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Macedonia 09.05.22 | 15:11

EU and US diplomats call for quick opening of Macedonia’s accession talks

Western diplomats in Macedonia called for the quick opening of EU accession talks, which remain blocked by Bulgaria. The calls were made during the celebration marked to honor the Day of victory against fascism and Europe Day. The EU is the choice of our citizens, the choice of a stronger, more just...

Macedonia 08.05.22 | 15:22

US Ambassador Byrnes wants to see Macedonia join the EU as soon as possible, says strategic partnership with the US is no substitute

US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes said that the country should be allowed to open its EU accession talks as soon as possible. Asked about the plan to revive Macedonia’s “strategic partnership” talks with the US, Byrnes said that this is no substitute to full EU membership. According to the...

Macedonia 16.03.22 | 19:14

Deputy PM Grubi asked Ambassador Byrnes for greater US involvement in the dispute with Bulgaria

First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi asked US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes for increased US involvement to get Bulgaria to lift its veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks. The two met today to discuss the war in Ukraine and the strategic partnership between Macedonia and the US. Grubi...

Macedonia 01.03.22 | 21:22

US Ambassador Byrnes welcomes Macedonia’s “lockstep” position on Ukraine

US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes welcomed the position the country took with regard to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On the subject of Ukraine, (North) Macedonia as a NATO ally, as a strong partner in lockstep with the EU, as a responsible member of the international community is joining with...

Macedonia 24.02.22 | 21:20

Defense Minister Petrovska and US Ambassador Byrnes jointly addressed the war in Ukraine

Defense Ambassador Slavjanka Petrovska and US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes addressed the Russian attack on Ukraine today during an event marking the end of joint training between Macedonian and American special forces. Ambassador Byrnes said that the events in Ukraine show why it is important...

Macedonia 22.07.21 | 19:23

Mickoski and Ambassador Byrnes meet to discuss corruption and Biden’s executive order

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski met with US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes today. Byrnes tweeted that the topic of discussion was the executive order announced by President Biden, to fight corruption in the Balkans and preserve the regional treaties the US stands behind. The E.O. reflects...

Macedonia 15.07.21 | 10:19

US Ambassador Byrnes met with Ali Ahmeti to discuss corruption and the rule of law

US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes met with DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti yesterday, “to discuss governance issues, rule of law, and the fight against corruption.. which are critical elements requiring all parties’ efforts, so (North) Macedonia can enter the EU and improve the lives of all citizens”. Ahmeti...

Macedonia 23.06.21 | 12:43

Ambassadors Byrnes and Galloway state their disappointment after the latest veto

Speaking at the Skopje Economic Forum, the Ambassadors of the US and the UK, Kate Byrnes and Rachel Galloway, expressed disappointment over the new latest veto Macedonia faces in its EU accession process. Bulgaria again blocked the opening of accession talks, as it demands major concessions on issues...

Macedonia 11.06.21 | 18:32

Ambassador Byrnes meets with Zaev to discuss Biden’s Balkan decree

US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes met with Zoran Zaev today, and according to the coordinated press releases, the main topics of discussion was the recently published decree by President Biden, who announced action against corrupt Balkan politicians and those who violate a number of treaties –...

Macedonia 26.05.21 | 18:24

Zaev meets US Ambassador Byrnes to discuss the EU blockade, claims that she praised his fight against crime and corruption

US Ambassador Kate Byrnes met with Zoran Zaev today and sent out a message of encouragement as Macedonia remains stuck in its EU accession bid, held back by a Bulgarian blockade. At a meeting with Zoran Zaev I emphasized that we value our bilateral partnership with North Macedonia and want to see EU...

Macedonia 16.04.21 | 16:41

After the growing scandal, US Ambassador Byrnes calls on Interior Minister Spasovski to protect the integrity of the passport issuing system

US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes met with Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski today, and urged him to act to protect the integrity of the issuing of personal documents. The Ministry is facing a major scandal after the VMRO-DPMNE party revealed that serious regional and international mobsters and...

Macedonia 19.02.21 | 22:38

Ambassador Byrnes demands steps to ensure independent judiciary

In her Kanal 5 interview, US Ambassador Kate Byrnes also criticized the judiciary in Macedonia for working slowly on major corruption cases. Byrnes discussed the high level of corruption in the country, and said that both the Government and other institutions have responsibility for the state of affairs. US...

Macedonia 19.02.21 | 20:18

US Ambassador Byrnes says that the Government and other institutions bear responsibility for the high level of corruption

US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes said that the Government and other institutions are responsible for the high level of corruption in the country. This is the second comment Byrnes made on the issue after the publication of the latest Transparency International report that ranked Macedonia at its...

Macedonia 25.01.21 | 09:16

President Pendarovski’s support for the census law seen as a done deal after Zaev, Ahmeti and Ambassador Byrnes welcomed its adoption

After the Parliament adopted the controversial law on the 2021 census, all eyes are now on President Pendarovski, who did not sign it immediately. Pendarovski said that he will consult experts, as the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party points to problems with the law – mainly the fact that it will count...

Macedonia 08.01.21 | 18:05

Ambassador Byrnes condemns the assault on the US Capitol

US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes tweeted out her condemnation of the incident in the US Congress and welcomed its condemnation by Macedonian political parties. There can be no excuse for acts of political violence like Wednesday’s assault on the United States Capitol. — Ambassador Kate...

Macedonia 23.11.20 | 20:53

Ambassador Byrnes hopes that the dispute with Bulgaria will be resolved outside from the EU accession talks

American Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes said that the US would like to see the dispute with Bulgaria resolved while Macedonia conducts EU accession talks. We certainly hope that (North) Macedonia will continue with its EU accession process. We made clear our desire to hopefully see its accession...

Macedonia 22.09.20 | 09:18

US Ambassador Byrnes meets Ahmeti to discuss integration and the treaties with Bulgaria and Greece

US Ambassaador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes met with DUI party leader Ali Ahmeti yesterday, to discuss Euro-Atlantic integrations, including, it was said, the treaties with Bulgaria and Greece. Bulgaria is renewing its threat to block Macedonia from opening EU accession talks unless sufficient compromises...

Macedonia 02.09.20 | 17:11

Trump statement on the Macedonian independence day, Pompeo congratulates Zaev on his new Government

After meeting with Zoran Zaev, US Ambassador Kate Byrnes met with Stevo Pendarovski to deliver a message of independence day congratulations from Donald Trump. In the message, it’s stated that “North Macedonia” held transparent and democratic elections in July, has made a positive step...

Macedonia 02.09.20 | 12:37

Zaev meets with US Ambassador Byrnes

Zoran Zaev met with US Ambassador Kate Byrnes today to discuss the cooperation between Macedonia and the United States in his second term as Prime Minister. Zaev said that he expects the economic cooperation to finally result in direct investments and touted the NATO membership as crown of the cooperation...

Macedonia 31.08.20 | 11:47

US, EU ambassadors tweet their congratulations to Zaev

US Ambassador to Macedonia Kate Byrnes congratulated to Zoran Zaev on his re-appointment as Prime Minister and asked him to shot commitment to the fight against corruption. A similar statement also came from the outgoing EU Ambassador to Macedonia Samuel Zbogar. Congratulations to Prime Minister @Zoran_Zaev...

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