Tag: crisis
Economy 16.12.21 | 14:19

Energy crisis: Minister Bekteshi promises that the price hike won’t exceed 10 percent

Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi said that the electricity price won’t go up over 10 percent, despite much higher requests from the energy producers and retailers. The final price for households and for the small businesses won’t be increased by more than 10 percent. I made that statement...

Macedonia 01.12.21 | 15:27

Government will ask Parliament to extend the state of energy crisis for six more months

The Zaev Government will ask Parliament to extend the state of energy crisis for six more months. This will allow the Government to impose measures such as transferring funds to publicly owned energy companies who are purchasing imported electricity. Domestic electricity production in Macedonia is at...

Economy 14.11.21 | 13:11

Energy crisis: 65 million EUR set aside for emergency electricity imports

Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi said that the Ministry paid 4 billion denars (65 million EUR) to the ELEM company for emergency purchases of electricity. ELEM is Macedonia’s main state owned energy producing company, and is currently completely failing at its job due to corruption and mismanagement...

Economy 10.11.21 | 19:45

Electricity prices will go up in January

Electricity prices will go up in January, said Marko Bislimovski, head of the RKE Energy Regulatory Commission. Macedonia is facing a serious lack of electricity, as the main REK Bitola coal mine is out of service due to mismanagement and corruption and the artificial lakes supplying hydro plants are...

Macedonia 04.11.21 | 09:25

Macedonia is on the verge of an energy crisis

Macedonia is on the verge of formally declaring an energy crisis, as both coal and hydro supplies are greatly reduced, and prices for importing electricity at the regional market are still very high. Economy Minister Kresnik Bekteshi said that the state of crisis will be formally declared early next...

Macedonia 02.06.21 | 09:06

Government asks Parliament to extend the state of crisis until the end of the year

The Zaev Government asked the Parliament to extend the state of crisis until the end of the year. If approved, this will allow the Government to continue having a level of control over the private healthcare sector. The Government also relaxed a number of coronavirus restrictions, given the dropping...

Macedonia 01.04.21 | 21:46

Government declares state of crisis on the border to keep the military engaged in preventing the flow of migrants

The Zaev Government declared a state of emergency on the borders with Greece and Serbia, after the Parliament was unable to do so due to filibustering and Zaev’s slim majority. The decision was needed to get President Pendarovski to keep the military units deployed on the southern border, who help...

Macedonia 01.04.21 | 16:52

Pendarovski withdraws military units that are patrolling for migrant groups from the borders with Greece and Serbia

President Pendarovski announced that he has ordered the army to withdraw from the borders with Greece and Serbia, after the state of emergency was not extended. Macedonia declared a state of emergency on both borders that are key parts of the Balkan migrant route in 2015 and this allowed the President...

Macedonia 14.12.20 | 15:15

Not enough members of Parliament were present to extend the state of crisis for six months

The ruling coalition failed in its attempt to extend the state of crisis for six months. Not enough members of Parliament were present to vote on this proposal, or on the plan to hold a census in early 2021. The coalition has only 62 seats in the Parliament, which means that the opposition parties can...

Macedonia 23.11.20 | 16:49

Zaev crisis management chief assures the public that everything is under control

Stojance Angelov, the populist politician appointed to the top position of the Crisis management center, assured the public that he has the situation under control after a crisis state was declared yesterday. Angelov, a former mercenary known for stunts such as breaking tiles with his head, held a meeting...

Macedonia 21.11.20 | 11:33

State of crisis officially declared, first moves aimed at the three best private hospitals in Skopje

The Macedonian Government declared a state of crisis on the entire territory of the country, for the next 30 days, in order to better manage the spiraling coronavirus crisis. One of the first orders is to have privately owned hospitals managed by the Government. Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce yesterday...

Macedonia 20.11.20 | 09:18

State of crisis about to be declared

The Macedonian Government is expected to declare a state of crisis today, first such move since the legally somewhat different state of emergency declared during much of spring. The main move expected under the new regime will be a partial take-over of privately owned hospitals, and their use to treat...

Macedonia 31.07.20 | 15:31

Mickoski: Politics is distracting the country from the actual healthcare and economic crises we face

The political crisis and the difficult post-election coalition talks are distracting the country from issues that really matter to the citizens, said VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski, pointing to the continuing bad handling of the coronavirus epidemic and the economic decline. We talk about possible...

Macedonia 13.04.20 | 17:24

Quarantine lifted in Debar and Centar Zupa after 10 days with no new Covid-19 cases

The quarantine on the city of Debar and the neighboring Centar Zupa municipality will be lifted today. The area was the early hotbed of the coronavirus epidemic, after citizens who visited or worked in Italy came to the area and brought he virus. The small city and the near-by villages were sealed off...

Economy 01.04.20 | 14:36

Finance Minister Angelovska sees a budget shortfall of between 700 million and 1.3 billion EUR

Finance Minister Nina Angelovska outlined three scenarios for the coming economic crisis. Even under the most favorable scenario the budget would see a projected revenue shortfall of 20 percent, or a deficit of 700 million EUR, Angelovska said. This is caused by the quarantine and curfew ordered because...

Macedonia 27.03.20 | 16:44

Kumanovo authorities want full quarantine in one of Macedonia’s largest cities

The city of Kumanovo calls on the Government to declare a full quarantine in one of Macedonia’s largest cities. This was decided by the municipal crisis management center, on request of Mayor Maksim Dimitrievski, who wants to control who gets to enter and leave the city. Kumanovo does not have...

Macedonia 18.03.20 | 12:08

Pendarovski says Macedonia doesn’t have the resources necessary to declare a state wide crisis situation

President Stevo Pendarovski revealed to the public that Macedonia does not have the resources necessary to impose a crisis situation cross the entire country. So far the municipalities of Debar and Centar Zupa, which are under quarantine, had a crisis situation officially declared there and the police...

Macedonia 17.03.20 | 18:00

Party leaders divided over whether to declare a state of emergency or a crisis situation

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that party leaders were divided over whether to declare a crisis situation or state of emergency in Macedonia because of the coronavirus. VMRO-DPMNE proposed declaring a crisis situation across the whole of Macedonia while SDSM leader Zoran Zaev asked for...

Macedonia 16.03.20 | 19:34

Pendarovski won’t declare a crisis situation

President Stevo Pendarovski said that he will not propose that a crisis situation or a state of emergency is declared in Macedonia despite repeated calls from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party to declare a crisis to better tackle the coronavirus. Pendarovski called up the Security Council and discussed...

Macedonia 15.03.20 | 16:33

Nikolov: Fighting the coronavirus requires declaring a crisis situation

Doctor Igor Nikolov, who is a member of the VMRO-DPMNE Executive Committee, called that a crisis situation is declared in Macedonia. Nikolov said that it is necessary for the protection of lives and for curbing the spread of the coronavirus. The borders need to be closed for all passengers, except for...

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