Category: Balkans
Balkans 05.06.21 | 23:02

2,000 citizens from Macedonia and BiH vaccinated in Serbia over the weekend

Free vaccination of citizens from neighboring countries continues in Serbia, with Macedonian citizens flocking to Vranje over the weekend to get the Covid-19 jab, and the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina getting vaccinated in Loznica, RTS reported. According to the Serbian public broadcaster, during...

Balkans 04.06.21 | 17:15

Under the Borisov’s government organ transplants were performed on poor people from Ukraine and Moldova for super rich clients

Bulgaria’s health ministry revealed on Thursday that under the former government of Boyko Borisov the state hospital performed organ transplants on poor live donors for rich “uncles” operating under a false identity for which the ministry has “every reason to believe that they are not relatives,...

Balkans 04.06.21 | 17:05

EU refuses to disclose the contents of the “non-paper” on border changes in Western Balkans

Following a formal request by journalists for insight in the contents of the recent Slovenian non-paper, the EU Council services refused access to the document but confirmed its existence. In the response of the General Secretariat for access to the Slovenian non-paper, the EU Council said: The General...

Balkans 04.06.21 | 09:13

Serbia starts producing Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

Serbia officially starts producing Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. The substance needed for the production of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived at Serbia’s Torlak Institute on Thursday. Serbian Minister of Innovation and Technological Development Nenad Popovic said on Thursday that everything...

Macedonia Economy Balkans 30.05.21 | 11:18

Zaev promises billions in investments – again

Few betrayed promise Zoran Zaev made compare to the promised date to begin EU accession talks – the promise of enforcing the rule of law equally comes to mind, or the one about fighting corruption. But this week, it was his grand press conference in which he announced eight billion EUR in investments...

Macedonia Balkans 26.05.21 | 16:48

Turkish mobster Sedat Peker is accusing Erdogan and his officials of crimes

Turkish mobster Sedat Peker announced that he is revealing a series of scandals involving President Redzep Tayyip Erdogan and his officials. Through five Youtube messags, he is accusing officials from Erdogan’s party of murder, rapes, drug smuggling and other crimes, but also claims that he was...

Balkans 21.05.21 | 17:04

Macedonians in Bulgaria: Denial of Macedonian minority is last remnant of totalitarian policies in EU

A group of organizations representing Macedonians in Bulgaria has published a report on the violation of the rights of Macedonians covering last year’s events. The report, published by the Macedonian International Human Rights Movement, cites numerous examples of violations of political rights...

Balkans 21.05.21 | 15:57

Bulgaria will place a monument to Ss. Cyril and Methodius in the city of Dimitrovgrad in Serbia

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will travel to the Serbian city of Dimitrovgrad on Sunday to unveil a monument to Ss. Cyril and Methodius and to discuss the position of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia with President Aleksandar Vucic. Bulgaria, which is blocking Macedonia’s EU accession talks over...

Balkans 17.05.21 | 23:05

Milanović: What is being done to Macedonia is trespassing, it shouldn’t be allowed

Macedonia is currently in an impossible position in the European integration process. It’s the conditions set for the country at a relatively advanced stage of negotiations with the EU, and it refers to content in some history textbooks. That’s trespassing into intimate space, it’s something that...

Balkans 14.05.21 | 11:57

Before arrival, travelers to Greece must fill in online Passenger Locator Form

Greece is reopening Friday the Evzoni border crossing for Macedonian nationals after more than a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, apart from presenting a vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test or a positive antibody result for entry, travelers are required to fill in the Passenger Locator...

Balkans 14.05.21 | 09:43

Did Zaev ask Mitsotakis about the removal of the Macedonian “Krste Misirkov” association in Greece?

On the day when Zoran Zaev had a meeting with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens, Greece did not allow the registration of the Macedonian “Krste Misirkov” association from Voden. The association lasted only one day and was removed from the register of cultural institutions...

Balkans 13.05.21 | 12:10

Varvitsiotis: Greece doesn’t accept decoupling of Macedonia and Albania on the EU road

Europe must keep its promises and there should be no delay in the accession process for Macedonia and Albania, said Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis at the Delphi Forum in Athens and stressed that they do not agree with the possible decoupling of Skopje and...

Balkans 13.05.21 | 11:19

In order to start EU talks, Macedonia has to accept that it speaks Bulgarian dialect, that Goce Delcev and the Ilinden Uprising are Bulgarian, give up its minority in Bulgaria

The so-called framework position of Bulgaria in relation to Macedonia has been published on social media. This position was the position of the government of Boyko Borisov, and now also of the caretaker government of Stefan Janev. There is nothing good in, just that Macedonia has to literally give up...

Balkans 12.05.21 | 13:11

Bulgaria is trying to present the dispute with Macedonia as EU issue, not just a bilateral one

Bulgaria convinces the EU that the behavior of “one candidate country” is not its bilateral, but a problem of the EU, because it is contrary to the principles on which the Union is built and operates. Bulgaria is trying to free the problem with a candidate country from the prefix ‘bilateral’...

Balkans 05.05.21 | 22:27

Albania lifts quarantine requirements for travelers from Macedonia

The technical committee of experts in charge of dealing with the pandemic this afternoon revoked the decision for mandatory two-week quarantine for all persons entering Albania from Macedonia and Greece, MIA’s correspondent in Tirana reported.

Balkans 29.04.21 | 11:23

No PCR test or proof of vaccination required for Macedonians traveling to Montenegro

Ahead of the summer tourist season, the Montenegrin government has released a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed free entry into the country. Entry into Montenegro without PCR test or proof of vaccination will be allowed for tourists from the Western Balkans – Macedonia, Serbia, BiH,...

Balkans 28.04.21 | 14:02

Serbia donates additional Sputnik jabs to Macedonia

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said on Wednesday that Serbia has donated additional 13,000 Sputnik V jabs to Macedonia, for a total of 48,000 vaccines. Brnabic added that Serbia has enough vaccines and that if necessary it will continue to be open to supporting friends and partners in the region.

Balkans 24.04.21 | 10:10

Karakacanov given the “Golden Skunk” award for losing the elections

Bulgarian nationalist politician Krasimir Karakacanov was given the “Golden Skunk” award for “biggest political loser” by a local comedian. Karakacanov, who pushed the Borisov Government to block Macedonia’s EU accession talks, failed to win seats in the Parliament at the...

Balkans 23.04.21 | 10:52

Greek police and DEA intercepted 4 tons of marijuana in the port of Piraeus

Greek authorities, helped by the American DEA, intercepted a shipment of over 4 tons of cannabis. The drugs were transported to the Piraeus port near Athens and were due to be sent to Slovakia, through Macedonia and the Balkans, by train. The drugs were hidden in a boat transporting industrial cupcake...

Balkans 20.04.21 | 22:16

Montenegro opens its borders for Macedonian citizens

Montenegro abolishes PCR test requirement for tourists from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Macedonia, Montenegro’s Minister of Finance and Social Welfare Milojko Spajic informed on Twitter. I am glad to inform you that all restrictive measures, including PCR testing, for the citizens of Russia, Belarus,...