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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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VMRO-DPMNE to be part of Constitutional changes Debate

VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs will be part of the debate on the constitutional changes that will start on Wednesday. As it was said following the coordination meeting of the party’s parliamentary group on Monday, they will fiercely unmask all constitutional amendments. Presenting the conclusions, the coordinator of the parliamentary group, Nikola Micevski also said the party had decided against being part of ...

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Government Includes Eight MPs’ Demands in Draft Amendments

The Government has included the following demands by the eight MPs from the independent parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition in the draft amendments: a guarantee for strengthening the Macedonian identity, a gradual change of the name for internal use and annulment of the constitutional changes if the name deal isn’t ratified by Greece. Friday saw the eight politicians ...

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Criminal Court freezes assets of VMRO-DPMNE

The Criminal Court, by request of the Special Public Prosecution (SPO) in relation to the “Thaler” case, froze assets of VMRO-DPMNE.  This was revealed by SPO via their official profile on Facebook. The assets include 69 real estates owned by the party, including the Skopje-based building where their main headquarters are located. The total value of the real estates is ...

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VMRO-DPMNE to reportedly Have one Parliamentary group Instead of 10

At its session late on Wednesday night, VMRO-DPMNE’s Executive Committee decided that the party will have one instead of 10 parliamentary groups, several media have reported. MP Nikola Micovski will be the new coordinator. He will succeed Dragan Danev, who has resigned. Details of the meeting have been announced for Thursday. According to the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, Hristijan Mickoski’s ...

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New MP Group meets PM Zaev, discusses Constitutional Changes

The Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi informed Monday the coordinators of the MP groups and the Vice-Presidents of the Parliament that a new MP group has been formed by the MPs that were recently excluded from VMRO-DPMNE. The group consists of 8 MPs, coordinated by former Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska, which were excluded from their party VMRO-DPMNE after voting in favour ...

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Parties and MPs still Consulting over Constitutional Changes

The constitutional amendments that the Parliament decided to endorse last week are currently being drafted. There are ongoing consultations over the possible engagement of VMRO-DPMNE MPs in their preparation. The draft-amendments could be forwarded to the Parliament over the weekend or early next week. SDSM MP group says time is left for opposition deputies to get involved, although they voice ...

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Stoltenberg – Zaev Phone Conversation

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev held Thursday a phone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who expressed support and congratulated on the success achieved in implementing the Prespa Agreement. Stoltenberg welcomed the courageous, grand and statesmanlike decision of the MPs, telling PM Zaev that NATO was pleased Macedonia was moving ahead, the government said in a press release. The NATO ...

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Zaev Remains Open for Opposition Suggestions to Draft Amendments

I remain open to including the opposition to allow them to make their own suggestions for strengthening identity, guaranteeing the commitment and the voting in Greece, our integration into the EU, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stated on Wednesday. He said he would hold consultation meetings later in the day with all parliamentary groups. “I want to hold the first consultation ...

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VMRO-DPMNE Excludes Members Working against Party Interests

VMRO-DPMNE decided late Monday to dismiss vice-president Mitko Jancev and Executive Committee member Kostadin Bogdanov from their posts, initiated disciplinary procedures for the exclusion of Saso Mijalkov and Nikola Todorov from the party, and urged MPs who voted for the constitutional revision to return their mandates. “President Hristijan Mickoski filed a motion for a confidence vote at an urgent session, ...

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