Tag: eu
World 08.04.20 | 21:31

Hungarian government discusses EU issues

On Tuesday, Hungarian MPs discussed measures taken by Brussels against the coronavirus pandemic, issues pertaining to land lease and amending Hungary’s Criminal Code in parliament, the V4 news agency reported. “National responses work best in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic; Brussels’...

Macedonia 06.04.20 | 14:07

Szijjarto expects that Macedonia will open EU accession talks no later than June

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who is in Macedonia to deliver a package of aid to help fight the coronavirus, said that he expects the opening of EU accession talks to occur no later than June. Macedonia finally received the political approval to open accession talks, after years of obstruction...

Macedonia 03.04.20 | 09:54

Sassoli: EU seeks ways to include Western Balkan countries in its mechanisms to deal with COVID-19

The European Union is already looking for ways to include Western Balkan countries in its mechanisms to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, said in his response to an appeal Western Balkan parliament speakers sent to the EU recently. As President...

Macedonia 25.03.20 | 21:48

EU Commissioner Varhelyi announces financial assistance for Macedonia

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi announced that the EU is sending financial assistance to Macedonia for fighting the coronavirus. The initial support will be in the amount of four million EUR from the integration instruments, 9 million meant to support companies and three million to...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 17:30

VMRO-DPMNE welcomes positive decision of General Affairs Council, expects date for first intergovernmental conference

VMRO-DPMNE welcomes the positive decision of the General Affairs Council, and we are also looking forward to the date for the first intergovernmental conference with the EU member states, the largest opposition party in the country said in a press release. The European commitments are our strategic orientation...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 17:13

Macedonia exception: When Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia were approved to open accession talks, they were given a specific date

Today’s approval by the EU member states to open accession talks with Macedonia and Albania seems optimistic at first glance. But it’s only at first glance. A closer look at this decision shows that there is no set date, deadline, or commitment to start the talks. EU Enlargement Commissioner...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 16:31

Varhelyi: Accession talks are approved, the date will come “very quickly”

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi clarified that the EU member states approved the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania, but that the actual date will come very soon. We on our side as a Commission will speed up our work and we will present very shortly the negotiating...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 15:14

Dimitrov sends message of gratitude to the EU, but won’t reveal the date for opening accession talks

Macedonian Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Dimitrov expressed his gratitude to the European Union for its decision to open accession talks with Macedonia, but neither he nor EU officials are revealing the date. Macedonia has received a dozen recommendations to open accession talks but never received...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 14:27

Oliver Varheyi says that the EU reached political agreement to open accession talks with Macedonia and Albania

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varheyi informed that EU member states have reached a political decision to open accession talks with Macedonia and Albania. Very pleased that EU member states today reached political agreement on opening of accession talks with Albania and “North”...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 13:47

Reuters: EU set to approve accession talks with Macedonia and Albania but again no specific date

Reuters reports that the European Union member states will approve opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania, but the conclusions don’t contain actual dates when this would begin. The European Council is meeting in a video-conference to discuss the coronavirus epidemic, and the enlargement...

Macedonia 21.03.20 | 15:58

Osmani asks Crisis Management Commissioner Lenarčič to activate EU Civil Protection Mechanism in Macedonia

Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani has sent Saturday a letter to the European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič, asking for the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to be activated in Macedonia. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country, the Government of the Republic of...

Macedonia 19.03.20 | 14:42

Dimitrov contradicts Osmani’s announcement that the EU approved opening accession talks with Macedonia

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Dimitrov poured cold water on the rosy announcement from Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, who earlier today said that the European Union member states finally approved the opening of accession talks with Macedonia. EU leaders are supposed to meet over a video-conference...

Macedonia 18.03.20 | 10:10

European Council where Macedonia hopes for an accession talks date will be a video-conference

The European Council summit where Macedonia hopes for another chance to open EU accession talks will be held as a video-conference because of the coronavirus. The two-day summit is planned to begin on March 26. The issue of allowing Macedonia and Albania to open EU accession talks will follow after the...

World 17.03.20 | 09:03

Europe plans full border closure in virus battle

The European Commission is planning to ban all non-essential travel throughout Europe’s Schengen free-travel zone as more countries close their borders to try to limit the spread of coronavirus, BBC reported. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she would ask leaders to implement the...

World 03.03.20 | 14:54

Orban: It’s forbidden to say so in Europe, but this is organized invasion, 95 % of migrants are military-aged men

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the only leader in Europe ready to take any action to stop the ongoing migrant invasion of Europe, spoke on Thursday of the growing number of migrants on Hungary’s southern border. Following a routine inspection of Hungary’s border fence with his Slovak...

Macedonia 28.02.20 | 14:29

The EU is silent about the Zaev tapes

The European Union is silent on the two tapes released by MP Antonio Milososki, in which former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev is the lead actor. “Republika” has sent two emails to the new EU spokespersons covering Western Balkans, Peter Stano and Ana Pisonero,  but received no response. The...

Macedonia 27.02.20 | 22:11

EU Commissioner Varheyi hopes for a green light for Macedonia and Albania within a few weeks

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varheyi said that it’s possible the EU approves the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania within weeks. Varheyi was meeting the foreign ministers of the V4 countries, who are all strong supporters of future EU enlargement, and said that the...

Macedonia 20.02.20 | 20:13

EU Ambassador Zbogar warns that Macedonia will need to fix its economy, institutions, before it can join the EU

European Union Ambassador to Macedonia Samuel Zbogar warned that the country has a lot of work to do still before it can join the EU. Zbogar pointed to issues with the economy, the environment, the functioning of institutions, and said all these need to be fixed before Macedonia can join the EU. This...

World 18.02.20 | 20:22

EU car sales down by 7.5 per cent in January

Sales of new cars in the European Union dropped year-on-year by 7.5 per cent in January, an industry group said Tuesday, blaming the fall on new taxes. Just under 957,000 new cars were registered in the EU last month, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said in its monthly bulletin. “Major...

Macedonia 18.02.20 | 14:33

Balkan applicants raise the issue of Europe’s direction: Bloomberg editor proposes a three tier EU

After French President Emmanuel Macron blocked the opening of EU accession talks for Macedonia and Albania, a debate opened about whether the EU can continue to expand while at the same time deepening the integration and decision making. Bloomberg editor Andreas Kluth proposes that this dilemma is resolved...

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