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Zaev: Macedonian-Bulgarian Commission Makes Progress over Certain Issues

PM Zoran Zaev said at a press conference that the Macedonian-Bulgarian Commission on Historic Affairs has made certain progress over some of the issues discussed. “The government is ready to publish some of the registries of the meetings of this Commission at some of the following sessions, and the conclusions they have reached may be introduced in the new textbooks ...

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Varhelyi: Political Will Needed for Resolution of Skopje-Sofia Bilateral Issues

Commissioner for Enlargement at the European Commission (EC) Oliver Varhelyi said that Macedonia should make stronger efforts to meet the concerns of Bulgaria so that both sides can find a mutually acceptable solution for the bilateral disputes between them. As Varhelyi said, this is a matter of “political will, engagement and decisiveness”, and said that the EC is ready to ...

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Government Appoints Former PM Buckovski as Representative for Bulgaria

The Government of Macedonia decided at a session held on Tuesday to appoint former PM Vlado Buckovski as representative of the government to Bulgaria. In a brief statement provided on Tuesday evening, Buckovski said that he will do his best to convince official Sofia to recognise the good results we have achieved since the signing of the Good-neighbourliness Agreement. “I ...

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Merkel: We Hope North Macedonia Starts EU Membership Negotiations in 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a conference on Monday that there are still chances for Macedonia to hold its first inter-governmental session with official Brussels for start of the EU membership negotiations. “We are facing difficulties to secure the organisation of the first inter-governmental conference with North Macedonia, because there is still necessity of negotiations between official Skopje and ...

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Reeker: We Encourage Resolving Bilateral Issues Outside EU-Integration Process

US Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and former US Ambassador to Macedonia Philip Reeker addressed a letter to PM Zoran Zaev, voicing support for Macedonia’s integration in the EU and resolution of the bilateral disputes with Bulgaria. “Your accession in the EU remains our great mutual interest, and we shall continue supporting in ...

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Zaev: One Cannot put Ethnic Label to Fascism or Occupation

One cannot put an ethnic label on fascism, it was present all over Europe in the 2nd World War, PM Zoran Zaev said one day after his interview for Bulgarian news agency BGNES which provoked numerous negative reactions. “It is not fair for the entire nation to suffer consequences because of evil deeds of isolated groups or individuals. True, Europe ...

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Zaev: Bulgaria Is Not Fascist Country, They Are Our Friends

Bulgaria is not a fascist country, they are our friends, PM Zoran Zaev said in an interview for Bulgarian news agency BGNES. “North Macedonia and Bulgaria share mutual history, and unfortunately this has resulted in great discord between the citizens in both countries, and now we need to work to change this. Goce Delcev is recognised as great revolutionist by ...

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Ahmeti: Proposals for Resolution of Issues Exchanged Between Skopje and Sofia

DUI leader Ali Ahmeti revealed in an interview for TV 21 that official Skopje and Sofia exchanged certain proposals as resolutions to the bilateral issues, and that Sofia is yet to respond to these exchanges. “The negotiations are underway, but I still do not want to reveal any details before we get official reaction from Bulgaria. I still hope the ...

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PMs Zaev and Borissov to Meet Before EU Ministers Meeting in December

PM Zoran Zaev revealed on Monday that he will hold another meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov before the following meeting of the General Affairs Council of the EU in December. “I am very glad that Bulgaria recognises the Macedonian language and identity as our reality and I believe we can find solutions to our bilateral issues. I believe ...

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Gov’t Declares State of Crisis, CMC Prepares Action Plan Against COVID-19

The Government of Macedonia reached a decision at its Friday session to declare a state of crisis on the entire territory of Macedonia that will last for 30 days, amidst the latest increase in number of new cases and deaths of COVID-19. Last week, the Security Council of the State, chaired by president Stevo Pendarovski, suggested the government to declare ...

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