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Economy 13.11.21 | 11:27

Amid the growing political crisis, Finance Minister Besimi asks the Parliament to approve the 2022 budget

As the Zaev Government is left without an effective majority in Parliament and was apparently reduced to forcing an opposition member of Parliament to avoid the vote of no confidence on Thursday, Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi said that the Parliament must find the votes to adopt the 2022 budget. Failure...

Macedonia Economy 02.09.21 | 17:03

Finance Minister still projects growth of 4.1 percent in 2021

Despite dismal economic results so far in 2021, Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi insists that Macedonia will still grow at a rate of 4.1 percent. Besimi also assured the public that the inflation rate will be relatively under control, at 2.1 percent. This won’t be an easy year, and we are aware of...

Macedonia Economy 24.07.21 | 13:47

VMRO-DPMNE: The Government brags about paying back a half a billion EUR loan, while adding 1.5 billion

Macedonia will add 1.5 billion EUR in new debt only this year, and it will reach dizziying 66 percent of GDP at 8.5 billion EUR, said the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party in a press release. The statement is to respond to Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi, who was boasting about paying off the final tranche...

News 12.06.21 | 10:06

VMRO: New fuel tax will be used to cover the cost of Zaev’s corruption

The plans to permanently hike diesel prices by four denars per liter (currently 60 denars, or 1 EUR) are the result of the rampant corruption in the Zaev Government, said the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party. Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi made the announcement recently, when discussing the proposed changes...

Macedonia Economy 25.03.21 | 10:50

Finance Ministry denies mistaken media report that it plans to hike taxes

The Finance Ministry and Alsat-M TV moved to deny a mistaken report that they are planning an increase in both the VAT value added tax and the income tax. The report came out of the interview Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi had with Alsat, where he announced an increase in the share the municipalities...

Macedonia Economy 25.02.21 | 10:22

Minister Besimi is asking for EU funds for the railway link to Bulgaria

Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi met with the EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi in Brussels to discuss EU funding for infrastructure projects. One of them, Besimi said after the meeting, is the planned railway line between Kriva Palanka and Deve Bair. This would be the final stretch of the long...

Macedonia Economy 24.11.20 | 22:32

Finance Minister Besimi confirms that the 2021 budget will rely on the sale of strategic public companies

Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi confirmed that a major source of revenue in 2021 should be the sale of publicly owned companies or shares the state holds in largely private companies. Faced with an enormous deficit and a declining economy, the Zaev regime announced attempts to sell off even strategic...

Macedonia Economy 11.11.20 | 21:52

Everything must go: Finance Minister Besimi says major publicly owned companies will go on sale in 2021

Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi said that the Government will try to reduce the huge deficit it plans for next year by selling off a number of fully or partially publicly owned companies. Most iconic among them is the Macedonian Post Office, whose sale was already announced by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. The...

Macedonia Economy 06.10.20 | 10:13

Finance Minister Besimi: Public debt will reach 6.5 billion EUR – 60.5 percent of GDP

Fresh after announcing that the 2020 deficit will reach almost a billion EUR, or 8.4 percent of GDP, Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi revealed that the public debt will reach 6.5 billion EUR and surpass 60 percent of GDP. Budget amendments will leave the 2020 deficit just below billion EUR Besimi was...

Macedonia Economy 05.10.20 | 14:43

Budget amendments will leave the 2020 deficit just below billion EUR

The Government adopted the proposed changes to the 2020 budget, which is being amended for a second time, with the deficit projected to spike to nearly a billion EUR. It now provides that the GDP contraction will amount to 4.4 percent and the inflation rate will be at 1 percent, said Finance Minister...

Macedonia Economy 06.09.20 | 11:46

Besimi insists there is enough money to service debt payments throughout the year

Newly appointed Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi assured the public that there is enough money in the budget to cover the debt payment, the deficit and unexpected additional costs of the coronavirs epidemic. Besimi said that the budget will be able to pay out the loans that are maturing throughout the...

Macedonia 26.08.20 | 10:12

Parliament majority worked until after midnight to approve new representatives

Working for more than 12 hours and well past midnight – in violation of the house rules – the narrow majority in Parliament approved the mandates of several new members. They are voted in to replace members of Parliament who are tapped to join the Government, and in one case – to replace...

Macedonia 23.08.20 | 08:32

Anti-Corruption Commission raises issue that could affect the vote on the new SDSM – DUI Government

A curious issue that could affect the formation of the next Government was raised by the state Anti-Corruption Commission (DKSK) yesterday. DKSK head Biljana Ivanovska said that it will be a conflict of interest if member of Parliament Florin Besimi votes to elect the next Government because it is expected...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 11:03

Sekerinska election rigging scandal: Besimi defends himself by saying he had no direct influence over the electoral commission

DUI officials Fatmir Besimi and Subhi Jakupi denied involvement in election rigging, after a new audio tape reveals how SDSM official Radmila Sekerinska was coordinating the outcome of votes in the State Electoral Commission with them. Besimi, who is recorded talking with Sekerinska, said that he was...

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