Tag: pendarovski
Macedonia 26.01.21 | 11:30

Pendarovski promises Bulgaria that Macedonia will not try to install “some kind of a Macedonian minority”

President Stevo Pendarovski vowed not to interfere in Bulgarian internal affairs over the issue of minority rights, referring to Macedonians in Bulgaria as “some kind of minority”. In an interview, he did insist that there are Macedonians living in Greece, though. Bulgaria is adamant that...

Macedonia 25.01.21 | 14:19

President Pendarovski approved the controversial census law

As predicted, Stevo Pendarovski announced that he has signed the highly controversial census law. His move comes after Prime Minister Zaev said that there is no chance the President will not sign the law, and after US Ambassador Byrnes endorsed it. President Pendarovski’s support for the census...

Macedonia 25.01.21 | 09:16

President Pendarovski’s support for the census law seen as a done deal after Zaev, Ahmeti and Ambassador Byrnes welcomed its adoption

After the Parliament adopted the controversial law on the 2021 census, all eyes are now on President Pendarovski, who did not sign it immediately. Pendarovski said that he will consult experts, as the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party points to problems with the law – mainly the fact that it will count...

Macedonia 16.01.21 | 11:01

Pendarovski confirms that Macedonia’s nominee for military representative to NATO failed the security check

President Stevo Pendarovski confirmed that the Macedonian candidate for a military representative to NATO, colonel Zoran Sekulovski, failed the security check and will not be allowed to assume the position. Pendarovski said that he is the second Macedonian security official who failed the background...

Macedonia 15.01.21 | 15:26

Pendarovski now supports joining the EEA, but only as a step toward full EU membership

President Pendarovski reversed his position that Macedonia needs to reject membership in the European Economic Area. In an interview with the state run MIA news agency, Pendarovski said that Macedonia can accept membership in the EEA, but only if that doesn’t detract from full EU membership. Pendarovski...

Macedonia 15.01.21 | 11:56

Pendarovski wants guarantees that Albanians won’t lose their political power even if they drop below 20 percent of the population

Discussing the disputed census that the Zaev regime plans to hold this April, President Stevo Pendarovski said that for an accurate census, it will be important to guarantee minority rights regardless of the ethnic distribution in the country. At issue is the 2001 Ohrid peace treaty and the subsequent...

Macedonia 30.12.20 | 15:01

Corruption watchdogs call on President Pendarovski to veto Zaev’s pipeline law

Transparency International – Macedonia and other organizations that analyze and report on corruption and financial abuse called on President Stevo Pendarovski to veto the Makpetrol law, under which the oil company will receive 33 million EUR for its share of the GAMA gas pipeline. Zaev’s...

Macedonia 29.12.20 | 09:43

No reason to add an annex to the 2017 treaty, Pendarovski tells Bulgaria

In a TV interview, President Stevo Pendarovski insisted that there is no need for an additional annex to the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty with Bulgaria. Bulgaria is blocking Macedonia’s EU accession talks as it demands additional concessions and also a way to make them legally binding. We did...

Macedonia 21.12.20 | 19:14

NATO is a done deal, let’s leave that issue behind us, Pendarovski tells Russian “Kommersant”

In an interview with the Russian “Kommersant” newspaper, President Stevo Pendarovski said that Macedonia’s entry into NATO did not worsen relations with Russia, but did reduce ties between the two countries. Pendarovski insisted that it is natural, and that all former socialist country...

Macedonia 20.12.20 | 10:41

Zaharieva insists that pressure from other EU countries won’t dissuade Bulgaria, calls on Pendarovski to stop misrepresenting the dispute

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva advised Macedonia to stop trying to get other European countries to pressure Bulgaria in the growing historic dispute. Germany tried to intervene in the dispute, and after it failed, Slovakia and the Czech Republic blocked Bulgaria’s attempt to force...

Macedonia 19.12.20 | 08:50

Bulgaria rejected a proposal that German historians are added to the joint committee

In a TV interview, President Stevo Pendarovski said that Bulgaria refused a proposal that two German historians are included in the joint historic committee. The work of the committee, set up under the 2017 Zaev – Borisov treaty, is blocked as Bulgaria takes a hard line and demands that practically...

Macedonia 17.12.20 | 12:36

Is Pendarovski’s call that ethnic Albanians help protect Macedonian identity realistic?

While President Pendarovski’s annual address before the Parliament was overshadowed by the protest staged by the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, one of the points he made is likely to be tested in the coming days. Pendarovski appealed to the ethnic Albanian members of Parliament, and the other non-Macedonian...

Macedonia 16.12.20 | 14:23

VMRO representatives turn their back on Pendarovski

VMRO-DPMNE boycotted the annual address by President Stevo Pendarovski in the Parliament today, because of his positions toward Macedonian history and national identity. When Pendarovski took the podium, the opposition members of Parliament turned their backs on him and revealed signs denouncing Pendarovski...

Macedonia 16.12.20 | 09:22

President Pendarovski’s annual address expected to be dominated by the Bulgaria dispute

President Stevo Pendarovski is going to have his annual address before the Parliament today.  The event is expected to be dominated by the growing dispute with Bulgaria, where Pendarovski made a slight divergence from Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, although he didn’t go as far as condemn Zaev’s new...

Macedonia 15.12.20 | 14:05

Mickoski: Pendarovski doesn’t have credibility to organize a meeting of party leaders

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that President Stevo Pendarovski has lost all credibility to organize a meeting of party leaders. The President either has no opinion of his own or follows that of one political party. We need to hold a meeting of party leaders to discuss the dispute with...

Macedonia 14.12.20 | 15:33

Party leaders set to meet and discuss the crisis with Bulgaria before the end of the year

The main parties, VMRO-DPMNE and SDSM, are moving closer toward holding a meeting of party leaders on the crisis with Bulgaria. VMRO demanded such a meeting, where Prime Minister Zoran Zaev would explain what he is doing with regard to the growing crisis, but so far he refused. Today, Zaev said that...

Macedonia 08.12.20 | 21:05

EEA – good enough for Norway and Britain, but not for Macedonia?

President Pendarovski apparently did not expect that he will create such a stir in the public, when he flippantly revealed that Macedonia was offered membership in the European Economic Area, but that he said no. The position that nothing short of full EU membership will do is officially established,...

Macedonia 07.12.20 | 17:03

Pendarovski: Macedonia has refused alternative forms of European integration that fall short of full EU membership

President Stevo Pendarovski said that Macedonia was offered joining the European Economic Area (EEA) but refused because it insists on full fledged EU membership. The EEA includes countries who have no intention to join the EU, such as Norway and Switzerland, in the same economic regime that the EU has. Some...

Macedonia 27.11.20 | 21:19

Siljanovska calls on President Pendarovski to inform the Parliament about what is happening with regard to Bulgaria

Law professor and member of Parliament for VMRO-DPMNE Gordana Siljanovska called on President Stevo Pendarovski to take the reins and respond to Zoran Zaev’s dramatic surrender on all issues of national identity raised by Bulgaria. Siljanovska, who ran against Pendarovski in the 2019 elections,...

Macedonia 26.11.20 | 17:35

Filipce joins Sekerinska as lone voices of support for Zaev

Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce joined Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska as two voices of support for Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his new, extremely conciliatory position on Bulgaria. The two stand against much of the ruling SDSM party, especially its “urban wing” they both belong to,...

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