Category: Macedonia
Macedonia 31.03.20 | 23:36

Osmani: Crisis teams to be set up in local communities to deal with Covid-19

The Coordination Body on the coordination of crisis teams in local self-governments (municipalities and the city of Skopje) held Tuesday a session at the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA) to tackle the threat of Covid-19, SEA informed. Bujar Osmani, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs,...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 21:19

Pendarovski: Printing money not an option, we are far from catastrophic scenarios

Printing money is absolutely not an option at this time and we are far from contemplating catastrophic scenarios, said President Stevo Pendarovski after Tuesday’s session of the Security Council. The National Bank Governor attended the session and according to what she said, we are not in an ideal...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 20:27

Pendarovski is not considering of replacing the state of emergency with a crisis situation

President Stevo Pendarovski says he is not considering of replacing the state of emergency with a nationwide crisis situation after 30 days. The reason, as the head of state said, is the economic indicators showing deterioration. We overcame that dilemma last time. There is no need to declare a crisis...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 20:03

54 patients treated at Infectious Disease Clinic in Skopje, 4 in critical condition, 20 with oxygen masks

The Skopje-based Clinic for Infectious Diseases is currently treating 54 patients, four are in critical condition, 20 need only oxygen masks, while the rest have mild symptoms, said Health Minister Venko Filipce on Tuesday. Filipce told a press conference that nearly 400 tests have been done over the...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 19:12

Filipce confirmed that 44 new patients were diagnosed

Health Minister Venko Filipce said Tuesday the coronavirus testing capacities will increase by two-thirds in the coming days, considering the options for testing in private hospitals, donations and mobile teams. Minister Filipce confirmed that 44 new patients were diagnosed and said the mobile teams...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 18:32

Pendarovski: If I had to decide today I would extend the state of emergency

Asked if he would extend the state emergency that is in force, President Stevo Pendarovski said that if he had to make that decision today he would probably decide to extend it looking at the existing parameters of the spread of the virus. If the competent authorities present the same parameters to me...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 18:27

President Pendarovski disagrees with SDSM leader’s proposal to reduce public administration to the minimum wage of 14,500 denars

President Stevo Pendarovski disagrees with the proposal of SDSM leader Zoran Zaev to reduce the entire public administration to the minimum wage of 14,500 denars, which fortunately was not accepted today by the government. I agree with the latest set of government measures with which all office holders,...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 17:25

Mickoski: Zaev has one goal, and that is to pay bribes to save himself from responsibility

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski commented on Zaev’s proposal to cut salaries in the public administration because that would save one billion in the budget. In the first two months alone, he spent 4 such pay cuts. Why? Because he has one purpose, and that is to pay bribes, to make target groups...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 16:44

Mickoski: Government’s set of measures is insufficient and long-delayed, the crisis will deepen

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mitskoski at today’s press conference expressed serious concern over the government’s set of economic measures to tackle the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak, saying it would deepen the crisis. According to him, this assistance is far from sufficient and...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 15:24

Two men, aged 45 and 78, are the latest victims of the coronavirus epidemic

Two men died over the past 24 hours as result of the coronavirus epidemic, and 44 new patients were diagnosed. One of those who died is a relatively young, 45 year old man from Kumanovo. The Healthcare Ministry informed that the patient suffered from diabetes, arrhythmia, high blood pressure and obesity. The...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 15:11

Government rejects Zaev’s plan to cut public sector salaries, will provide a dose of stimulus instead

The Government refused the proposal from SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev to drastically cut public sector wages. In a set of economic measures announced by interim Prime Minister and Zaev loyalist Oliver Spasovski today, cuts will be focus on public sector office holders, but will not extend among the wider...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 14:52

Two DUI officials sentenced to prison based on Katica Janeva’s charges

A court in Skopje handed prison sentences of three and a half years each to Ismet Guri and Ejup Alimi, two DUI party officials who were charged with electoral tampering. The trial is one of the numerous politically driven cases initiated by Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva, herself now charged with gross...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 14:31

Former Mayor of Bitola Taleski sentenced to eight years in prison in one of Janeva’s show trials

The former Mayor of Bitola Vladimir Taleski was sentenced to eight years in prison today, for alleged violations in the program to provide school transport for children. Ten other defendants were sentenced to nearly 29 years in prison, and 10 more got suspended sentences. The trial of the popular actor...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 14:26

School grades will be based on prior work and the on-going online learning

If the school year can’t continue, the Education Ministry plans to have students evaluated using a mix of the grades they had at the end of the first semester and the grades they will get during the on-going online learning, Alsat TV reports. Many schools across Macedonia have begun holding online...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 14:10

Energy regulator assures the public that nobody will get cut off for unpaid bills

The Energy Regulatory Commission advised utility companies not to disconnect customers who fail to pay their bills while the coronavirus epidemic lasts. We want to assure citizens that there will be no cut-offs in services in electricity, water and heating supply while we are under a state of emergency....

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 13:23

China donates medical equipment to the Macedonian police

China donated a package of medican and hygiene products that will be used by the Macedonian Interior Ministry. “A friend in trouble is closer than brother”, the inscription on the package said. The delivery was welcomed by Macedonian Interior Minister Nake Culev who accepted the donation. This...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 12:38

As the newest NATO member state, it’s doubtful Macedonia can meet its spending requirement this year

Faced with an unprecedented financial crisis due to the coronavirus epidemic, Macedonia is looking to make cuts that have never before been considered. Zoran Zaev, leader of the ruling SDSM party, is proposing placing the public administration to the minimum wage for two months in order to plug a hole...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 12:31

Macedonian citizens returning from Austria and Switzerland quarantined in the Popova Sapka ski resort

A group of 154 Macedonian citizens returning from abroad were quarantined in the Popova Sapka and Slavija hotels, at the Popova Sapka ski resort. The isolated resort is offered for quarantine purposes by the ELEM energy company that manages the hotels. The group includes people returning from Vienna...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 10:16

Filipce feels encouraged by the linear spread of the virus

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce said that the linear progression of coronavirus cases in Macedonia is a sign the strategy is working. Macedonia has had between 12 and 29 newly diagnosed cases each day over the past two weeks, and according to Filipce, it’s good that the numbers are not getting...

Macedonia 31.03.20 | 09:56

Field hospital set up next to the clinic where the coronavirus patients are treated

A field hospital was set up in the Mother Teresa clinical complex in Skopje, next to the Infectious Diseases Clinic where coronavirus patients are treated. The tents will be linked directly to the clinic and will be used to house patients in case room runs out in the main building. This is a Roll 2 field...

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