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New Methodology Mustn’t be Condition for Start of Negotiations, Romeo Says

The negotiations methodology should give dynamism, not complicate, the enlargement process. This is the stand of Italy, which considers that the new methodology can take place simultaneously with reforms of the EU. In an interview with Radio Free Europe, Italian Ambassador Carlo Romeo says the new methodology mustn’t be a condition for a start of negotiations with Tirana and Skopje. ...

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Sassoli: European Parliament Expects Start of Negotiations

At a press-conference about the Brexit developments, on Friday, answering a journalist’s question, David Sassoli said the European Parliament expected a start of negotiations with Skopje and Tirana. Asked what Brexit meant about the enlargement policy, the European Parliament President reiterated that he had held several days prior a meeting with all Parliament Speakers from the Western Balkans. Sassoli hopes ...

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New Meeting over PPO Law to be Held Friday

A new meeting over the text of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law will be held on Friday. The remarks resulting from the two-day public debate will be discussed. On Thursday, SDSM leader Zoran Zaev called for the document to be adopted because of its importance to both the European future and the rule of law in the country. His ...

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Italian PM Conte Believes Skopje and Tirana Should Join EU as Soon as Possible

At Thursday’s meeting in Sofia with Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said Skopje and Tirana should join the EU as soon as possible. Also, he welcomed Bulgaria’s role and support regarding enlargement and the issue of opening negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. Borissov said his country and its western neighbour would this year co-chair the Berlin Process. ...

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Greece had Very Positive Stand in October, Osmani Tells Kathimerini

Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani says for Kathimerini that Greece had a very positive stand at the EU Summit in October. “I’m highlighting this because your country was presenting the new government and all of us feared there would be a more different approach. However, it offered full support for a start of negotiations to us,” he tells ...

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Caretaker PM Spasovski Comments on Several Topics

On Thursday, caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski said it was important to adopt a Public Prosecutor’s Office law that would primarily mean that there would be justice for all citizens and that wouldn’t allow any individual to be protected. “The Government and I are absolutely against any law that will prevent criminal procedures against anybody,” he said, adding that everyone should ...

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Foreign Minister Dimitrov Starts Visit to Germany

In the frames of his first day of his visit to Berlin, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov held a meeting with German Minister for Europe Michael Roth. “On several occasions in the past year and a half, we were exceptionally close to achieving success and valorising the joint efforts for opening of EU negotiations with North Macedonia,” he said. As Dimitrov ...

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PS Xhaferi: Defence Law not Precondition for NATO Membership

Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi said on Thursday that the Defence Law was not a precondition for NATO membership. According to him, it is preferred for the document to be adopted because, according to the decision-making principles in NATO, competences are supposed to be transferred to the Government because of the quickness in terms of decision-making. Regarding the changes to the ...

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Trial over Extortion Case Continues

The furniture found in ex-Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva’s home had been selected by suspect Bojan Jovanovski. It needed to be paid by 1TV. The owner of the furniture store recognised it on the photos. It cost around 5,000 euros, but the medium wasn’t paying the invoice. As a guarantee of the payment, 2,750 euros were given, which was registered on ...

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Public Room Group on Telegram Service Shut Down

The Javna soba (Public Room) group on the Telegram service was shut down today upon a request of the Interior Ministry, the institution confirmed on Wednesday. The Ministry added that the request had been sent during the weekend. Two days prior, the group’s admin and creator had been detained. They’re expected to face charges. The investigation is being carried out ...

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