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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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Decision for Initiating Constitutional Revision Endorsed

The Parliament endorsed late Friday the decision to initiate constitutional revision arising from the Prespa Agreement by the required two-third majority. Eighty out of 120 MPs voted in favor of the decision. Afterwards, VMRO-DPMNE MP group coordinator Dragan Danev asked for an individual vote, which concluded with the same result – 80 MPs saying ‘Yes’ and 39 ‘No’. Among those ...

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Lungescu: Country has Historic Chance to Join NATO

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu told MIA after the start of Macedonia’s Alliance accession talks on Thursday that the country now has the historic opportunity to become a part of the Euro-Atlantic family, provided it implements the Prespa Agreement. “The country made an important step today by starting the two-day accession talks at the NATO Headquarters. The negotiations cover security, defense, ...

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Macedonia to Officially Launch NATO Accession Talks Thursday

acedonia’s NATO accession negotiations are set to officially begin on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, where members of the Committee for NATO integration and the Working Committee on Macedonia’s Integration with NATO will meet with Alliance representatives involved in the evaluation whether the country meets NATO’s criteria. This session of talks in Brussels will open the last stage of Macedonia-NATO ...

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PM Zaev Elaborates Motion for Constitutional Revision; Calls for Reconciliation

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev elaborated the motion for constitutional revision in parliament, saying the country’s future lies in the hands of the MPs, urging them to vote according to their own will, especially the ones who are reluctant. “Look to the future, the future of your children. The citizens’ will is for the country to move forward,” said PM Zaev. ...

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PM Zaev Interview with Greek Daily

There is no better than the Prespa Agreement for both nations, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says in an exclusive interview with the Greek daily ‘Ta Nea’, voicing belief that the Macedonian lawmakers will respect the will of citizens who voted in the referendum.  Ahead of the parliament voting on constitutional revision, Zaev points out that the realization of the vision ...

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Macedonia Marks National Uprising Day

The Macedonian people’s uprising – October 11 symbolizes our ancient desire for freedom and justice, a country that will defend these values and a future that will guarantee them. On this day 77 years ago, such ambitions and desires seemed completely impossible. Our cities, villages, our region, our Europe at those moments experienced the most difficult days, doomed to violence, ...

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