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Tank Case: Committee Recommends Revocation of Gruevski’s MP Mandate

On Wednesday, the Committee on Mandatory-Immunity Issues, with a majority votes in favour, accepted the Court’s request and recommended Parliament to take away Nikola Gruevski’s MP mandate because of the two-year sentence in the Tank case. Five of the nine Committee members voted in favour. The vote wasn’t attended by the VMRO-DPMNE members. Though they had come for the session, ...

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Commission Against Discrimination: Gruevski’s Right to Fair Trial Violated

Judge Dobrila Kacarska has violated Nikola Gruevski’s right to a fair trial, the Commission for Protection against Discrimination decided on Monday, in response to the former PM’s complaint. The Commission, headed by Aleksandar Dastevski, had made in September an identical decision on former Interior Minister Jankuloska. Afterwards, an initiative to dismiss Dastevski was submitted before the Criminal Court. SDSM criticised ...

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Bosnjakovski: ASNOM to Remain in Constitution’s Preamble

ASNOM will remain in the Preamble of the Constitution and will be mentioned twice instead of once. “ASNOM’s Proclamation remains with all made decisions,” Government spokesperson Mile Bosnjakovski said at a press-conference on Wednesday, describing information on social media about the issue as false. Regarding Amendment 35, changes that will be made to Article 3 are a guarantee that Macedonia’s ...

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Hahn Underlines Importance of Name Deal Ratification at Meeting with Mickoski

The EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said on Wednesday he had held a useful talk in Helsinki with VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski. “I was crystal-clear that ratification of the Prespa Agreement must now be finalised fast, without any obstacle. I welcome his commitment not to obstruct procedure in Parliament,” he tweeted. As Hahn added ...

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Hearing over Titanic Case Continues

On Wednesday, the hearing over the Titanic case, opened by the Special Prosecutor’s Office, was stopped at 1 pm. The decision was made because of the request filed by defendants Ilija Dimovski and Nikola Gruevski, who had previously said they needed to attend the session of the Committee on Constitutional Issues. Judge Osman Shabani accepted the request, under the condition ...

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Four Areas in Focus of Plan 18

The judicial system, security-intelligence services, public administration sector and fight against corruption are the areas on which the reforms contained in the Government’s Plan 18 for getting closer to the EU are focused. Plan 18 is continuation of the reforms implemented with Plan 3-6-9. At Tuesday’s briefing with journalists, ruling coalition members said they were waiting for remarks about the ...

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Hahn says 2025 is Realistic Date Only if Criteria are Fulfilled

The EU’s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, says in an interview with Die Welt that 2025 is a realistic date when it comes to accession of new members from the Balkans, but only if the criteria are met. “The 2025 date is indicative, but it is rather realistic only if the implementation of reforms is ...

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Reconciliation Commission Formed

The Reconciliation Commission was formed on Tuesday in Parliament. It will be chaired by Deputy PS Frosina Tasevska-Remenski and MP Emilija Aleksandrova of the independent group of VMRO-DPMNE. The initiative was reviewed at a coordination meeting PS Talat Xhaferi had with coordinators of parliamentary groups and deputy PSs. The first meeting after the decision on the members needs to see ...

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VMRO-DPMNE to Actively Participate in Constitutional Changes Debate

VMRO-DPMNE will actively participate in the debate on the constitutional amendments. The party’s new parliamentary group coordinator, Nikola Micevski, said on Tuesday that VMRO-PDMNE would just debate and not file amendments at the current stage. The ruling coalition is calm. In its view, VMRO-DPMNE wouldn’t be able stop the constitutional change through filibustering even if it wanted to. The debate ...

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MP Mukoski: Court should Allow More Time for Work in Parliament

Krsto Mukoski, who is part of the new parliamentary group, considers that the Criminal Court should allow him to have more time for the MP position. Part of the MPs charged in the trial over the 27 April 2017 attacks in Parliament think that it’s necessary for them to have more free time so that they get involved in Parliament’s ...

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