Tag: eu
Macedonia 04.07.20 | 22:34

Zaev repeats his claim that the Macedonian language is becoming an official EU language

In an interview, SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev repeated his claim that the publication of a draft negotiating framework by the European Commission ensures that the Macedonian language is an official language of the European Union. The framework, which is subject to amendments from EU member states, declares...

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 19:52

Siljanovska: The negotiating framework does not mean a date for negotiations

Negotiating framework does not mean a date for negotiations. It focuses on three moments, principles, essence and procedure. EU members, after reviewing it, have the right to make comments, Gordana Siljanovska Davkova, head of VMRO-DPMNE’s list in the first electoral district said in a TV debate...

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 15:32

Mucunski: The reports that the Macedonian language was made an official EU language are fake news

Timco Mucunski, the VMRO-DPMNE International Affairs Secretary, welcomed the EU draft negotiating framework that was announced yesterday, but also warned the SDSM led Government against spreading fake news about it. SDSM leader Zoran Zaev yesterday declared that with the framework, the EU has recognized...

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 14:32

Government leaks the EU document that refers to the Macedonian language

The Macedonian Information Agency leaked a portion of the EU draft negotiating framework, where the Macedonian language is named clearly and without any adjectives or explanations. “North” Macedonia will need to produce translations of the acquis into Macedonian in good time before accession,...

Macedonia 02.07.20 | 10:53

Zaev triumphantly declares that the EU recognized the Macedonian language

SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev triumphantly announced the move by the European Commission to prepare its draft negotiating framework with Macedonia and Albania. The framework has yet to be accepted by all EU member states before Macedonia can actually open accession talks, and this will likely require...

Macedonia 01.07.20 | 21:16

EU Commission drafts negotiating frameworks for Macedonia and Albania

Today, the European Commission presented to the Council draft negotiating frameworks for Albania and Macedonia, laying out the guidelines and principles for their accession talks, the EC said in a press release. The Commission was invited to submit these proposals in March 2020 by the General Affairs...

Macedonia 30.06.20 | 17:30

Macedonia fails to meet EU travel criteria

The EU Council adopted Tuesday a recommendation on the entry of third-country nationals in the Union as of July 1, with Macedonia failing to meet the epidemiological criteria, MIA reports from Brussels. Despite the European Commission recommendation to give all countries of the Western Balkans a green...

Macedonia 30.06.20 | 10:02

EU expected to keep its borders closed for Macedonian citizens

EU member states are today expected to decide on the list of countries whose citizens will again be allowed to enter the EU. Due to the extremely high rates of infection and mortality, Macedonia is not expected to be on the list. Preliminary lists have included non-EU states from the region like Serbia...

Macedonia 25.06.20 | 14:53

Negotiating frameworks for Macedonia and Albania not published yet

The European Commission (EC) is still “finalizing” the negotiating frameworks for Macedonia and Albania. European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi stated several times that the negotiating frameworks will be presented in June, MIA’s Brussels correspondent reported...

World 12.06.20 | 20:00

V4 countries want fair recovery package

The Visegrad Four are interested in a strong, prosperous Europe with a well-functioning internal market, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said after a meeting of V4 premiers on Thursday, the V4 news agency reported. Hungarian PM Viktor Orban emphasized that Hungary’s attitude to the recovery fund...

Balkans 11.06.20 | 17:27

EC recommends opening EU borders for Western Balkans as of July 1

The European Commission recommends to EU member states to lift travel restrictions for Western Balkans as of 1 July, given that their epidemiological situation is similar or better than that of the EU, MIA’s Brussels correspondent reported Thursday. Today the European Commission recommends to Schengen...

Macedonia 10.06.20 | 22:31

EU Commissioner Varhelyi warned Zaev that he can’t set the election date on his own – the process must be inclusive

European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi spoke with the leaders of the two main parties in Macedonia, Hristijan Mickoski and Zoran Zaev this evening, and warned that the elections must be held in a way that is fair and inclusive. The conversation comes as Zaev and his ruling SDSM party are...

Economy 03.06.20 | 10:47

V4 leaders come out in opposition to the proposed EU economic rescue plan

The leaders of the V4 countries jointly came out in opposition to the proposed package for economic renewal, that is being prepared by the European Commission. The leaders of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia met with the President of the European Council Charles Michel to discuss the...

Macedonia 20.05.20 | 23:14

US Ambassador Byrnes: It is reasonable to expect elections to be held as soon as conditions allow, bearing in mind the health and well-being of voters

“360 Degrees” asked the US Embassy and the EU mission in Macedonia about their position regarding the political developments in the country. We are closely following the discussion between the political leaders. Discussion should continue for the country to be able to organize elections and...

Macedonia 20.05.20 | 09:59

No answer: Despite numerous questions, Sekerinska couldn’t say what is the date when Macedonia will open the EU accession talks

Despite numerous attempts to get her to answer, Deputy Prime Minister Radmila Sekerinska would not clearly disclose to the public when will Macedonia begin its EU accession talks. Sekerinska was promoting what she called a major success for the diplomacy of her Government – the securing of the...

Macedonia 20.05.20 | 09:49

EU negotiating framework for Macedonia and Albania will be prepared in June, Commissioner Varhelyi says

European Commissioner in charge of enlargement Oliver Varhelyi announced that the negotiating framework for Macedonia and Albania will be prepared in June. This framework then needs to be approved by the individual EU member states. Speaking before the European Parliament AFET committee, Varhelyi also...

Macedonia 19.05.20 | 15:59

EU doesn’t say whether it will support elections without the participation of the opposition

The European Union does not comment on the possible elections in June, as announced by SDSM leader Zoran Zaev. “Republika” asked EC spokesperson Ana Pisonero if elections in which the opposition would not participate are acceptable. We received a brief response that they are closely following...

Macedonia 18.05.20 | 19:54

EU: Macedonia to step up efforts to fight corruption, strengthen rule of law and transparency

The EU and the Western Balkans will hold the Economic and Financial Dialogue on Tuesday, which is to focus primarily on the socio-economic consequences from the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, MIA reports from Brussels. The draft-conclusions of the Council of the EU regarding Macedonia note...

World 09.05.20 | 10:25

European Commission recommends that EU borders remain closed for another month

The European Commission called on EU member states and countries in the Schengen zone to keep the external borders closed for another month. If approved, the ban will apply on non-essential travel from third countries into the Schengen zone, with the hope it would reduce the spread of the coronavirus....

Macedonia 09.05.20 | 10:20

EU organizes an event to celebrate May 9 in Skopje

The EU Embassy in Macedonia is holding an event to celebrate May 9 as the day of Europe, with speeches from European and Macedonian officials. The event will include a video address from Commissioner Oilver Varhelyi, as well as honoring the victims and the first responders in the coronavirus epidemic.

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