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Derkoski: SEC to Work in Line with Laws

New State Election Commission (SEC) president Oliver Derkoski has told MIA that the Commission will first be constituted and afterwards implement the name referendum. “The first step will be SEC’s constitutive session, followed by the implementation of a referendum. I hope we will be successful in responding to the tasks at hand, in compliance with the laws and the Constitution,” ...

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PM Zaev Responds to MP Questions

Speaking of reforms taken in all spheres prior to the EU accession talks in June 2019, PM Zoran Zaev at the MP Q&A session called on the parliament to unblock the Law on Media and the Law on Agency for Audio and Audio-Visual Media Services (AAVMU). According to Zaev, reforms in the public administration should lead to depoliticised and professional ...

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Norway Offers Support for Reforms

Norway’s Ambassador to Macedonia Arne Sannes Bjørnstad and Vice Premier for European Affairs Bujar Osmani signed a Memorandum at the Secretariat for European Affairs on Thursday to announce Norway’s support for Macedonia’s EU integration. Norway will provide EUR 3 to 5 million to finance reforms and development projects in line with EU and NATO standards. “The signing of the Memorandum ...

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FM Dimitrov Report in Parliament Delayed Again

The Parliament’s foreign policy committee, where Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov was supposed to deliver a presentation of Macedonia’s foreign policy, didn’t open a discussion for a second day in a row after committee chairman Antonio Milososki kept on insisting that the MPs holding security clearance should be given classified documents from two meetings of top government officials and the President ...

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City of Skopje and Karpos Donate Aid to Athens

At its emergency meeting held Thursday, the Council of the City of Skopje has agreed to send humanitarian aid amounting to MKD 2,000,000 to the victims in the recent wildfires in Greece. “Today is a sad day for our city,” Mayor Petre Shilegov said. “We are commemorating 55 years from the catastrophic earthquake that struck Skopje in 1963. “It was ...

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Deputy FM Zernovski Meets US Officials

Deputy Foreign Minister Andrej Zernovski held Wednesday meetings with officials from the White House, the Congress and the Atlantic Council on the first day of his visit to the United States. Deputy FM Zernovski also attended the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held in Washington at the invitation of US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...

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President Ivanov Receives Credentials from UK and Saudi Arabia Ambassadors

President Gjorge Ivanov on Thursday in Ohrid was presented with the credentials of the new ambassadors of the UK and Saudi Arabia to Macedonia. While receiving the credentials of British Ambassador Rachel Galloway, President Ivanov said there was joint interest to further strengthen the excellent ties between the two countries, especially in terms of business cooperation and trade, his office ...

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Parliament Forms SEC; Amends Government and Party Funding Laws

Within its 56th session the Parliament of Macedonia with 100 votes in favour and without any against or abstentions elected the President, Vice President and members of the State Election Commission. The continuation of the session also saw adoption of amendments to the Electoral Code with 99 votes in favour and the laws on Government and funding of political parties ...

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Macedonia Launches NATO Pre-Accession Talks

Macedonia is launching the NATO pre-accession talks, after the country officially received the membership invitation at the Alliance Summit in Brussels on July 12. A NATO delegation led by head of the Euro-Atlantic & Global Partnership Office at NATO, James Mackey, is visiting Macedonia for discussions on political, security, defence, financial and legal issues related to the membership negotiations with ...

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PM Zaev: Referendum Ideally by 30 September

PM Zoran Zaev believes that the parliament is to adopt a decision for announcing the referendum by 30 July so as it can be held on 30 September. Answering a journalist question, the PM said if needed the referendum is to be organised without opposition VMRO-DPMNE in case talks prove fruitless. According to him, VMRO-DPMNE must clearly present its stand ...

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