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PM Zaev Meets EC President Von der Leyen in Brussels

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev held a meeting in Brussels on Monday with President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen, at which Zaev asked for more active participation of the EC in processes for unblocking the start of the accession talks between official Brussels and Skopje. “The Macedonian identity is a matter of facts, science, but also tradition, ...

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EC: Decoupling of Skopje and Tiran in EU Accession Process Possible

Spokesperson of the European Commission (EC) Ana Pisonero said at an online press conference that decoupling of official Skopje and Tirana in the EU-accession process is still an option if the blockade from official Sofia against Skopje remains. “We want to hold the inter-governmental conferences with both official Skopje and Tirana. However, the council needs to approve the accession negotiation ...

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PM Zaev Receives Sinopharm Vaccine

PM Zoran Zaev received on Thursday a Sinopharm vaccine at Boris Trajkovski Arena in Skopje. “I received the first dose,” he said, adding that he felt great. According to Zaev, as a result of the vaccines that arrived last week, as well as with all agreed-upon and confirmed doses that should arrive in the upcoming period, it’s possible for a ...

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PM Zaev Comments on Several Topics

According to PM Zoran Zaev, the country doesn’t need the EU if the price is the Macedonian identity and language. As he said on Wednesday, the right to self- determination is a feeling. Regarding the messages from the EU and US, which Zaev described as partners and friends of the country, the PM stated that “they are here to share ...

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Zaev, Varhelyi, and Edtstadler Visit Vaccination Point as EU Vaccines Arrive

On Tuesday, PM Zoran Zaev, the EU’s Enlargement Commissioner, Oliver Varhelyi, and Austria’s EU and Constitution Minister, Karoline Edtstadler, paid a visit to the Boris Trajkovski Hall, which is the largest vaccination point in the country. The first vaccines from the EU arrived as well. According to Zaev, it’s about 4,850 Pfizer doses of the total of 119,213 that should ...

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Orthodox Easter Observed throughout Macedonia

Orthodox Easter was observed throughout Macedonia on Sunday. There had been activities the previous day, too. In Skopje, the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, HH Stefan, and members of the Holy Synod urged compliance with the measures against the pandemic. However, though they called on believers to maintain distancing, they didn’t change the communion practice, that is, a single ...

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Parliamentary Questions: Education and Vaccination among Discussed Topics

The session for parliamentary questions, held on Wednesday, started off with the opposition urging Minister of Education and Science Mila Carovska to explain comprehensively the plan for textbooks. VMRO-DPMNE’s stand is the print editions should be annulled, while people should have more options. In response, Carovska said parents and teachers would have an opportunity to choose between print and electronic ...

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Government: Curfew to Last from 9 pm to 5 am as of 28 April

From Wednesday (28 April) to 15 May, the curfew will last from 9 pm to 5 am. The exception to that will be Easter (1/2 May) and Eid al-Fitr (13/14 May). At its session on Tuesday, the Government changed several other measures concerning the COVID-19 situation. Hospitality venues will be able to work only in the open parts, that is, ...

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No-confidence Motion against Interior Minister Spasovski Rejected

Parliament rejected on Monday the no-confidence motion against Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski filed by Alliance for Albanians and Alternative MPs. 60 MPs voted against, 10 were in favour, while there were no abstentions. “The motion is strange because it concerns the successful operation to arrest former Security and Counter-Intelligence Administration Director Saso Mijalkov,” Spasovski said. According to him, the motion ...

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Protest Staged Demanding Release of People Convicted in 27 April Case

Several patriotic associations organised a protest on Sunday, demanding a release of those convicted and imprisoned in the case concerning the 27 April 2017 storming of Parliament. Describing those in prison as defenders of the Constitution, protesters also demanded early parliamentary elections, which would be held simultaneously with the local ones. “We demand for the Supreme Court of Macedonia to ...

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