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Committee on European Affairs Concludes Debate on Need for Amending Code

The amendments to the Electoral Code were adopted at the Committee for European Affairs without reviewing single amendments of the total 400 amendments filed by opposition VMRO-DPMNE. Committee Chair Artan Grubi said the debate had to be ended within two days. Next the amendments are either to be voted at a plenary session or an agreement is to be reached ...

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Leaders Meeting in Shortened Format Held, Still no Agreement

The leaders’ meeting on Thursday, taking place in shortened format i.e. the leaders and one representatives from the four biggest political parties, was concluded after nearly four hours, but no agreement was reached around the issues related to the coming referendum and the formation of the State Election Commission. The meeting was attended by the leaders of SDSM, DUI, VMRO-DPMNE ...

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Mickoski Leaves Leaders’ Meeting; Possible Referendum Question Presented

‘Are you in favour of EU and NATO membership by accepting the Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece’ is the possible referendum question as stated by PM Zoran Zaev following the leaders meeting held in the MPs Club.At the meeting which lasted for more than four hours the leaders of parliamentary parties with more than ...

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Parliament Votes in Need for Amending Electoral Code Related to SEC

The parliament voted in the need for amending the Electoral Code. The amendments were sought by the government in order to prevent the obstruction from the opposition regarding the election of composition of the State Election Commission. The law was drafted with European flag and the procedure is to be led in shortened procedure. Opposition VMRO-DPMNE fiercely reacted to the ...

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PM Zaev on Referendum and other Pressing Issues

PM Zoran Zaev expects the process around the date, question and character of the name referendum to be encircled by the end of this week. “We expect as political leaders and representatives of political parliamentary parties to define these issues as deadlines are piling if we wish to choose 23 September or 7 October as projected dates,” said Zaev. Talks ...

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Government Organises Celebration of NATO Invitation across Macedonia

Under the slogan “Moving Ahead, Macedonia in the EU and NATO”, Macedonia on Saturday celebrated getting the invitation for talks to join NATO. The celebration, organized by the government in 15 cities across the country, including the capital Skopje, featured concerts by 40 Macedonian music artists, including rock and pop bands, pop singers, hip-hop performers, DJs, etc. “Macedonia has a ...

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NATO Sec Gen Officially Hands Over Membership Invitation to PM Zaev

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday at an official ceremony handed over to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev the invitation for launching negotiations with NATO after it was approved by the NATO allies at Wednesday’s summit in Brussels.  “This has been a crucial breakthrough, which has opened the path to become a full member of NATO. Detailed accession talks ...

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NATO Member States Invite Macedonia to Start Accession Talks

NATO member states have agreed to invite Macedonia to start the accession talks, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference on Wednesday. “We welcome the historic agreement between Athens and Skopje on the solution of the name issue and agreed to invite the government in Skopje to start accession talks. Once all national procedures have been completed to finalise ...

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PM Zaev Addresses Panel at London Summit

The Skopje-Athens name, strategic partnership deal is the best contribution to new models of behavior for establishing friendships, relations between politicians and states, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Tuesday at the panel ‘Foreign Policy, Bilateral Disputes and Legacy Issues’, being held within the Western Balkan Summit in London. This deal put an end to long-standing differences that burdened the ...

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FM Dimitrov Addresses EU – Western Balkans Summit in London

Addressing the Western Balkans Summit in London Macedonian FM Nikola Dimitrov underlined Macedonia’ main objective is not formal membership to the EU, but becoming a country with European values. He added that regarding the rule of law reforms more time will be required. “If we wish to have functional European democracy in our countries we need strong institutions and this ...

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