Saturday, 3 June 2023
Nikoloski: All infrastructure projects are stopped, except for the harmful Bechtel deal
The Government stopped all infrastructure projects, except for the corrupt Bechtel contract, said VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski during his visit to the region of Rosoman. Citizens there are asking for a road link to the planned Veles – Prilep expressway, but work on this road,...
Serious landslide blocks the Skopje – Veles highway
A major landslide blocked the Skopje – Veles highway yesterday evening near the village of Sopot. Dozens of cars were blocked on the key highway and had to use a dirt road to leave the highway. Trucks remained stuck.
No questions allowed during the ground breaking ceremony for the first of the Bechtel highways
Government officials, US Ambassador Angela Aggeler and representative of the Bechtel construction company attended a ceremony today to mark the beginning of work to expand the Tetovo – Gostivar highway. This section is part of the major – and highly dubious – contract to build highways...
New details in the corrupt highway oversight project
VMRO-DPMNE will reveal additional details in the scandal involving the oversight of the major Bechtel highway contract that is being signed today for 1.3 billion EUR. The opposition party was focused on the consortium selected to oversee the project, for 22 million EUR, and will have the power to report...
Mickoski reveals that the Government picked a scandalous company to conduct oversight on a huge infrastructure project
VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski responded to First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi, who tries to deflect from his growing corruption allegations by blaming his critics of working with Russia. Grubi is the point man for several highway projects, done in cooperation with the US Bechtel company,...
Businessman close to Artan Grubi bought a discounted hotel from a company that got a valuable highway contract
Fokus reports that a businessman close to First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi purchased a hotel from the Granit construction company, which then received a lucrative highway contract that Grubi has influence over. The Granit hotel at the Popova Sapka ski resort was sold for just 55,000 EUR, a sum...
Two months after the major landslide, the Stip – Skopje highway is still not cleared
Two months after the large landslide on the Skopje – Stip highway, the debris still hasn’t been cleared. The incident happened in early December, after strong rains, on the Stip to Skopje side, about 10 kilometers east from the Miladinovci intersection. Since then, the Transportation Ministry...
EBRD will help fund a section of the controversial Gostivar – Kicevo highway
Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi signed an agreement with the EBRD representative Andi Aranitasi for 110 million EUR in funding for the first stage of the Gostivar – Kicevo highway. The stage covers the easiest section of the track, north from Kicevo to the village of Bukojcani. Once completed, the...
Constitutional Court reportedly approved the exclusive highway contract with Bechtel – Enka
First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi said that, according to his information, the Constitutional Court approved the special law adopted to give the American – Turkish Bechtel – Enka consortium exclusive right to build several key highways in Macedonia. The contract was strongly supported...
The Kicevo – Ohrid highway reached a price tag of 10 million EUR per kilometer
According to the new projections by the Zaev Government, the Kicevo – Ohrid highway will cost 10 million EUR per kilometer, when (if) it’s finished in 2023. This year is now put forward by Zaev’s officials, after the price tag was greatly inflated. The 57 kilometer highway, that is being built...
Horse filmed galloping on the highway near Gostivar
Social media users shared a video of a horse galloping on the Tetovo – Gostivar highway yesterday, while dragging a cart. Police was seen in close pursuit, both heading in the wrong direction, and eventually stopped the horse. Dogs are commonly seen on highway lanes, but a horse is a bit much even...
Bocvarski defends the plan to add new tolls to the existing highways
Transportation Minister Blagoj Bocvarski defended the plan to add a third paytoll station to the Tetovo – Gostivar highway (just 25 kilometers). Bocvarski said that this is being done to expand the highway in the future, as well as to ensure that the country has “modern roads”. We are projecting...
Zaev’s Government insists there is “strong progress” made on the Kicevo – Ohrid highway
In a statement, responding to the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, the Zaev Government insisted that work on the Kicevo – Ohrid highway continues. The Chinese funded highway is proceeding at glacial pace ever since Zaev grabbed power in 2017, and is already over three years past the date when it was...
New promise: The Kicevo – Ohrid highway will be finished by the end of 2023
Ejup Rustemi, the newly appointed head of the Macedonian Roads (JDPD) public utility company, said that the deadline to complete the Kicevo – Ohrid highway is now pushed to the end of 2023. Little work is being done on the key highway, which broke ground in early 2014. The Chinse Sinohydro company...
Zaev’s Government wants to revive the Chinese built Kicevo – Ohrid highway project
The Zaev Government announced a new push to restart work on the badly delayed Kicevo – Ohrid highway. Construction began in 2014, after the Gruevski Government signed a contract with the Chinese Sinohydro company, and work was supposed to finish in 2018, but in the meantime SDSM grabbed power and...
Janusev: Railway to Bulgaria, new border crossings and new motorways in the east
Igor Janusev, who leads the VMRO-DPMNE list of candidates in the 3rd, eastern electoral district, said that priorities for the party in the next four years will be completing the railway link to Bulgaria, and finishing several motorways that were initiated under the previous VMRO administration and left...
Top SDSM candidate left stumped when she was asked to say where are the 230 kilometers of newly built highways
The north-eastern debate televised, which featured candidates from the 2nd electoral district, contained an amusing moment when VMRO-DPMNE candidate Vladimir Misajlovski asked his opponent from SDSM Sanja Lukarevska to name some of the highways her party claim to have built. SDSM politicians have made...
Misajlovski: We will build a completely new highway from Veles, through Prilep to Bitola
Former Minister of Transport and Communications Vlado Misajlovski promises that when VMRO-DPMNE comes to power they will build a completely new highway from Veles, through Prilep to Bitola. We will completely reconstruct all regional roads and invest over 2 billion euros in road infrastructure, Misajlovski...
Days after Mickoski presented his infrastructure plan, Zaev comes up with the same idea
No sooner did VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski reveal his grand infrastructure plan, whose centerpiece is a highway linking Skopje to Bitola, did Zoran Zaev also come up with the same proposal. Mickoski presents an ambitious infrastructure plan worth two billion EUR Zaev said that he is “proposing...
Sinohydro workers will be quarantined before they come to Macedonia
Chinese workers from the Sinohydro company, who are working on the Kicevo – Ohrid highway, will remain in quarantine for two weeks prior to their arrival to Macedonia to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This was agreed at a meeting between the Chinese Embassy in Macedonia and the Macedonian...
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