Tag: Zaev
Macedonia 31.08.21 | 19:27

Zaev and Grubi insist that they have protected the Macedonian national identity, as the Independence Day draws near

The Government held a session today dedicated to the coming 30th anniversary of Macedonia’s declaration of independence on September 8th. The session coincided with the visit of Greek Foreign Minister Dendias, on a mission to determine how advanced are Zoran Zaev’s effort to rename the country...

Macedonia 30.08.21 | 18:02

Zaev tells EU it has moral obligation to ensure Macedonia begins its accession talks

In an event with European official Miroslav Lajcak, Zoran Zaev insisted that the EU has a moral obligation to allow (North) Macedonia to open its EU accession talks. I expect that the EU will find a way to unblock enlargement as a matter of strategic interest, Zaev said. Macedonia is currently blocked...

Macedonia 26.08.21 | 14:11

October 17th marks the beginning of the end of the political careers of Zaev and Filipce

October 17th marks the beginning of the end of the political careers of Zaev and Filipce, the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party said in a press release, alluding to the date when local elections take place. The party blames the two most prominent officials of the Zaev regime with incompetence and corruption...

Macedonia 26.08.21 | 12:38

Zaev dismisses epidemic concerns from citizens, insists that the census must take place in September

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev insisted that the census must take place as planned, in September. Zaev is ignoring growing protests from the public, concerned that having an in-person census will add to the already fast growing number of coronavirus cases. I urge you to be serious. We haven’t had a...

Macedonia 23.08.21 | 15:05

Zaev and Filipce begin a pro-vaccination campaign, threaten doctors who sow doubt in the vaccines

The Zaev Government announced the start of a public relations campaign meant to get the citizens to take the vaccine. Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce also announced that the doctors who criticise the vaccines will be dealt with through the Medical Chamber. Zaev and Filipce presented the slogans of...

Macedonia 23.08.21 | 15:03

Zaev: We probably have bigger hearts than other countries, that is why we will take more Afghan refugees

We probably have bigger hearts than other countries, and feel greater humanity than others after what our region has been through, said Zoran Zaev during a press conference today, when asked about the outsized number of refugees from Afghanistan his Government offered to accept compared to nearly all...

Macedonia 22.08.21 | 16:30

Zaev announces a reduction in board positions which are often divided between party loyalists

Zoran Zaev announced that the Government will reduce the number of members of boards running public companies – positions often used to land political appointees to comfy positions. According to Zaev, public companies in Skopje and in municipalities with more than 50,000 citizens will have no more...

Macedonia 20.08.21 | 20:54

Zaev’s Government now pledges to take 650 Afghan refugees

The Zoran Zaev Government announced that the number of Afghan refugees it pledged to accept now stands at 650. The number has been growing daily, as more and more international institutions who had associates in Afghanistan are looking for countries that would receive them. Up to this point, the Government...

Macedonia 19.08.21 | 21:47

Zaev criticized for grossly misrepresenting Covid-19 data

In his attempt to assure vaccine skeptics, Zoran Zaev made a major math blunder this evening. During a TV interview he was assuring the public that only 10 percent of the 7,700 active cases were vaccinated, and insisted that it amounts to 77 people – not the correct 770 people. Zaev also pushed...

Macedonia 19.08.21 | 19:55

Zaev is ready to take up to 1,800 refugees from Afghanistan

In an interview with Sitel TV, Zoran Zaev announced that his Government is ready to accept as many as 1,800 refugees from Afghanistan. Zaev already committed to take 450 people, after consultations with the US authorities and NDI. These are mainly people who worked with the US forces in Afghanistan,...

Macedonia 18.08.21 | 22:15

“The Government can’t care for its own citizens, let alone for those of other countries”

I’m astonished with the ease with which the Government proposes to accept such numbers of refugees, if we consider that the number received by, say, the Scandinavian countries, is in the single digits, said VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski. The Zaev Government plans to accept 450 Afghans...

Macedonia 29.07.21 | 09:28

Zaev, Vucic and Rama will adopt a new name for their Mini Schengen initiative

The leaders of Macedonia, Albania and Serbia will discuss a new name for their Mini Schengen initiative today. Zaev, Vucic and Rama are meeting in Skopje, to talk about opening the markets of the three countries, but also to change the clunky name of the initiative. Other countries were invited to join,...

Macedonia 28.07.21 | 14:51

VMRO-DPMNE: Corruption flows from the top of Zaev’s Government

Corruption in Macedonia begins and ends with Zoran Zaev and the first echelon of his Government, and not, as Zaev claims, with the low level clerks, said VMRO-DPMNE spokesman Dimitar Arsovski. Zaev made the claim that the top of the Government is clean but the low levels of the public sector are corrupt,...

Macedonia 27.07.21 | 22:42

Government meets to prepare the events marking the Ohrid Framework Treaty

Zaev’s ministers met today for a special Government session to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Ohrid Framework Treaty. The treaty was signed between the Macedonian parties, with the US, NATO and EU as observers, to put an end to the 2001 civil war. Zaev today insisted that the treaty “showed...

Macedonia 27.07.21 | 17:44

Zaev denies claims from Sofia that he is violating the rights of ethnic Bulgarians in Macedonia

Zoran Zaev insisted that Macedonia respects the rights of the Bulgarians – reacting to an issue that is becoming the latest obstacle to the opening of EU accession talks. An annoyed sounding Zaev responded to comments from Bulgarian President Rumen Radev who alleged that Macedonia is violating...

Macedonia 26.07.21 | 14:41

Zaev counters the State Department report, claims there is no corruption in the highest levels of his Government

Zoran Zaev was defensive today when asked about the latest State Department report, which identified corruption in the high levels of his Government. The report, published last week, found that “there have been credible allegations of corruption in law enforcement, the judiciary, and many other sectors”. State...

Macedonia 26.07.21 | 13:20

Zaev asks Bulgaria to show patients, says he can’t list the Bulgarian minority in the Constitution just yet

Zoran Zaev asked Bulgaria to show some patience, insisting that he can’t amend the Constitution right now. Bulgaria now formally wants Macedonia to amend the Preamble and add the Bulgarian minority, along with the Albanian, Turkish, Serbian and other minorities mentioned there. The Constitution is...

Macedonia 25.07.21 | 17:34

Government expresses gratitude to Bosnia and Russia for helping Ohrid keep its UNESCO status

The Government expressed its gratitude to Bosnia, Russia and other countries who helped in the final moment push to stop UNESCO from stripping Ohrid from its designation as a World Heritage Site.  Our special gratitude goes to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Russian Federation, the delegations of China,...

Macedonia 24.07.21 | 09:31

Zaev’s adviser nominated as an “expert” member of the powerful Judicial Council

The Zaev regime is pushing a loyalist of his SDSM party onto the Judicial Council, warned VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski. The candidate is Tanja Cacarova Ilievska, who was Zaev’s adviser and sat on the board of the Macedonian Telekom as representative of the Government. Now she is being “repackaged”...

Macedonia 22.07.21 | 19:15

Zaev and Ahmeti announce a coalition for the local elections in October

Zoran Zaev announced that he reached agreement with Ali Ahmeti for a pre-election coalition between his SDSM party and DUI in the October local elections. The agreement will mean that the two parties will support each other in the first round in some municipalities, while in others, they will support...

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