Tag: eu
Macedonia 18.06.19 | 11:23

EU ministers continue their discussion on Macedonia’s request to open accession talks

European foreign ministers continue meeting in Luxembourg, where the possibility of opening EU accession talks for Macedonia is one of the issues at the agenda. No agreement was made on Monday. France and the Netherlands are seen as the most vocal opponents, while Germany already announced it can make...

Macedonia 11.06.19 | 11:31

Pendarovski will join the convoy of Government officials going to Brussels to plead for accession talks

President Stevo Pendarovski called on the European Union to approve the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and announced he will also travel to Brussels to ask that the country is not shunned to the side after the humiliating name change. Prime Minister Zaev recently visited Brussels for meetings...

Macedonia 10.06.19 | 21:46

VMRO again asks that the EU doesn’t punish Macedonian citizens for Zaev’s failures

For VMRO-DPMNE, EU integration of Macedonia is of vital interest, and we will work that the citizens are not punished in this regard because of the policies pursued by SDSM and Zoran Zaev, said opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski Macedonia faces yet another failed European Council meeting, where it...

Macedonia 08.06.19 | 16:58

Mickoski: As result of Zaev’s actions, Macedonia is drifting further away from the EU

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski issued a video statement saying that the European perspective of Macedonia is endangered by Zoran Zaev and the incompetence and greed of his Government. Mickoski blasted Zaev for his strategy for coping with the ever clearer loss of the prospects to open accession...

Macedonia 06.06.19 | 13:46

EU: We do not want to comment on the new wiretaps

The European Union does not want to comment on the new wiretapped conversations that have been leaked in public. They say that the authorities are still taking action on the wiretaps. We do not comment on ongoing investigations or proceedings. The Commission notes that the authorities are taking action...

Macedonia 29.05.19 | 10:33

EU presents enlargement report meant to reward Zaev for the concessions he made

The European Commission is set to publish its enlargement report, which is widely expected to approve opening EU accession talks for Macedonia, even as a growing number of EU countries oppose this move. Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini were outspoken...

Macedonia 14.05.19 | 16:34

French Ambassador Thimonier when asked whether Macedonia will receive a date to open EU accession talks: I’m not an astrologist

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that he is “not an astrologist” while discussing whether Macedonia will be given a date to open European Union accession talks this summer. France is one of the most outspoken opponents of the proposal, even after the imposed name change. Predicting...

World 09.05.19 | 20:19

Macron says Europe must renew itself or fall

The European Union must focus on climate, security and growth after continent-wide elections in two weeks, or fall, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday as its leaders met in Romania to chart the way forward following Brexit, Reuters reports. The leaders of all members except Britain meet...

Macedonia 09.05.19 | 14:55

In honor of Europe Day, Zaev again asks the EU to open accession talks with Macedonia this June

Zoran Zaev repeated his call to European Union countries to approve opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia in June. Speaking on the day used to celebrate Europe, Zaev said that now that all open issues with neighboring countries have been resolved, there is no excuse to keep postponing the accession...

Macedonia 25.04.19 | 12:08

Hoyt Yee: EU enlargement by 2025 is not realistic

The EU enlargement by 2025 is not realistic and it is harmful that the Western Balkans pretend to implement reforms and the EU that they are implemented, said former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Brian Hoyt Yee. There is no need to give up European integration, but...

Macedonia 22.04.19 | 21:37

EU calls on voter turnout in presidential runoff

The first round of presidential elections took place in a peaceful and transparent manner, however additional reform of the electoral law is needed, MIA’s Brussels correspondent reported. EU Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic told MIA that according to a report by the OSCE/ODIHR observation mission, “the...

Macedonia 15.04.19 | 15:23

Minister Mancevski wants to write his would-be EU advisers a blank cheque

After bemoaning the lack of qualified personnel able to engage the European Union when (if?) accession talks begin, Minister Damjan Mancevski announced that private companies will be hired to provide advice and support. This will open the door for a major nepotism cycle, with the SDSM led Government...

Macedonia 09.04.19 | 12:52

Milososki expects that Macedonia will not be allowed to open EU accession talks this year

Former Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki predicts that Macedonia will not be allowed to open EU accession talks this summer, as Zoran Zaev insisted, and that when the talks finally begin, they will last at least eight to ten years – provided no complications arise. Macedonia will, unfortunately,...

Macedonia 06.04.19 | 23:11

Fact check: Pendarovski multiplied the amount of money Macedonia will take from the EU by ten

VMRO-DPMNE presidential candidate Gordana Siljanovska said that her opponent Stevo Pendarovski grossly inflated the funds Macedonia stands to receive from the European Union after the expected opening of EU accession talks. Pendarovski declared that Macedonia will receive 900 million EUR per year, and...

Macedonia 05.04.19 | 22:57

Siljanovska: We changed our name and still no EU accession in sight

Opposition presidential candidate Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova said its sadly predictable that, even after Macedonia was forced to change its name, it may still be rejected as it applies to begin EU accession talks. The announcement came from EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who said that, instead...

Macedonia 05.04.19 | 20:12

Zaev has “absolutely no intention to resign” if accession talks don’t begin this summer

if Macedonia changes its name and accepts other Greek requests, the date will be approved in June 2019, but opposition from France and the Netherlands prompted the EU to begin talking about granting only a “preparatory stage of negotiations”, a cop-out Macedonia was offered before, and now...

World 05.04.19 | 19:47

Orban: EU elections will determine whether Europe keeps its Christian character

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that the coming European Parliament elections will determine whether Europe will be able to maintain its Christian character. How did we get to the point where it’s a possibility that we need to fight for our lifestyle, our way of life and our natural...

Macedonia 05.04.19 | 10:54

Milososki: Government tries to present the opposition responsible for possible failure to get date for EU negotiations

VMRO-DPMNE MP Antonio Milososki said Thursday on TV 24 that the government is trying to present the opposition responsible for possible failure to get a date for opening negotiations. So we have three different statements, Prime Minister Zaev says that last year we got a date, Vice Prime Minister Osmani...

World 29.03.19 | 22:18

EU Parliament backs ban on single-use plastic products

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in support of a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution from the discarded items in waterways and fields, DW reported. The Parliament backed the ban 560-35. EU member states have given their support but need to vote on the measure...

World 20.03.19 | 16:48

EU regulators fine Google 1.49 billion euros

EU antitrust regulators handed down a 1.49 billion euro ($1.69 billion) fine to Alphabet unit Google on Wednesday for blocking rival online search advertisers, marking the company’s third penalty in two years, Reuters reported. Last year, the EU competition enforcer imposed a record 4.34 billion euro...

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