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Presidential Candidates sign Code for Fair and Democratic Election

The candidates in the upcoming presidential election, Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, Stevo Pendarovski and Blerim Reka signed on Sunday the Code for Fair and Democratic Election at the premises of the State Electoral Commission (SEC). Candidate of the Albanian opposition parties Blerim Reka said that it does not matter who will win the election, as long as they are conducted properly and ...

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Government, Opposition still without Agreement over Law on SPO

The working groups of the government and the opposition held another meeting at the Justice Ministry on Thursday in order to attempt to reach an agreement over the final version of the Laws concerning the status of the Special Public Prosecution (SPO). However, later in the night, from the Justice Ministry they confirmed that the meeting ended without any agreement ...

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New round of Negotiations on SPO status to be held Thursday

The new round of negotiations on the part of the Public Prosecutor’s Office Draft Law concerning the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) will take place at the Justice Ministry on Thursday. VMRO-DPMNE said on Wednesday that its amendments were based on the three principles announced by it previously: implementation of international standards, protection of fundamental human rights, as well as independence, ...

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Zaev-Mickoski televised Debate marked by Different stands on Many issues

As expected, Tuesday’s televised debate between PM and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski was marked by different stands on a huge number of issues. Regarding the part of the Public Prosecutor’s Office Draft Law concerning the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), despite both politicians saying they wished for compromise to be reached, they have different views on ...

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New name to be put on Government’s building in both Macedonian and Albanian

The procedure to put the country’s new name on the Government’s building will be carried out after the elections. According to Government Sec Gen , the procedure requires procedures concerning tenders. “You can expect that to happen after the elections, considering that tender procedures that are not in the Annual Plan for Public Procurements cannot be implemented during elections,” he ...

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IRC threatens Government over Denationalisation process

On Friday, the Islamic Religious Community threatened the government, that is, it said the authorities had 10 days to solve the processes for denationalisation of the waqf property. If not, it will inform Muslims in 700 mosques before the start of the election campaign that there is a slow, selective and discriminatory denationalisation process for the IRC’s property. It asked ...

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SEC confirms Candidacies filed by Pendarovski and Siljanovska Davkova

On Thursday, the State Election Commission (SEC) confirmed the candidacies filed by Stevo Pendarovski and Gordana Siljanovska Davkova. That means that there are now three official candidates in the presidential race, those two and Blerim Reka. The same day, Macedonia Blocks filed a criminal charge against the SEC members. According to the movement, several crimes were committed by them that ...

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Mickoski and Siljanovska Davkova hold Meetings in Brussels

Within the frameworks of their visit to Brussels, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski and his party’s presidential candidate, Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, met on Wednesday with MEPs Eduard Kukan and Marijana Petir. As Mickoski said, the legal state and rule of law have been endangered in Macedonia, which is also faced with widespread corruption. “That has also been noted in relevant reports ...

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EC praises Macedonia, but Also reiterates Reforms aren’t Finished

Praise for the reforms, but also a reminder that they’re still not finished were the messages sent by the European Commission after the 15th meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between Macedonia and the European Union, held on Tuesday in Brussels. Despite the very positive reaction of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, ...

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Working breakfast: Dutch FM Blok underlines Importance of reforms

The Netherlands and France are still reserved in terms of whether Macedonia is genuinely ready to start EU membership negotiations. The two countries were greatly reserved also during in June 2018. However, after Monday’s working breakfast with EU FMs, it became clear that, finally, seriously fighting crime and corruption as well as genuine implementation of reforms will be of key ...

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