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“Mini Schengen” Initiative Rebranded as Open Balkan

PM Zoran Zaev, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Albanian PM Edi Rama took part on Thursday in the Skopje Economic Forum, where they revealed the new name of the “Mini Schengen” Imitative, which from now on will be known as Open Balkan. During the Forum, the heads of states also signed three cooperation contracts: Contract for Cooperation in protection and ...

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Changes to Electoral Code to Be Processed in Parliament in Shortened Procedure

With 85 votes in favour and 2 against, the Parliament of Macedonia adopted the necessity for adopting the Changes to the Electoral Code in a shortened procedure. Right after the adoption, a session of the Parliamentary Committee for Political System and Inter-community Relations was started for processing of the law-changes, but was immediately postponed for indefinite period of time due ...

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Taekwondoka Georgievski Wins Silver Medal at 2020 Summer Olympiad

Macedonian taekwondoka Dejan Georgievski has won a silver medal at the Summer Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo, the highest achievement of a Macedonian representative at a Summer Olympiad since the country’s independence. Georgievski reached the finals in the men’s +80kg category where he was defeated by Russian taekwondo practitioner Vladislav Larin with a result 15:9. This is the second medal ...

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Prison Sentences for Defendants in Case of Organisers of 27 April Incidents

The Criminal Court in Skopje determined prison sentences for former Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski (6 and a half years), former Education Minister Spiro Ristovski (6 years and 3 months), former Transport Minister Mile Janakieski (6 years and 3 months) and former Head of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence Vladimir Atanasovski (6 years) after finding them guilty of the acts ...

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Xhaferi to Announce Election Date, Either 17 or 31 October

Prime Minister Zaev offers 31 October, while VMRO-DPMNE 17 October as a day for the first round of local elections. The opposition believes that this is the last constitutional deadline in which the new mayors should be elected, because the mandate of the current ones ends on 18 October. Prime Minister Zaev said that this could be regulated by amendments ...

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Zaev Proposes Local Elections to be Held on 31 October

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev announced that he had already met with Menduh Thaci and Bilal Kasami regarding the upcoming local elections, and by the end of this week he should see Ali Ahmeti, in regard of SDSM supporting the coalition’s candidates. In general, as he said, everyone is realistic in terms of positioning and confirms mutual assistance. According to Zaev, ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Returns No-Confidence Motion Against Talat Xhaferi

VMRO-DPMNE MPs returned the no-confidence motion to Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi without any corrections and without the use of the full constitutional name. The arguments of the opposition party are that Xhaferi unfoundedly and contrary to the Rules of Procedure declared the motion to be untidy, referring to Article 136, which according to VMRO-DPMNE refers to a draft law, and ...

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Nimetz: Uniqueness of Macedonian Language Is Universally Recognized

“The uniqueness of the Macedonian language is universally recognized and confirmed in the United Nations,” says former mediator in the name dispute, Matthew Nimetz. He, in an interview with Kanal 5, when asked about the Sofia-Skopje relations, and whether the identity and language were part of the Prespa Agreement, but was put on the table by Bulgaria, clarified that for ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Resolution to Most Likely Be Part of 22 July Session

VMRO-DPMNE’s Draft-Resolution concerning the red lines will most likely be part of the 22 July session, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi has announced. However, the opposition party tried to make that happen at Thursday’s session. In fact, that is Xhaferi’s first admission that the text has been received by him with the words “N. Macedonia” and is proper, and will therefore ...

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VMRO-DPMNE not to Change Resolution with new Constitutional Name

VMRO-DPMNE will not change its Draft-Resolution by including the new constitutional name. This decision was made by the party’s leadership at the session of the Executive Board on Tuesday night. “The Executive Committee adheres to the proposed concept for unity of all political parties, behind the text that is created and written by the top scientific, education, and societal institutions ...

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