Vardar Skopje victorious in Champions League season opener vs Montpellier

The reigning EHF Champions League winners from Macedonia, RK Vardar Skopje has opened the new season in the best possible way with a victory in Montpellier, the french team won the Champions League a year before in 2018.
The champion RK Vardar Skopje defeated Montpellier 33:31 (16:17) in the first match of the VELUX handball EHF Champions League 2019/20.
The French team had the lead as the final of the game approached, but the defending champion was able to turn the match around. Even with one player less, as german import player Dissinger was misconducted in the last two minutes of the game.
The third Spanish coach in the Macedonian capital, David Pisonero, had a perfect debut on the same place like last year Roberto Garcia Parrondo (RK Vardar beat Montpellier past  18/19season in the first round 27:24).
Slovenian playmaker Stas Skube was the man of the match with seven goals, three of them in the last five minutes which forced turnover from 27:28 to 33:31 at the end. Dibirov was th…

Macedonian Marvel Elif Elmas joins italian SSC Napoli

The young macedonian marvel Elif Elmas  joins italian Serie A club SSC Napoli. The 19-year-old midfielder Elmas had been sold to Napoli for 16 million euros ($17.9 million).

The Istanbul club stated that Napoli would pay a maximum bonus of 1.5 million euros to Fenerbahçe upon the club's success and the player's performance in his new club. In addition, Fenerbahçe could see another bonus of up to 1.5 million euros if Elmas signs to another club in the future.
Elmas signed a five-year contract with about 1.3 million euros per season for the youngster.
Elmas joined the trukish top-club Fenerbahçe Istanbul in July 2017 for 180,000 euros from the Macedonian club FK Rabotnicki Skopje. 
During his two-year stay in the Istanbul team, he scored four goals in 47 appearances for Fenerbahçe and has been one of the fans' favorites with his unique and creative offensive style, even in what was arguably Fenerbahçe's worst season of the decade. Elmas also made his wya into the macedon…

Macedonian Sun will be banned for public use in August

After exactly one month, the Macedonian Sun, the symbol of the first flag of independent Macedonia from 1992 to 1995, will no longer be seen in public use, because it will be removed from public places, and all the monuments that point to ancient Hellenic history and civilization will be appropriately marked, in accordance with the Prespa Agreement.
The Government told “Sloboden pecat” that the corrections will be completed within the stipulated time limit, but do not provide details on how the corrections will be made, how will the public use of the Kutlesh star be prevented and everything that is registered as public place and public use.
At the session held on July 4, the Government of the Republic of N. Macedonia tasked the General Secretariat to ask the competent institutions to provide information on the monuments, public and other infrastructure facilities whose names are part of the ancient Hellenic culture and civilization, in whose jurisdiction they relate to installation an…

UNESCO: While Macedonia received deadline to safe cultural heritage of Ohrid, Albania progressed

UNESCO gave the Macedonian authorities a deadline until February next year to implement the recommendations for the protection of the natural resources, to safe Ohrid as a cultural heritage, otherwise it will be proclaimed as an endangered area. On the other hand, Albania progressed.
The (private) Facebook profile "Albania Unesco" reported on Friday: "Ohrid region becomes the fourth Albanian property inscribed in the Unesco World Heritage List. It joins Butrint, Berat & Gjirokaster and the Ancient Beech Forests of Rajca and Lumi I Gashit."
Macedonia became a deadline until February, to solve the problems in Ohrid:
"The authorities have to submit to the Committee for World heritage until 1st of February a new report for saving the property, the investigation by the committee for World Heritage at the 44th session in 2020, with a possibility, in case if a danger is determined to its universal value, to be put on the list of endangered world heritage."

Eurowings started to connect Germany with Ohrid

German low-cost air carrier Eurowings launched on Monday flights linking Macedonia's beautiful and historic Ohrid to Germany's Stuttgart, later a second new route will start connecting Ohrid with Dusseldorf on July 17th.
The Ohrid-Stuttgart flights will be serviced twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, during the summer months, Eurowings said in a statement.
The Ohrid-Dusseldorf flights will be operated just once a week, on Wednesdays, the low-cost air carrier added.
Eurowings is part of Lufthansa Group. The company has a fleet of currently 205 aircraft and is specializes in affordable non-stop flights within Europe. The German carrier offers flights to over 210 destinations in over 60 countries around the world.

At a welcome ceremony, the General Manager of operator TAV Macedonia, Alper Ersoy, said, "We are very happy to have welcomed the first Eurowings passengers from Stuttgart at Ohrid Airport."
He added: "We expect these two new destinations to increase th…

Hungary rejects extradition of Nikola Gruevski

A court in Hungary refused to extradite the fugitive former prime minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski.
According to local macedonian news portal a1on, the verdict was read out on Thursday morning in the presence of Nikola Gruevski, former premier of Macedonia.
The hearing was closed to the media, but the decision was publicly announced.
Macedonia had requested its former Prime Minister Gruevski’s extradition from Hungary in late 2018, to face justice in his home country.
Gruevski, who was sentenced to two years in prison over questionable corruption charges, had fled to Hungary and sought political asylum.
The former prime minister left Macedonia on Nov. 11 and arrived in Hungary through Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, with the help of Hungarian diplomatic staff in those countries writes a1on.
Gruevski is a long-standing leader of the conservative party VMRO-DPMNE and has served as a prime minister for nearly 10 years. He was widely accused by western media of authoritarian behavi…

Zaev takes over Ministry of Finance as Prime Minister

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…


Cannabis oil available in pharmacies across Macedonia without prescription

Macedonian soldiers fired warning shots at Macedonia-Greece border

Nine Vinica Fortress terracotta icons to be exhibited at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum

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

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