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PM Zaev on Referendum and other Pressing Issues

PM Zoran Zaev expects the process around the date, question and character of the name referendum to be encircled by the end of this week. “We expect as political leaders and representatives of political parliamentary parties to define these issues as deadlines are piling if we wish to choose 23 September or 7 October as projected dates,” said Zaev. Talks ...

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Government Organises Celebration of NATO Invitation across Macedonia

Under the slogan “Moving Ahead, Macedonia in the EU and NATO”, Macedonia on Saturday celebrated getting the invitation for talks to join NATO. The celebration, organized by the government in 15 cities across the country, including the capital Skopje, featured concerts by 40 Macedonian music artists, including rock and pop bands, pop singers, hip-hop performers, DJs, etc. “Macedonia has a ...

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NATO Sec Gen Officially Hands Over Membership Invitation to PM Zaev

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday at an official ceremony handed over to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev the invitation for launching negotiations with NATO after it was approved by the NATO allies at Wednesday’s summit in Brussels.  “This has been a crucial breakthrough, which has opened the path to become a full member of NATO. Detailed accession talks ...

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NATO Member States Invite Macedonia to Start Accession Talks

NATO member states have agreed to invite Macedonia to start the accession talks, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference on Wednesday. “We welcome the historic agreement between Athens and Skopje on the solution of the name issue and agreed to invite the government in Skopje to start accession talks. Once all national procedures have been completed to finalise ...

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PM Zaev Addresses Panel at London Summit

The Skopje-Athens name, strategic partnership deal is the best contribution to new models of behavior for establishing friendships, relations between politicians and states, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Tuesday at the panel ‘Foreign Policy, Bilateral Disputes and Legacy Issues’, being held within the Western Balkan Summit in London. This deal put an end to long-standing differences that burdened the ...

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FM Dimitrov Addresses EU – Western Balkans Summit in London

Addressing the Western Balkans Summit in London Macedonian FM Nikola Dimitrov underlined Macedonia’ main objective is not formal membership to the EU, but becoming a country with European values. He added that regarding the rule of law reforms more time will be required. “If we wish to have functional European democracy in our countries we need strong institutions and this ...

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PM Zaev Meets Chinese Counterpart

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had a meeting with Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang at the sidelines of the 7th Summit of Heads of Government of Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) and China (16+1), which took place in Sofia. PM Zaev extended gratitude for China’s continuous support of Macedonia since its independence, saying that official Skopje would keep supporting the ...

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Parliament Endorses Law to Ratify Name Agreement for Second Time

The Parliament endorsed Thursday the law ratifying the name agreement with 69 votes ‘in favour’ and one ‘abstained’. This was the second vote on the law after President Gjorge Ivanov failed to sign the decree for its promulgation after the Parliament had initially passed it on June 20. The opposition did not attend the Parliament session. Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov ...

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Zaev: Serving Macedonia and NATO is Great Honour for every Soldier

An event marking the inauguration of 125 professional soldiers in the Macedonian Army (ARM) was officially held on Wednesday.  The event was attended by PM Zoran Zaev and Vice-PM and Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska. “To be a soldier in a NATO member country means that they will work in improved conditions according to the standards of NATO allies. As soldiers, ...

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Zaev: Referendum question on Name Issue Agreement not determined yet

Тhe form and the content of the referendum question concerning the Name Issue Agreement with Greece is still not defined, said PM Zoran Zaev during his official visit of the Municipality of Prilep. “We have not discussed this matter yet, because at the moment we are focused on the country’s integration in NATO, for which we are to receive an ...

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