Thursday, 9 December 2021
Macedonia 09.12.21 | 23:05

Mickoski: New party doctrine and new officials will be announced on Sunday

In an interview with Skopje Info, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski announced that he will use the coming congress of the opposition party to announce a number of new policy changes and new party officials. Mickoski is running for re-election as party leader at the congress, after securing a major...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 22:34

Macron denies Macedonia any hope for an accession date in December – he will push for a Balkan summit in June instead

French President Emmanuel Macron, who takes over the rotating Presidency of the European Council, announced that he will convene a summit on the Western Balkan countries in June. This indicates that there is little hope that Macedonia will be allowed to open EU accession talks in December, as the Zaev...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 22:23

BESA is officially out of the Government

The BESA party is formally out of Zaev’s coalition. Today the Parliament voted to remove Arjanit Hoxha as Agriculture Minister and two other BESA officials, Arafat Shabani and Sedat Sulejmani, as deputy ministers for education and culture. BESA joined SDSM in a pre-election coalition in 2020, and...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 22:17

DUI expects that SDSM will honor their agreement to name an ethnic Albanian Prime Minister for a term of 100 days

Zaev’s First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi said that his DUI party expects to have an ethnic Albanian candidate named Prime Minister in the last 100 days of its term with SDSM. The agreement was reached between Zoran Zaev and DUI leader Ali Ahmeti as they made their new coalition deal in mid...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 22:12

Pendarovski spoke at the Summit for Democracy

President Stevo Pendarovski spoke at the online Summit for Democracy, convened by US President Joe Biden. In his remarks, Pendarovski spoke against the “rise of populism and authoritarian tendencies that are making democracy vulnerable”. There is no alternative and we should not waste a minute:...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 20:06

Minister Sekerinska welcomes the NATO air policing mission over Macedonia

Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska welcomed the fly-over of NATO aircraft, including a US AWACS plane, over Macedonia today. According to Sekerinska, this form of air policing keeps Macedonia safe and better protected. Spanish General Fernando de la Cruz Caravaca, who commands the NATO Combined Air...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 20:01

VMRO-DPMNE will announce personnel and policy changes during its congress on Sunday

VMRO-DPMNE holds a party congress on Sunday, where party leader Hristijan Mickoski is seeking a new term, on the wings of his major victory in the local elections. Party sources say that the congress will also lead to major new personnel announcements that will be made by Mickoski. The party will also...

Economy 09.12.21 | 19:50

Constitutional Court reportedly approved the exclusive highway contract with Bechtel – Enka

First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi said that, according to his information, the Constitutional Court approved the special law adopted to give the American – Turkish Bechtel – Enka consortium exclusive right to build several key highways in Macedonia. The contract was strongly supported...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 19:05

VMRO leader Mickoski met with French Ambassador Baumgartner

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski and his deputy Aleksandar Nikoloski met with French Ambassador to Macedonia Cyrille Baumgartner. The meeting was held as Macedonia expects to see the outcome of the European Council next week, as it faces a veto from Bulgaria that blocks the opening of Macedonia’s...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 18:59

Bulgarian sources deny Grubi’s claim of a new French diplomatic initiative to resolve the dispute over Macedonia

Bulgarian Foreign Ministry officials and EU officials told BGNES news agency that there is no new French initiative to resolve the dispute between Macedonia and Bulgaria, as Zaev’s First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi claimed. In the diplomatic circles there is no such proposal, EU sources told...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 18:42

Bulgarian Prime Minister Yanev confirms that Macedonia will be vetoed at the European Council next week

Speaking before the Bulgarian Parliament, outgoing caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev confirmed that Macedonia will remain under veto and will not be allowed to open its EU accession talks at the European Council scheduled for next week. Our position is that Macedonia and the Western Balkans, as a...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 18:37

Customs Office confirms that prosecutors are investigating the major drug smuggling scandal

The Customs Office informed the press that organized crime prosecutors are investigating the allegations that a ton of hard drugs was allowed to enter Macedonia, through the Skopje airport, carried under police escort. The allegation was made by VMRO-DPMNE official Dragan Kovacki, who said that the drugs...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 16:48

Despite Bulgaria’s “NO”, Grubi tries to assure the public that opening EU accession talks is still possible

The claim by First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi that there is a chance the European Union allows Macedonia to open its EU accession talks in the first few months of 2022, reminded the public on a similar claim made by member of Parliament Kastriot Rexhepi. Rexhepi was widely believed to have been...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 15:19

Grubi: There is optimism for a positive signal at the December EU Summit

There is absolutely optimism for negotiations and for receiving a positive signal at the December EU summit to start negotiations for us and Albania in the first months of next year, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Political System and Inter-Community Relations, Artan Grubi, said on Thursday. We...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 15:06

7 patients died, 168 new Covid-19 cases

Out of 1,478 COVID-19 tests carried out in Macedonia in the past 24 hours, 168 new cases were registered and 7 patients passed away, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, Macedonia has registered 218,362 confirmed coronavirus cases. The death toll stands at 7,695....

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 14:52

Zaev gives everything he is asked and plays with the death of our children, say the parents of the boys killed in “Monster” case

The revision is merely a political agreement and will not bring anything new to the “Monster” case. This is the position of the victims in the case of the five murders at Smilkovski Lake. Rade Slavkovski, the father of the murdered Filip, and Goran Nakjevski, the father of the murdered Aleksandar,...

Economy 09.12.21 | 13:49

ESM did not submit a bid for the tender of EVN Home

The energy company ESM announced today that it did not submit a bid for the announced tender of EVN Home, due to the 12-month period for which the announced tender is valid, despite the government’s decision for six months. The decision of the Government regarding the recommended price and quantities...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 13:20

Simovski: Census results expected in late March or early April

The total number of counted citizens shows that there is increased migration in the past 20 years, the director of the Statistical Office Apostol Simovski said on Thursday. He said that we should expect the results of the census at the end of March or the beginning of April.

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 12:18

Joint Macedonian-Bulgarian commission on historical issues to hold meeting

The joint Macedonian-Bulgarian commission on historical and educational issues will hold on Thursday and Friday the 16th meeting online due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the previous meeting that took place during the election period in both countries – in our country between the two rounds of...

Macedonia 09.12.21 | 11:41

Did the “Rating” agency illegally conduct public opinion survey financed and commissioned by the City of Skopje for Silegov’s personal needs in the election campaign?

Agency surveying public opinion “Rating” on two occasions, on September 25, 2021 and October 11, 2021 published the results of the public opinion poll for the ratings of the candidates for mayor of the City of Skopje, which are suspected to be illegally financed and commissioned by the City...

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