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Initiative to Start Urgent Ratification Procedure in Spain Reportedly Accepted

The Foreign Affairs Committee, upon a proposal of the Bureau (presidency) of Spain’s Congress, has accepted the initiative to start an urgent procedure for ratification of Macedonia’s NATO protocol, 360 Stepeni reported on Tuesday. According to the acts published on the official website of the Spanish Congress, the Bureau made the decision on Monday, with a request to the Committee ...

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Parliament Unanimously Ratifies NATO Accession Protocol

Parliament unanimously ratified on Tuesday the NATO Accession Protocol. The ratification will enter into force once Spain completes that process at a parliamentary level, too. After the vote, Attila Mesterhazy acting President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, delivered an address. After the session, the NATO flag was hoisted outside Parliament. Previously, during the session, President Stevo Pendarovski and MPs had ...

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Parliament Adopts Need for PPO Law to be Adopted in Shortened Procedure

At around 11 pm on Monday, Parliament, with 63 votes in favour and 32 against, adopted the need for the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) and Council of Public Prosecutors (CPP) laws to be adopted in a shortened procedure. Now, the document needs to be transferred to the Parliament’s Committee on European Affairs before it heads to a plenary session. Previously, ...

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Dimitrov Calls on Mizrahi to Use Tables Containing Country’s New Name

Following Greece’s protest note, Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said on Sunday that caretaker Labour and Social Policy Minister Rashela Mizrahi should once again start to use the sign containing the new name of the country she’d removed on Friday. According to him, otherwise, she will be held criminally responsible. Dimitrov added that caretaker Interior Minister Nakje Culev had been the ...

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Osmani and Dimitrov Hold Meeting with Grlic-Radman

Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov held a meeting with the latter’s Croatian counterpart, Gordan Grlic-Radman, in Zagreb on Thursday. The Croatian Minister said Macedonia belonged in the EU, adding that it had deserved to start accession negotiations. Croatia hopes that a decision on that will be made during its EU Presidency. Dimitrov said ...

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Enlargement Commissioner Varhelyi Presents New Methodology

Candidate countries’ negotiations will become less bureaucratic and more political. Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi believes that that is the essence of the changes with the new methodology presented by him on Wednesday that rests on four pillars: stronger political steer, credibility, a more dynamic process, and predictability for both sides. Varhelyi is of the opinion that they did a good ...

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VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM Still Divided over PPO Law

According to the opposition, the new Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) should be drawn up by a team of six prominent professors. SDSM leader and former PM Zoran Zaev, on the other hand, believes that there is no time to create a new law. The ruling structure will try to get a two-thirds majority without VMRO-DPMNE’s support. Negotiations are already underway ...

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Zaev Announces Possibility of Parliament Continuing to Work after 12 February

It’s possible for Parliament to continue to work after 12 February if there is no vote on the Public Prosecutor’s Office Draft Law, the NATO Protocol or the Defence Law changes. This was announced by SDSM leader Zoran Zaev on Monday. With that, the ruling party is extending the deadline for talks by another 15 days. There will be elections ...

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Significant Reforms Made in Jean Monnet Dialogue

After the third Dialogue in the frames of the Jean Monnet process in Parliament, Speaker Talat Xhaferi stated on Saturday that MPs had brought stands closer and agreed on certain aspects in terms of reforms of the Rules of Procedure. “We made significant reforms,” he pointed out, adding that the new composition would see an adjusted text on the changes, ...

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New Meeting over PPO Law to be Held Friday

A new meeting over the text of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO) law will be held on Friday. The remarks resulting from the two-day public debate will be discussed. On Thursday, SDSM leader Zoran Zaev called for the document to be adopted because of its importance to both the European future and the rule of law in the country. His ...

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