Tag: corruption
Macedonia 16.01.21 | 21:52

Pro-Government TV station published poll showing that 71.8 percent of the citizens don’t believe Zaev has the capacity to fight corruption

A poll conducted by Telma TV and the MCMS organization showed that 71.8 percent of the citizens do not believe that the Zaev Government has capacity to deal with corruption in Macedonia. Only 23.4 percent of those polled said that they trust Zaev on this issue. Zaev grabbed power in 2017 after a Colored...

Macedonia 30.12.20 | 15:01

Corruption watchdogs call on President Pendarovski to veto Zaev’s pipeline law

Transparency International – Macedonia and other organizations that analyze and report on corruption and financial abuse called on President Stevo Pendarovski to veto the Makpetrol law, under which the oil company will receive 33 million EUR for its share of the GAMA gas pipeline. Zaev’s...

Macedonia 09.12.20 | 17:26

Transparency International index shows major corruption spikes under SDSM rule

On the international day of fighting corruption, Transparency International published its corruption perception index for Macedonia, which ranks the country in a very low, 106th place in the world. The index shows that the level of corruption in Macedonia visibly dips when the conservative VMRO-DPMNE...

Macedonia 09.12.20 | 11:24

Zaev says he will fight corruption

On the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev reminded that corruption and political abuses are the greatest enemies of the citizens and the rule of law. Corruption steals citizens’ money, undermines the rule of law, weakens institutions and threatens democracy,...

Economy 30.11.20 | 20:00

Zdrava kotlina: Bulgarian company, disguised as Swiss capital, became owner of Ilovica mine through Cayman Islands

A Bulgarian company, disguised through a Swiss company through the Cayman Islands, bought the company that owns the Ilovica-Shtuka mine, Euromax Resources in Macedonia, and the Macedonian budget was damaged by not paying a fee of 7% of the value of the concession, the Facebook group “Zdrava kotlina”...

Macedonia 25.09.20 | 17:43

From unsatisfactorily corrupt Macedonia has become a satisfactorily corrupt state: political analyst

Ivor Mickovski, a political analyst, believes that Macedonia has gone from being unsatisfactorily corrupt to being satisfactorily corrupt. We have made progress in the fight against corruption. We have gone from unsatisfactorily corrupt to a satisfactorily corrupt state, Mickovski wrote on Facebook.

Macedonia 24.09.20 | 13:33

VMRO has four demands that will restore the rule of law in Macedonia

We refuse to spend our lives waiting for justice, we’ve been doing that for 30 years, said VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski during the large protest march the party held yesterday evening. Protesters streamed from the Justice Ministry to the Skopje courthouse, chanting against the numerous...

Macedonia 23.09.20 | 15:05

Crime and corruption run rampant in Macedonia, Mickoski says during meeting with Italian Ambassador Romeo

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski had a meeting with Italian Ambassador Carlo Romeo today, during which he raised the issue of high level corruption in Macedonia under the Zaev regime. The Covid-19 pandemic brought our country in a very difficult economic and healthcare situation, and the Government...

Macedonia 22.09.20 | 12:12

VMRO schedules a major protest against SDSM corruption and mafia attacks

A large protest will take place on Wednesday afternoon, organized by the VMRO-DPMNE party in resposne to the mafia links in the SDSM – DUI led Government. One reason for the protest, which opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski called for today, is the attack on outspoken Government critic Ljupco...

Macedonia 12.09.20 | 11:48

Mickoski: Government wants to hide State Department’s report that corruption and bad economy are Macedonia’s main issues

The US State Department published a report on Macedonia which lists a number of negative phenomena, but some media outlets close to the government greatly ignored the report or their reports fabricated milder forms to define the real situation listed in the report, said the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan...

Macedonia 27.08.20 | 22:27

Snub aimed at Zaev? Pendarovski says he would like to see a Government of ministers who are not corrupt

President Stevo Pendarovski called on the Parliament to elect a Government that will not be tainted with corruption and will include competent officials. Pendarovski published a summary of his comments made before the Marshall Center but it’s unclear whether he meant it as a snub of the Government...

Macedonia 25.08.20 | 14:22

VMRO: It’s absurd to have Zaev’s lieutenant Ljupco Nikolovski placed in charge of fighting corruption

The nomination of Zaev loyalist Ljupco Nikolovski as Deputy Prime Minister tasked with fighting corruption is absurd, said the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party. VMRO official Igor Zdravkovski reminded the public that Nikolovski, as Secretary General of SDSM, was deeply involved in organizing the chaotic...

Macedonia 31.07.20 | 11:09

VMRO will propose a law to investigate the origin of wealth of politicians in the first 100 days

VMRO-DPMNE will propose a law to investigate the origin of the property of top politicians in the first 100 days of the new Parliament, said party leader Hristijan Mickoski. He pointed to the inexplicable growth of the family businesses of SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev, and the numerous corruption and...

Macedonia 07.07.20 | 22:50

Two customs agents caught with a large bribe

Two customs agents were caught today with a large sum of money, estimated at between 15 and 20 thousand EUR, reports Infomax. According to the news site, the two female agents are suspected of asking for a bribe from the owner of a forwarding company. When caught by the internal control, the two could...

Macedonia 26.06.20 | 17:44

Zaev’s top healthcare official Den Doncev arrested, questioned over a major corruption scandal

Den Doncev, a confidant of former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev who until recently ran the sprawling FZOM public healthcare fund, was arrested this afternoon and is being questioned about the major corruption scandal known as Racket 2. It is still not clear whether Doncev will face charges and if the prosecutors...

Macedonia 22.06.20 | 22:00

Sekerinska admits that there is no set date when the EU accession talks will begin

SDSM Vice President Radmila Sekerinska finally acknowledged that Macedonia was not given a date to open EU accession talks. SDSM has been announcing and even celebrating “the date” since 2017, but the closest it got is a political statement of the European Council that accession talks will...

Macedonia 22.06.20 | 18:58

Film Agency director Tozija is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission

The Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating the head of the Macedonian Film Agency Gorjan Tozija for abuse of office. Tozija refused to resign after creating an international incident with Croatia and Slovenia, when he rudely insulted both countries and their leaders. Croatian media outlets request...

Macedonia 03.06.20 | 16:03

GRECO demands that Macedonia shows results in the fight against corruption

The GRECO anti-corruption group said that it expects results and reforms in Macedonia in the fight against corruption. According to the Council of Europe body, the activities have stalled with the approach of the elections and need to be resumed. I reiterate once again – this is not for the MPs, this...

Macedonia 26.05.20 | 19:22

Anti-corruption watchdog calls on the Government to stop promoting its stimulus program as a party hand-out ahead of the elections

The State Anti-Corruption Commission (DKSK) called on the Government to stop overly promoting spending programs that could influence the public mood in the run up to the elections. The ruling SDSM party is already campaigning hard on the Government decree that would provide vouchers worth 150 EUR or...

Macedonia 20.04.20 | 12:39

Anti-corruption watchdog warns the Government that the state of emergency doesn’t excuse its corrupt actions

The state Anti-Corruption Commission (DKSK) warned office holders that they will be held accountable for abuses done during the epidemic. Macedonia is currently without a Parliament and the Government holds near total power under a state of emergency, leading to many allegations of abuse on its part,...

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