Tag: Venice
Macedonia 24.01.20 | 13:23

After nominating herself, Deskoska celebrates her appointment to the Venice Commission

Justice Minister Renata Deskoska informed the public that she was accepted as the new member of the Venice Commission. The unprecedented move to have the Justice Ministry nominate its own Minister to the Commission which is supposed to be a critical overseer of the Macedonian laws comes after the major...

Macedonia 22.01.20 | 13:20

Kick the can down the road – Deskoska says that the Venice Commission objections will be examined after the elections

Justice Minister Renata Deskoska today said that the serious objections which the Venice Commission raised on the law that introduces full bilingualism in Macedonia will be examined only after the elections. The law on the use of the Albanian language, adopted as part of the coalition agreement Zoran...

Macedonia 25.12.19 | 20:30

Zaev wants to appoint his loyalist Justice Minister Renata Deskoska to the Venice Commission

The Expres news site reports that the Zaev Government is attempting to nominate Justice Minister Renata Deskoska as the next Macedonian representative to the Venice Commission. Deskoska is an SDSM party loyalist, and the move is planned to replace Tanja Karakamiseva, who is a strong critic of Zaev’s...

Macedonia 19.12.19 | 16:01

Professor Karakamiseva submits a challenge to the controversial Albanian language law

A group of 15 university professors, led by constitutional law professor Tanja Karakamiseva, submitted a challenge before the Constitutional Court, calling on it to strike down the Law on the use of Languages. The controversial law goes far beyond the provisions of the Constitution about the use of minority...

Macedonia 11.12.19 | 13:03

Mickoski calls on SDSM and DUI to accept amending the Albanian language law

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski called on the SDSM – DUI majority in Parliament to support amendments that would make the law that the Government is using to impose bilingualism on Macedonia adhere to the Constitution. Meanwhile Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi insisted that VMRO won’t...

Macedonia 10.12.19 | 15:31

Mickoski calls on Zaev to accept the changes VMRO is proposing to the law on languages

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski called on the outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to accept the findings of the Venice Commission, which identified serious defects in the bilingualism law, which Zaev is using to turn Macedonia into a fully bilingual state, with the Macedonian and Albanian languages...

Macedonia 10.12.19 | 10:57

Osmani condemns VMRO position on the bilingualism law, and Nikoloski reminds him that Venice Commission opinions need to be respected

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, whose threat of return to the civil war period two decades ago pressured Zoran Zaev to reverse his position on the bilingualism law, now condemned the initiative from opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski. The law makes Macedonia a fully bilingual country, in violation...

Macedonia 09.12.19 | 21:31

Venice Commission publishes its opinion with strong criticism of the Albanian language law

The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe today published its final opinion on the controversial law on the use of the Albanian language in Macedonia. As announced in the preliminary opinion, the Commission has strong objections to the law, the way it was adopted, how it goes beyond the Macedonian...

Macedonia 08.12.19 | 15:29

The Venice Commission caused a rift in Zaev’s coalition with DUI

The opinion of the Venice Commission, which found serious issues with the law making Macedonia a bilingual country with both the Macedonian and the Albanian language as official, caused a rift in the SDSM – DUI coalition. Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani from DUI, who unsuccessfully defended...

Macedonia 07.12.19 | 15:41

Venice Commission finds major problems with the law that turns Macedonia into a bilingual country

Law professor Tanja Karakamiseva, who is the Macedonian representative in the Venice Commission, published a list of most important conclusions which the Council of Europe body reached with regard to the controversial law to introduce full bilingualism in Macedonia, with official use of the Albanian...

World 14.11.19 | 17:50

Venice hit by worst flooding in 50 years

The popular tourist destination has been hit by the worst flooding in 50 years this week, resulting in damage worth hundreds of millions of euros. Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said a state of emergency would be declared on Thursday because of the disaster. The flooding came at the worst...

Macedonia 09.10.19 | 17:53

Zaev confirms that the asked the Venice Commission to postpone its decision on the controversial Albanian language law

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev confirmed that his Government asked the Venice Commission to postpone the publication of its opinion on the controversial law that makes Macedonia a fully bilingual country – with the Albanian language elevated to the same official use as the Macedonian. Zaev pushed forward...

Macedonia 08.10.19 | 14:27

The Venice Commission de facto replaces the cowed Constitutional Court of Macedonia

The move by the Venice Commission, which examines the constitutionality of Macedonia’s laws, to condemn the law on the use of the Albanian language threw a stark contrast to the cowed domestic institutions. The Constitutional Court of Macedonia should be the first to examine the law, which far...

World 02.06.19 | 13:01

Cruise ship out of control ploughs into tourist boat in Venice

A towering cruise ship has struck a dock and a tourist river boat on a busy canal in Venice, injuring at least five people, Italian media reported, Al Jazeera reports. The collision happened about 8:30am Sunday on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to Saint Mark’s Square in the...

World 03.01.19 | 12:59

Tourists may be forced to pay a 10 euro fee to enter Venice

Tourists visiting Venice may be forced to pay a 10 euro entry fee to gain access to the city, Daily Mail reported. Authorities in the Italian holiday hot spot have been given the power to introduce the entry charge, which will replace the current tourist tax that is only paid by visitors spending a night...