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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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German Chancellor Scholz Visits Skopje

Friendly tones, acknowledgement of the achievement, a short comment on the economic cooperation. These messages sent by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the visit to Skopje were just additional content to the main topic, that is, whether there be a start of EU membership talks for North Macedonia. As Scholz repeated several times, a promise was made to the Western ...

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Petkov: Three Clear Demands for Skopje

There being no deal between Skopje frustrates us a lot. We would like a deal to be reached by the the meeting of the Council of Ministers this month. That was the message EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi sent from Sofia on Thursday. Bulgarian PM Kiril Petkov stated that he had been hearing in the last couple of days a ...

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Singer Alabakovski Detained over Vancho Mihailov Club Fire

Singer Lambe Alabakovski, , has been detained under suspicion that he is the one responsible for the Vancho Mihailov club fire in Bitola. On Monday night, with a court order, there was a search at two facilities owned by the suspect, where items related to the crime were found and taken away. Afterwards, the person was deprived of liberty, Interior ...

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Xhaferi Audio: Proposal for Debate in Frames of Committee Rejected

With five votes for and four against, VMRO-DPMNE’s proposal for a debate on a violation by the Code of Ethics by Parliament Speaker and MP Talat Xhaferi was rejected. On Monday, the Chairperson of the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Mandatory-Immunity Issues Panco Minov, read the draft agenda, which was followed by five MPs from the government voting against ...

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