Tag Archives: Macedonia

Committee on European Affairs Concludes Debate on Need for Amending Code

The amendments to the Electoral Code were adopted at the Committee for European Affairs without reviewing single amendments of the total 400 amendments filed by opposition VMRO-DPMNE. Committee Chair Artan Grubi said the debate had to be ended within two days. Next the amendments are either to be voted at a plenary session or an agreement is to be reached ...

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Greek FM Kotzias: We Cannot Change Universal Right to Self-Determination

We cannot change the universal right the neighbours to be called Macedonians, at an individual or unofficial level, but we can call them however we want, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Sunday in an interview with Greek news agency ANA-MPA. He explained that when talking about at an individual level, “only a totalitarian state and a state with ...

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40 EU and US Intellectuals support Name Agreement

More than 40 intellectuals from Europe and the United States in an open letter published in the British daily newspaper The Guardian are seeking the historic agreement of 17 June signed between Macedonia and Greece, which ends the name dispute, to be implemented. In the letter signed by university professors from London, California’s Berkeley, Bologna, New York, Warsaw, Cambridge, members ...

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Hungarian PM Congratulates Zaev on Name Deal

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has sent a letter to congratulate Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on the agreement solving the Macedonia-Greece name issue and establishing strategic partnership between the two countries. In the letter, signed by PM Orban also on behalf of the Visegrad Group, he welcomes the agreement reached by Macedonia and Greece to settle the name dispute, the ...

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Verdict in Trust Case Reached

Sead Kocan, manager of Transmet company, was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for abuse of a public call procedure, awarding public procurement agreement or public-private partnership. The Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) indicted businessman Sead Kocan, two other individuals and three legal entities (Transmet, Sileks Nemetali and Vato) for falsifying documents and rigging tenders in the Macedonian Power Plants ...

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Greek Opposition Leader to Respect Name Deal if Ratified in Parliament

Leader of Greek opposition New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis assesses that the referendum in Macedonia will be successful, but emphasises that the recognition of the Macedonian nationality and Macedonian language in the Prespa agreement is unacceptable. In an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung, the opposition leader reiterates his discontentment with the agreement, but noted to abide by it if ratified in the ...

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Leaders Meeting in Shortened Format Held, Still no Agreement

The leaders’ meeting on Thursday, taking place in shortened format i.e. the leaders and one representatives from the four biggest political parties, was concluded after nearly four hours, but no agreement was reached around the issues related to the coming referendum and the formation of the State Election Commission. The meeting was attended by the leaders of SDSM, DUI, VMRO-DPMNE ...

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Journalist Associations React to Incident with Photographers at Leaders Meeting

Photographer Borce Popovski was able freely to take pictures at the leadership meeting. Unlike the day before when journalists were labelled as security threat outside the entrance of the MP Club at Thursday’s meeting there were no obstacles. The journalists levelled harsh criticism at Marjan Zabrcanec, advisor to the PM, who accused journalists of being silent for 11 years and ...

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Minister Mancevski: New Political Behaviour Standards Set

Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Mancevski presented Thursday the activities of the Macedonian government for improving the transparency and accountability of state institutions at an international conference on open government partnership, taking place in Tbilisi. “We have obliged all state institutions to publish a list of 21 documents of public interest. The public procurement deals are no longer ...

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Genimata Opposes Name Deal

The Greek government has made dangerous concessions over the language and the nationality, thus opening new issues instead of closing old ones. The agreement is unacceptable for us, says Movement for Change leader Fofi Gennimata. According to her, the party wants instead a sustainable agreement with the neighboring country, an agreement eliminating any type of irredentism and future nationalistic aspirations. ...

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