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Zaev takes over Ministry of Finance as Prime Minister

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The Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev announced the reshuffle of the government including six ministers, the local macedonian media reported on Sunday. 
Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev unveiled the names of the new ministers for agriculture, environment, culture, local self-government and political system and relations between the communities.
These include Trajan Dimkovski (Minister of Agriculture), Naser Nuredini (Minister of Environment), Hysni Ismaili (Minister of Culture), Goran Milevski (local self-government) and Sadula Duraki (political system and relations between the communities.
PM Zaev said he would take over the finance portfolio himself, replacing Dragan Tevdovski for a certain period of time while also serving as prime minister.
The motion will be sent to Parliament today. I believe it will be considered next week by the MPs,” he told reporters at a press conference in Valandovo.
Prime Minister Zaev thanked the outgoing ministers of agriculture, Ljupcho Nik…

Will Macedonia be a strategic investor in bulgarian nuclear project Belene?

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The possibility of assuming the role of strategic investor in the construction of the bulgarian Belene nuclear power plant appears to be in the works in Macedonia, following the invitation of Bulgaria, which was published in the Official Journal of the EU, to attract a strategic investor to this project - greek financed media Nezavisen in Skopje reports (part of Greek IBNA - Independent Balkan News Agency).
According to the information that has been released, it seems that initially interest had been expressed, and that detailed analyses are now under way.
The citizens of Macedonia will be informed on the position which will be adopted and followed by the country, as well as the steps it may undertake, said the head of the Energy Regulatory Authority in Skopje, Marko Bislimovski.
Special analysts in Macedonia and members of the Regulatory Authority of Energy support the proposal and believe that the country should take part in the construction of the bulgarian Belene nuclear power pl…

My father warned against the danger of having a Macedonian minority in Northern Greece - Mitsotakis

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Greek opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that his New Democracy party will work to reduce the damage caused by the Prespa treaty. ND is expected to take over the Greek Government later this year, as polls ahead of the general elections give it a solid lead over the leftist SYRIZA party.
Asked about whether his late father, former Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis, who was toppled after he was seen as too lenient on the “Macedonian issue”, would have signed the Prespa treaty, he answered “no”. The reason why the treaty is bad for Greece, Mitsotakis, says, is that it could pave the way for greater minority rights for the Macedonians living in Greece, who have faced nearly a century of expulsions and forced assimilation.
I have read my father’s speeches on the issue and I present his words. He said that our country already has a religious minority in Thrace (Turks) and should not, under any circumstances, allow the creation of another, national minority, a Macedonian m…

Vardar Skopje beats Barcelona for Handball Champions League final

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Macedonian handball champion Vardar again qualified for Champions League final after knocking out Spain’s Barcelona 29-27 in Kologne on Thursday evening. In Sunday’s final, the “red and black” team will play against Hungarian Veszprém.
Vardar made an incredible turn in the match against Barcelona and scored a victory over the favorite Spanish champion (29:27) in the second semifinal of the Final Four tournament of the handball Champions League. Although the Macedonian champion was trailing by 7 in the second half, Roberto García Parrondo’s team performed miracles.
Although Barcelona had the lead up to the 40th minute of the match, Vardar stepped up their game and began to melt the negative to reach the result 26-26 in the 57th minute and make a full comeback.
With Karacic’s goal, only 100 seconds left to the end, it was Vardar’s first lead with 27-26, and after the mistake of the opponent, Kristopans scored again, bringing a two-goal lead for the Macedonian champion. Stoilov put the …

Greek jets mount NATO practice flights over Macedonia

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Macedonia says fighter jets from neighboring Greece have carried out NATO-linked test overflights of its territory as part of the country’s process of joining the alliance.
The defense ministry said Tuesday’s two flights tested radar and communications coverage of Macedonia.
Macedonia has no fixed-wing military aircraft, and NATO has a program to protect the airspace of members that do not have sufficient means of their own.
Macedonia is set to become NATO’s 30th member by the end of this year, after NATO member Greece dropped its long-standing objections.

Early Christian Basilica found during construction work on new Stip – Kocani road

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An early Christian era basilica was found during construction work on the new Stip – Kocani express way.
The find was made near the village of Ziganci, and experts from the Stip museum have begun work to locate and preserve the valuable finds.
We have an extensive record of archaeological finds dating to the same period in this area, and we hope that we have uncovered a larger complex, said Mitko Sterjov from the Stip museum.
According to Sterjov, the find should not delay construction given that the crews can relocate on the other side of the planned route, and excavations could be finished by the time they reach Ziganci again, but a slight change in the route is possible.
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Macedonia declares measles epidemic

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Macedonia’s Health Ministry Commission for Infectious Diseases declared on Tuesday a measles epidemic on the whole territory of the country.
According to Vladimir Mikikj, an epidemiologist with the Commission, the decision was made in order to control and prevent the further spread of measles, decrease the number of new infections and also prevent severe forms of this disease.
Talking about some of the new measures, Mikikj said, unvaccinated children would not be admitted to kindergartens, and the vaccination age is to be lowered from 12 to 6 months.
“At the moment, more than 70 children are hospitalized and seven are in critical condition,” said Mikikj, adding that hospital visits are banned to prevent new infections in hospital conditions.
Since the onset of the epidemic in the capital Skopje in December 2018, a total of 961 measles cases have been registered in Macedonia.
Official data from the Institute of Public Health showed that during last week more than 60 percent of the cas…

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Cannabis oil available in pharmacies across Macedonia without prescription

Macedonian soldiers fired warning shots at Macedonia-Greece border

Name of the church and of the country to remain unchanged: Macedonia's Orthodox Church

Stoltenberg: Invitation to NATO membership once the Treaty with Greece is fulfilled

Macedonia cancelled again Public call for financial support for Low-Cost Airlines