Category: Macedonia
Macedonia 18.02.20 | 18:43

Culev: Spasovski procured 3,000 pairs of police boots that did not meet standards

The Ministry of Interior has indications of abuse of office in public procurement procedures of three thousand pairs of police boots from the “Pinko Kiril” company, worth 15 million denars, for which two accredited laboratories have found that they do not meet the requirements of the technical...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 17:35

Gonul Bajraktar to replace Rasela Mizrahi

Gonul Bajraktar, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy, as concluded by the Government, is taking over the powers and responsibilities in managing the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. At its 10th regular session, the Government of Macedonia adopted a conclusion, concluding that the conditions...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 17:12

Igor Janusev: People expect change, they expect Macedonia’s renewal to finally come

VMRO-DPMNE Secretary-General Igor Janusev visited Tuesday the municipalities of Delcevo and Makedonska Kamenica as part of the “Macedonia’s Renewal is Coming” campaign. We visited a lot of companies, we met with citizens, we had several meetings with target groups, but we will also...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 16:00

Whose “privacy” is the court trying to protect?

The shocking decision to exclude the press from today’s hearing in the major racketeering scandal did nothing to quiet down the speculations in the public. On the contrary, the u-turn by organized crime prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska, who yesterday said that the latest batch of recordings will be seen...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 15:22

Passports will be given only to citizens who urgently need them, new batch arrives in March

The Interior Ministry will issue passports only to the most urgent candidates. Due to the badly botched procurement process, which is rife with corruption allegations, there are currently only 3.700 blank passports, which doesn’t get even close to meeting public demand. Interior Minister Nake Culev...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 15:15

Finance Minister Angelovska is hiding public spending records from her deputy

Interim Deputy Finance Minister Gordana Dimitrieska – Kocoska called out the interim Finance Minister Nina Angelovska for hiding the records showing how many public sector employees were added to the rolls since it was agreed to hold early elections on April 12. Dimitriska, who is nominated by...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 15:04

Culev: All Racket evidence was given to Spasovski, and then forwarded to Ruskoska

Interior Minister Nake Culev said that all evidence related to the Racket scandal is given to the state prosecutors, and is no longer kept in the Interior Ministry. Culev was asked about the evidence as it became apparent that the prosecution is uneasy about presenting it in full – prosecutor Vilma...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 14:33

Balkan applicants raise the issue of Europe’s direction: Bloomberg editor proposes a three tier EU

After French President Emmanuel Macron blocked the opening of EU accession talks for Macedonia and Albania, a debate opened about whether the EU can continue to expand while at the same time deepening the integration and decision making. Bloomberg editor Andreas Kluth proposes that this dilemma is resolved...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 12:51

Mickoski: Zaev’s brother met with one Racket defendant, while Zaev met with Katica Janeva before her arrest

Zoran Zaev’s brother Vice Zaev was meeting with one of the defendants in the Racket case. Surely they didn’t talk novels or poetry, I presume the topic of discussion were business deals, and inevitably, the racketeering scandal, said VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski, following an accidental...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 11:50

Kathimerini warns that Zaev won’t win the elections running on NATO and EU

The Greek Kathimerini paper predicts that Zoran Zaev’s Government will not be saved by the expected NATO accession and the opening of EU accession talks. The Greek conservative paper notes that the NATO flag was raised in Skopje even though the ratification is not yet complete, and sees the move...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 11:40

Prosecutor Ruskoska removes the press as Boki 13’s “Pandora’s box” is about to open

Despite yesterday’s announcement that the public will be involved, prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska today asked that the Racket trial is held behind closed doors, and the judge removed the press. The move comes as the court was supposed to hear additional tapes recorded by defendant Zoran Mileski –...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 11:10

“What kind of a Government protests against itself? What kind of a person intimidates the courts like this?”

The March for justice, organized by the ruling SDSM party on Monday evening, was an unheard case of a Government protesting itself, and a brutal attempt to threaten the judiciary, said VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Ilija Dimovski. The march was a dud, with mere hundreds of SDSM supporters joining Zoran...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 10:48

New EU progress reports on Macedonia and Albania will be presented in early March

The European Commission will present its new progress report on Macedonia and Albania in the first days of March. The state run MIA news agency says that the report will be published when it’s clear that all EU member states will approve the opening of accession talks, which were vetoed by France...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 10:41

Racket trial: Prosecutors will present some of Kiceec’s private conversations

The Skopje court will hear additional recordings from a USB drive owned by one of the Racket defendants Zoran Mileski – Zoki Kiceec. The prosecution initially said that these recordings are not necessary for the case, as they are of personal nature between Kiceec and the other defendant Bojan Jovanovski...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 10:27

Milososki gives prosecutor Ruskoska a wiretap containing information on Zoran Zaev

VMRO-DPMNE member of Parliament Antonio Milososki announced that he will meet with organized crime prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska this morning, and give her a wiretap that reveals involvement of former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in the major racketeering scandal. It’s likely the same tape that Milososki...

Macedonia 17.02.20 | 23:37

Ruskovska: If the tapes are audible, we will present them in addition to the evidence

Prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska reacted to Aleksandar Nikoloski, VMRO-DPMNE vice president’s press conference tonight, who said that the tapes presented today at the “Racket” hearing were incomplete, meaning that there was only video but no audio. The tapes were presented as submitted to...

Macedonia 17.02.20 | 22:55

EC report to be released between March 2-4

The European Commission progress report on Macedonia and Albania is expected between March 2-4, after all member-states give the green light for a date to start accession negotiations with the EU, diplomatic sources in Brussels tell MIA. The report is to be adopted at the European Commission meeting...

Macedonia 17.02.20 | 22:35

Zaev: There could be faster justice but I would have to make phone calls and order verdicts

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev said Monday at the SDSM march dubbed “Walk for Justice” that he, as well as the citizens, was dissatisfied with the justice system, but said that in order to have faster justice he would had to make phone calls and order judgments, as was done before. You citizens are...

Macedonia 17.02.20 | 21:55

Nikoloski: We demand that the full recordings where Janeva meets Zaev be shown

VMRO-DPMNE Vice President, Aleksandar Nikoloski, held late Monday press conference referring to the published special investigative measures in the “Racket” case. He emphasized that it is clear that Zoran Zaev and SDSM top leadership are behind the whole case and that the racketeering was a coordinated...

Macedonia 17.02.20 | 21:10

People attending Zaev’s march have no idea what they are marching for

About 3,000 protesters, mostly brought by bus from other cities, marched tonight at an event dubbed “Walk for Justice” organized by the ruling SDSM. “Lider” team met with some of the pro-government protesters beside the buses they were brought with, but most of them did not know...

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