Tag: Macedonia
Macedonia 04.12.20 | 22:55

Palmer: Dispute with Bulgaria should be resolved outside the EU accession process

The EU accession process should be based on principles, and Macedonia has made enough reforms to justify holding the first intergovernmental conference. The bilateral dispute with Bulgaria should be resolved outside the accession process, Matthew Palmer, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European...

Macedonia 23.11.20 | 15:14

No air quality improvement in Macedonia, according to the EC report

The European Commission presented Monday its regular report on the situation with air pollution in Europe, which includes the six countries from the Western Balkans, in which it is assessed that the situation is still unsatisfactory, MIA’s correspondent in Brussels reported. The health of the people...

Macedonia 18.11.20 | 22:14

State Department: Skopje and Sofia to resolve the dispute outside accession process

The United States urge Bulgaria and Macedonia to resolve outstanding bilateral disputes outside the accession process to achieve the shared goal – EU membership for Macedonia. We are clear in our desire to see Macedonia’s candidature enter the negotiating framework by the end of this year,...

Macedonia 17.11.20 | 21:46

Macedonia with highest number of corona infections and deaths per million inhabitants compared to neighboring countries

The latest data on the epidemiological situation show that the situation in the Republic of Macedonia is more than worrying. Namely, compared to the neighboring countries, it can be noticed that Macedonia breaks records, but only when it comes to new coronavirus cases and death. According to the data...

Macedonia 17.11.20 | 11:42

Macedonia has the highest Covid-19 mortality rate in both the Balkans and the EU

Statistics show that out of the countries in the region, Macedonia has the highest mortality rate. After Monday’s record high 40 deaths in one day, with a figure of 2.8%, Macedonia again has the highest mortality rate in the Balkans. Namely, the mortality rate is a percentage of deaths from the...

Macedonia 16.11.20 | 18:22

Germany to do everything for start of Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations, says Maas

Germany will do everything in its power to start Macedonia’s EU accession talks the German presidency by the end of the year, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in the address at a ceremony in Berlin where the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 2020 Human Rights Award was awarded to Prime Minister...

Macedonia Sport 12.11.20 | 21:17

Macedonia celebrates historic football win

Macedonian football players in Tbilisi are celebrating after their 1:0 win over Georgia, which takes them to the 2021 European Championship. On the pitch, the team broke out in song and dance, singing the classic “Macedonia Pearl of the Balkans” by Goce Nikolovski. The team couldn’t...

Macedonia Sport 12.11.20 | 20:26

Historic win: Macedonia qualifies to the European Championship

In a historic first, the Macedonian national football team made it to the 2021 European Championship. Macedonia beat Georgia 0:1 in Tbilisi this evening, after previously eliminating Kosovo, for the place kept for the teams that ranked third in their qualifying groups. Macedonian captain Goran Pandev...

Macedonia 03.11.20 | 15:16

Macedonian Government issues broad, unspecific statement after the emergency summit with Bulgaria in Berlin

Macedonia’s two main diplomats, Bujar Osmani and Nikola Dimitrov, remain silent about the outcome of their emergency meeting with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva in Berlin yesterday. Zaharieva stated the demands Bulgaria has before it will allow the opening of EU accession talks...

Macedonia 03.11.20 | 10:53

Carl Bildt criticizes Bulgaria for vetoing Macedonia

Former Swedish Prime Minister and Balkan envoy Carl Bildt criticized Bulgaria for its move to veto the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. If any 🇪🇺 progress in the Balkans will be dependent upon the one or the other state imposing some “historical truth” we can be certain that...

Macedonia 02.11.20 | 20:56

Trump’s advisor: Macedonia is our priority, and the Macedonian people our ally

One of the closest associates of US President Donald Trump, Mark Burns, ahead of the US elections, gave an interview to the Macedonian news portal “Media.mk” in which he talks about US policy in the Balkans and in Macedonia. Burns believes that there are serious problems and conflicts in...

Macedonia 29.10.20 | 14:17

“Politico”: Zaev will recognize there are Bulgarian foundations of the Macedonian identity and language

Politico Brussels reported this morning that during Wednesday’s meeting of EU ambassadors a compromise was allegedly reached to start the first intergovernmental conference between the EU and Macedonia and that Bulgaria agreed to that “compromise”. As a senior EU diplomat told Politico,...

Macedonia 27.10.20 | 13:50

Government confirmes that the Agreement with Bulgaria will be changed – we are left without the language, Goce and the history

The agreement with Bulgaria will still change. After a month of denial, the government finally confirmed that it would agree to Bulgarian demands regarding the language, history and Macedonian minority in Pirin Macedonia. After Prime Minister Zoran Zaev acknowledged that there would be an annex to the...

Macedonia 27.10.20 | 10:47

Süddeutsche Zeitung: Identity issues once again block Macedonia’s EU path

Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote that Macedonia will be able to start negotiations with the EU only if it recognizes that its language is a dialect of Bulgarian, and its national heroes are Bulgarians. The country, which not so long ago changed its name to increase its chances of EU membership, now faces another...

Economy 22.10.20 | 14:02

World Bank: Macedonia is coping with its deepest recession ever

Macedonia is coping with its deepest recession in two decades affecting all sectors of the economy and economic activity is forecast to decline by 4.1 percent in 2020, according to the World Bank’s latest Regular Economic Report . The reason for this situation, as the World Bank, says, is the COVID-19...

Macedonia 21.10.20 | 14:22

In addition to Bulgaria, the commission for historical issues also holds meeting with Greece

On Monday, the fifth meeting of the Macedonian and Greek teams was held online in a collegial and constructive atmosphere in accordance with the Prespa Agreement. After getting acquainted with each other, the two teams, based on the established Conclusions from the previous meetings of the Commission,...

Macedonia 16.10.20 | 18:59

After two days of meetings, no progress between Macedonian and Bulgarian historians on the dispute over Goce Delcev

The meeting between Macedonian and Bulgarian historians in Skopje concluded this afternoon with both parties stating that the progress that was achieved was modest and “not essential”. Bulgaria demands concessions from Macedonia on historic and national identity issues, which it mainly expects...

Macedonia 15.10.20 | 11:39

Bulgaria maintains its position, chances for agreement in joint historical commission are slim to none

TV Alfa sources in the Macedonian team of the joint historical commission, briefed that given the firm position of the Bulgarian colleagues, but also the political nomenclature in Sofia, Thursday’s meeting will be practically of a formal nature, and the chances for progress are slim to none. The...

Macedonia 14.10.20 | 11:35

Macedonia-Bulgaria joint commission to meet in Skopje on Thursday and Friday

After a long break, the commission established to resolve the historical disputes between Macedonia and Bulgaria will hold meetings in Skopje on Thursday and Friday. It is planned to end with the already started discussion regarding the harmonization of recommendations for history textbooks for 7th grade...

Macedonia 12.10.20 | 18:40

Increased traffic at Macedonia-Kosovo border after PCR test requirement was lifted

Increased passenger traffic was seen on Monday at the Jazince border crossing as the PCR test requirement was lifted when crossing the border between Macedonia and Kosovo, the border police station reports. According to their information, until 3:30 pm on Monday, 1,500 passengers have entered Macedonia...

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