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Xhaferi Convenes Urgent Coordination Meeting After Incident at Parliament

Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, convened an urgent coordination meeting to which all coordinators and representatives of the political parties at Parliament were invited. Although invited, representatives of the opposition parties VMRO-DPMNE and the Alliance of Albanians were not present. At the coordination it was concluded that the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure provide all opportunities for the work of Parliament and ...

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Petkov: Skopje Now Has Choice for Its Future

“Skopje now has a choice for its future, Bulgaria cannot be responsible for everyone,” said outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov in an interview with Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), commenting on Sofia’s position following the National Assembly’s decision to accept the draft proposal by the French Presidency with the EU for unblocking the European path of North Macedonia. According to ...

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Kovacevski, Vucic and Rama to Go to Brussels for EU-Western Balkans Summit

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski will attend the EU Summit in Brussels after all. He confirmed that together with the other two leaders of the Open Balkans, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, had decided to attend the EU-Western Balkans summit on 23rd and 24th June. “We have decided that we should, before the friendly countries, which ...

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Kovacevski: Final Decision Tomorrow on Participation in EU-WB Summit

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski informed that a final decision will be made Wednesday on participation in the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Brussels. “In anticipation of the upcoming EU-Western Balkans summit, today we held an extraordinary meeting in the Open Balkans together with my colleagues Aleksandar Vucic and Edi Rama. We talked about the national positions of each of the countries, ...

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Negotiating Framework Expected to Be Approved if Sofia Accepts Proposal

26 European Union member states are waiting for Bulgaria’s response on the French proposal, which to be adopted must go through three phases in four days. “We have prepared a proposal to be presented. Given that the enlargement process itself is in question, we strongly support the EU efforts to start negotiations between North Macedonia and Albania,” said Tanja Fajon, ...

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Government Coalition Partners Meeting Held

“Our top diplomats are carefully considering the French proposal to unblock our European integration. The position will be announced when the EU member states do so. If the French proposal is confirmed by all EU member states, and then adopted by the Bulgarian Parliament, it will be analyzed by experts in North Macedonia,” said Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski after a ...

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Michel: EU Membership of North Macedonia Priority for EU

EU membership of North Macedonia is a priority for the EU. That was the message sent by European Council President Charles Michel in Ohrid on Thursday. He said they were working hard on lifting the Bulgarian veto in order for the negotiations to start as soon as possible. Michel didn’t directly comment on the news that France will submit a ...

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Skopje’s EU Road – Focal Topic During Grlic Radman’s Visit to Skopje

There will be a start of negotiations in June if Bulgaria has a strategic approach and political will, according to Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani. As he added on Wednesday, if that doesn’t happen, the best policy of the EU, enlargement, will be buried. Osmani’s stand is that North Macedonia has done everything for Sofia go give a green light. However, ...

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Mihailov Club Fire: Alabakovski Released from House Arrest Pending Trial

Singer Lambe Alabakovski has been released from house arrest in the case concerning the Vancho Mihailov club fire in Bitola, pending trial, his lawyer, Darko Stefanovski, confirmed for Fokus on Tuesday. The Basic Court in Bitola’s Criminal Council has decided for Alabakovski’s passport to be taken away as a means of precaution.The pop singer is charged with causing a general ...

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Radev and Michel Discuss Skopje’s EU Path

North Macedonia’s integration must be a sustainable and irreversible process, and attached to real results in fulfilling the membership criteria. That was the focal point of Bulgarian President Rumen Radev’s phone conversation with European Council President Charles Michel. Radev stated that meeting the Copenhagen criteria, giving constitutional guarantees for respecting the rights of the Bulgarians in North Macedonia, and preserving ...

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