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Health Minister Filipce Express Concern over Markings of Eid al-Fitr

Despite the Government’s appeals, a huge number of Muslims headed to mosques to observe Eid al-Fitr on Sunday. Islamic Religious Community Head Sulejman Rexhepi, who was part of the ceremony in Skopje’s Mustafa Pasha Mosque, declared victory over the coronavirus. A big part of believers wore face masks in line with protection measures. After the prayer, Rexhepi, who’s 74, also ...

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Health Ministry Data on Coronavirus-related Cases over Three-day Weekend

“Over the past 24 hours, 21 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed,” the Public Health Institute said on Monday. It was added that the same period had seen 17 new cured patients. There are currently 447 active cases in Macedonia. The Health Ministry had informed also of cases in the previous three days, that is, Friday saw one new death, ...

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Divided Stands from SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE on Election Issue Continue

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev believes that it’s necessary for a solution to be found responsibly so that the elections are held before the start of summer, mostly due to the health of people. After Saturday’s meeting with MP candidates from the party, he said elections were a solution, not a problem. The former PM considers that an election process is ...

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Osmani: Draft Negotiating Framework Expected in June

Macedonia expects to receive the draft negotiating framework in June, while the annual report has been postponed for September, according to Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani. After 3 June, the draft will be considered in the frames of COELA, where national positions will be presented. As he added, there might be certain influence at the level of the ...

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58-hour Curfew Proposed by Infectious Diseases Committee

On Wednesday, the Infectious Diseases Committee proposed to the Government to introduce a curfew for the coming weekend lasting from Saturday at 7 pm to Tuesday at 5 am. Non-compliance with protection measures over the past days, primarily as a result of family gatherings, which has resulted in an increase of coronavirus cases, is the reason for the Committee’s decision. ...

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Answers from Diseases Committee, SEC and OSCE/ODIHR Received, Says PM

According to caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski, the Government has received answers from the Infectious Diseases Committee, the State Election Commission (SEC), and the OSCE/ODIHR. They, he explained on Wednesday, expect an election date and to start preparations on the basis of that. As Spasovski added, the Committee has issued a protocol, while the SEC has informed of deadlines needed to ...

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Macedonia to Get 160 Million Euros from Assistance Package

The Council of the EU adopted on Wednesday a decision to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms, it was said in the press-release. Macedonia will ...

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Health Ministry: 19 New COVID-19 Cases, 16 Cured Patients and 4 Deaths

“Over the past 24 hours, 19 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed,” the Public Health Institute said on Tuesday. There were 512 coronavirus tests.  It was added that the same period had seen 16 cured patients, while four new deaths had been registered, that is, two patients from Skopje and one each from Prilep and Tetovo.  Currently, the number of ...

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SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE Once Again Present Unchanged Stands on Elections

SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE remain divided over the issue of elections. The former is adamant that Macedonia’s Constitution and laws require elections in June, with 21 June being the option it considers most suitable, whereas the latter is of the opinion that the process should take place at the end of the summer. However, both sides hope they will reach a ...

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Negotiating Framework to be Presented in June, Says Varhelyi

In front of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi confirmed that the negotiating frameworks for Skopje and Tirana would come in June. On the other hand, the reports on the reform progress of Western Balkan countries will be postponed for September. The Commissioner added that the European Commission’s focus was primarily on Skopje ...

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