to NATO. “We do not understand what kind of threats will NATO protect Macedonia from? Having in consideration the situation in West Balkan, the only threat is the newly formed army of Kosovo, but thinking of it, will NATO engage ...

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Kocijancic: Freedom of Media is important for EU

The European Commission Spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said in a press conference that EC reminds all political actors in Macedonia that the freedom of the media is very important for the EU. “Even though our report for 2018 for Macedonia noted progress in the freedom of media, there should be no tolerance for physical or verbal harassment over media employees. It ...

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