Showing posts from September, 2016

The Liberation of Skopje to Represent Macedonia in the Oscar Race

Macedonian/Croatian/Finnish coproduction The Liberation of Skopje by Rade and Danilo Šerbedžija has been selected as Macedonia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.
The Liberation of Skopje is a drama set during WW II, seen through the eyes of 10 year-old Zoran. Along with Rade Šerbedžija, the film also stars Mikko Nousiainen from Finland, as well as Lucija Šerbedžija, Silvija Stojanovska and David Todosovski.
The Liberation of Skopje by Danilo and Rade SerbedzijaThe film was produced by Robert Naskov, Gorjan Tozija, Igor A. Nola, Vladimir Anastasov, Arto Halonen and Danilo Šerbedžija, and the coproducers are Macedonia's Partysans, Croatia's Lijeni Film and MP Film Production and Finland's Art Films. The film was supported by Eurimages and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
The Liberation of Skopje premiered at the 2016 Pula Film Festival. The Macedonian premiere is set for 1 October 2016, followed by cinema distribution in Croatia …

Agency for Promotion and Support of Tourism in Macedonia presented with 2016 Brand Leader Award

The Agency for Promotion and Support of Tourism in Macedonia has been presented with 2016 Brand Leader Award for outstanding contribution to the reputation and competitiveness of the tourist offer in Southeast Europe at the 6th Business Conference in Southeast Europe Tourism- SEET 2016 which was held Wednesday in Belgrade.
Awards for achievements in the field of tourism were presented to tourism professionals and companies from across the region. The criteria for the awards are based on market analysis, continuous positive growth, high degree of market recognition, influence and contribution to the promotion and popularization of the potentials and creating competitive image of the tourism industry in Southeast Europe.

UN rights chief slams Macedonia for migrant detentions

The UN rights chief on Friday voiced deep concern over Macedonia's "systematic policy" of detaining and expelling migrants, criticising especially the widespread detention of migrant children.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that when his staff visited Macedonia earlier this month they had found 180 migrants -- around 80 of them children -- "who have been living in limbo since March in two transit centres".
"This is simply unacceptable, in particular when it comes to children," he insisted in a statement.
Macedonia lies on the so-called Balkan route crossed by hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa since last summer on their way to western Europe.
Although the route was effectively shut down in March, migrants have continued to cross the region in smaller numbers, often with the help of smugglers.
Zeid pointed out that the 180 migrants stuck at the Tabanovce centre, near the border…

Prime Macedonian wines perfect inspiration for the world’s most famous poets

Continues the partnership of “Tikves” with Struga Poetry Evenings. At this year’s edition of one of the world’s most respected poetry events, top Macedonian wines of “Tikves” once more are inspiration for poets from around the world. Its poetic impressions perpetuated over 100 poets, writing parts of the songs on the labels of wines of “Tikves”, which will remain as a reminder and a testament to the unique blend of literary art and wine. First place in the competition “Tikves in vino veritas” won the Australian poet of Polish origin, Alex Skovron. “Premium wines and poetic works are genuine artistic creations embodying passion and emotion. We are especially proud that our wines are an integral part of the SPE.Thus authors and literary art lovers from around the world have the opportunity to see for themselves and attest that the Macedonian top wines are superb inspiration for poetry”, said General Director of “Tikves” Igor Ilievski.

Greek Media: Greece Accepts Macedonian Passports

The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs has distributed a document to competent services, which reads that citizens who present Macedonian passports at the borders should be treated the same as other nationals from third countries, the website Newpost reads.
The website has released a photo of the document dated from August 22, adding that the Greek border services have put stamps on separate pieces of paper rather than the passport thus far. The document reads that "stamps should be placed on the passport pages".
Newpost website says the situation points to "a change of the positions by the Greek government regarding to the Skopje issue".

Meanwhile, the opposition MP Theodoros Karaoglou has launched an attack on the MoFA over the issue, saying the country has recognized an official document with the name Republic of Macedonia.
Daily "Naftemporiki" quotes a source from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs as saying that information about the Macedonian pa…

Industrial Production in Macedonia on the Rise

Industrial output in Macedonia this July rose by 5.1 percent in comparison with the same period last year, the State Statistical Office said Tuesday in a press release.
The industrial production in the section mining and quarrying in July 2016, in comparison with July 2015, decreased by 5.5%, in the section manufacturing it increased by 6.1%, and in the section electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply it increased by 15.4%.
The increase in the section Manufacturing is mostly due to higher production in the divisions manufacture of beverages, tobacco products, textiles, basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations, other non­metallic mineral products, electrical equipment, machinery, equipment, motor vehicles, trailers and semi­trailers.
The industrial production by main industrial groupings in July 2016, in comparison with the same period last year was higher in energy by 12.5%, capital goods by 34.5% and durable consumer goods by 57.3%, but lower in inter…

