Tag: pendarovski
Macedonia 24.06.19 | 11:53

Bulgarian member of the European Parliament congratulates Pendarovski for saying that Goce Delcev declared himself as Bulgarian

Bulgarian member of the European Parliament Andrey Kovatchev welcomed the statement by Stevo Pendarovski that legendary VMRO leader Goce Delcev had declared himself as Bulgarian. Pendarovski was asked during a TV interview about the developing dispute with Bulgaria over the nationality of Goce Delcev,...

Macedonia 24.06.19 | 10:04

Pendarovski meets political allies in Berlin to lobby for the EU accession date

President Stevo Pendarovski is on a two day visit Germany, where he is expected to lobby for German support to allow Macedonia to open EU accession talks in October. Pendarovski will meet with German President Frank Walter Steinmeier and Foreign Minister Heiko Mass. Both come from the social-democratic...

Macedonia 22.06.19 | 11:06

Pendarovski says that Goce Delcev’s identity is a red line which Macedonia “probably” won’t be able to cross

President Stevo Pendarovski warned that for Macedonia, saying that Goce Delcev is a Bulgarian is a red line which the country “probably won’t be able to cross”. Still, Pendarovski acknowledged that the legendary VMRO leader did write that he was a Bulgarian, adding that he fought for...

Macedonia 17.06.19 | 11:09

After being called out by Rama, Pendarovski now sees Macedonia’s EU accession as “intertwined” with that of Albania

President Stevo Pendarovski clarified his comments that Macedonia must “decouple” from Albania in the EU accession process, after he was called out for this statement by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who reminded Pendarovski that it was ethnic Albanian voters who got him elected. Pendarovski...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 15:43

Rama asks Pendarovski to remember who had him elected President, after he calls for the “decoupling” of Macedonia from Albania

Reuters reports that Macedonia will receive approval to open EU accession talks later this year, while Albania will be left out. This, and a comment from Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, sparked a bitter tweet from Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. In an interview with Euractiv Pendarovski called...

Macedonia 12.06.19 | 14:24

Tusk tells Pendarovski that some EU member states are opposed to opening EU accession talks with Macedonia

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk said that there is opposition to open EU accession talks with Macedonia. Tusk met President Stevo Pendarovski in Brussels today. I don’t want to prejudge EU decisions. You have done everything that was expected of you. But I want to be honest with...

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 08.06.19 | 16:25

Pendarovski proposes amending the electoral model, his SDSM party is quick to support the idea

With early elections more likely by the day, SDSM and the President Stevo Pendarovski are pushing for a change in the electoral model. Pendarovski today said that he supports the proposal to reduce the number of electoral districts in Macedonia and to introduce open lists. Macedonia is currently divided...

Macedonia 30.05.19 | 14:09

Pendarovski meets the French Ambassador to plead for an EU accession date

President Stevo Pendarovski met with French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier, as part of the frantic efforts of the Zaev Government to get France to approve the opening of EU accession talks. Macedonia yesterday received a positive recommendation from the European Commission to open accession...

Macedonia 23.05.19 | 15:08

Pendarovski defends his intelligence chief as approved by the West, Zaev says he won’t get involved

After the DUI party came out swinging against the newly appointed director of the Intelligence Agency Erol Musliu, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev responded that his appointment is the matter for the newly elected President Stevo Pendarovski. The President has sometimes known not to consult me on certain issues....

Macedonia 22.05.19 | 15:44

Pendarovski presents his staff, Reka refused to join it

Stevo Pendarovski presented his presidential staff today, and appointed Erol Musliu as head of the Intelligence Agency. Pendarovski approached Blerim Reka, who was the candidate of the Albanian opposition parties, to join his team, but Reka refused. His votes were seem as crucial in helping Pendarovski...

Macedonia 16.05.19 | 19:59

Pendarovski threatens the EU with a migrant crisis if it doesn’t approve opening of accession talks with Macedonia

Stevo Pendarovski threatened the European Union with a new migrant crisis unless it allows Macedonia to open accession talks in June. In a shocking interview with the Wall Street Journal, Pendarovski deploys a “this is not a threat, but” statement regarding the border with Greece, which Macedonia...

Macedonia 16.05.19 | 16:17

Zaev meets Pendarovski after snubbing him at the inauguration

After snubbing him at his inauguration, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will meet with newly inaugurated President Stevo Pendarovski this afternoon. This will be the first official meeting between the two. Zaev left the country for a trip to an unspecified country during the inauguration, a move that was criticized...

Macedonia 13.05.19 | 15:28

EU Ambassador meets Pendarovski and Siljanovska, Pendarovski demands opening of EU accession talks

European Union Ambassador to Macedonia Samuel Zbogar met with the newly elected President Stevo Pendarovski, as well as with the opposition candidate Gordana Siljanovska – Davkova. In a statement after meeting Pendarovski, Zbogar said that he encourages the “healing of rifts” in the...

Macedonia 13.05.19 | 14:06

Former Albanian Ambassador to Macedonia reminds Pendarovski who made him President

Former Albanian Ambassador to Macedonia Arben Cejku believes that Ali Ahmeti is the “moral” President of Macedonia and that Stevo Pendarovski owes a debt to the Albanian voters he will have to repay as President. Pendarovski did not had some particular result in the areas of the country where...

Macedonia 13.05.19 | 14:00

VMRO challenges Pendarovski to speak out about Zaev’s crimes and corruption

Commenting on the notable absence of Zoran Zaev from Stevo Pendarovski’s inauguration, the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party said that it is up to Pendarovski to speak up about Zaev’s history of corruption and authoritarianism. Zoran Zaev didn’t have to be physically present at the inauguration...

Macedonia 13.05.19 | 13:15

Pendarovski says he will reach out to the opposition VMRO – but refused to invite its leader to his inauguration

During his presidential inauguration on Sunday, and during his first meeting on Monday, with EU Ambassador Samuel Zbogar, Stevo Pendarovski exclaimed that his first order of business will be to extend a hand to the opposition. This is a notable statement at a time when the Zoran Zaev regime is pursuing...

Macedonia 12.05.19 | 19:44

For Pendarovski and Zaev, time to pay their debts to the Albanian parties

Stevo Pendarovski’s elections comes with serious debts and political mortgages attached and we are all going to pay for it, said VMRO-DPMNE’s Antonio Milososki, while congratulating Pendarovski on his inauguration. Pendarovski lost the competitive vote among the largely ethnic Macedonian...

Macedonia 12.05.19 | 15:36

Pendarovski takes over the presidential office from Ivanov

President Gjorge Ivanov handed over the villa Vodno residence to Stevo Pendarovski in a brief ceremony today afternoon. Ivanov welcomed Pendarovski with military honors in the official residence and had na short meeting with him, after which they were joined by the official staff, some of whom may be...

Macedonia 12.05.19 | 13:44

Pendarovski inaugurated as President, Xhaferi led the ceremony in Albanian

Stevo Pendarovski was inaugurated as Macedonian President today in a ceremony in the Parliament. Speaker Talat Xhaferi led the ceremony, opting to speak in Albanian, which strongly emphasized the voting bloc to which Pendarovski owes his election. Outgoing President Gjorge Ivanov was present, as was...

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