Russia opens honorary consulate in Bitola

With a diplomatic ceremony and with numerous public officials present, the new honorary consulate of the Russian Federation in Bitola was opened on Wednesday evening, with Businessman Sergey Samsonenko named as the honorary consul.
“Honorary consuls bring the countries together and strengthen mutual understanding. This ceremony testifies that Russian – Macedonian relations are being advanced with new greatness and dynamics. For Russia, Bitola is a special place with historic ties, as it welcomed hundreds of our compatriots from the storms of revolution, making it a sacred place for us”, said Russian Ambassador Oleg Shcherbak. The consulate building contains a small museum for historic Russian artifacts and an information desk for visitors. In his remarks, Samsonenko also emphasized the closeness between the Russian and the Macedonian peoples. Archbishop Stefan sanctified the new office which is located on Bitola’s main square, and popular singers Elena Risteska and Viktorija Loba, wh…

European Championship Qualifiers: Macedonian Basketball Team Beats Luxembourg

The Macedonian basketball team is off to a good start in the 2017 European Championship qualifiers, after beating underdogs Luxembourg 89:75 in Kavadarci. Macedonia set the final score in the first quarter, which it won 30:13 owing to its superior three point game.
The remainder of the match was more even, with Luxembourg holding its own, and even reducing Macedonia's advantage to nine points in the third quarter. But, our team would have none of it and with stronger defense play managed to stop the visitors.
Vojdan Stojanovski scored 28 points and his brother Damjan added 13 and were the best home team players. In the other group match, Hungary beat the United Kingdom 96 to 77. Our next game is away, against the United Kingdom, on 3 September.

Czechia donates 25 police vehicles to Border Police

Josef Broz, Deputy Head of the Czech Republic's Embassy in Skopje, handed over Monday his country's donation of 25 'Skoda Yeti' cars (about EUR 740,000) to Macedonia's Ministry of Interior (MoI) for the border police. The donation is rather significant for the border police that have been dealing with the migrant crisis, Interior Minister Mitko Cavkov said at the ceremony. The donation, he said, will contribute to building the police capacity in dismantling criminal gangs which exploit the hardship of refugees, Cavkov said.
The Czech Republic is Macedonia's sincere friend, being demonstrated thus far by the visit of our President to Skopje, support of the country's aspirations to join EU and NATO, Broz said.

Macedonia starts construction of 16 mln euro Shtip-Negotino gas pipeline

A consortium of five Macedonian companies has started building a 36 km gas pipeline section between Shtip and Negotino, worth a total of 16 million euro, the country's ruling party VMRO-DPMNE said.
The construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year, the party said in a statement, published on Tuesday.
The consortium comprises construction companies Rapid Build, ELTE Engineering, Spektartermo, Chakar & Partners, and Kvalitet Prom.
The Shtip-Negotino section will be linked with the 61 km Klecovce-Shtip pipeline, which was completed last month.
The country's gasification will boost its economic growth, prime minister Emil Dimitriev underlined. By 2019, Macedonia will have built 265 km of its gas pipeline system. This means that six more sections remain to be built: Shtip-Radovish-Strumica-Gevgeliya, Shtip-Kochani-Vinica, Shtip-Sveti Nikole-Veles, Strumica-Novo Selo, Gostivar-Kichevo, and Kichevo-Ohrid-Struga-Kafasan.
Next week, the government plans to apply…

Political Parties Decide December 11 to be Election Date in Macedonia

Late on Wednesday evening, the leaders of the four largest Macedonian political parties decided to set the date for early elections on December 11. According to the agreement that was signed by the four leaders and was witnessed by the Ambassadors of the United States and the European Union, the four leaders confirm that this time all the conditions for holding early elections have been met. Two previous attempts to hold elections this April and June were cancelled after the opposition SDSM party refused to participate, citing that all conditions were not met.
Under the agreement, the Parliament will be dissolved according to Macedonia's constitution, while the Government to organize the upcoming poll is to be elected on 2 September 2016 in accordance with the 20 July 2016 Agreement. This provided that SDSM will appoint two ministers and three deputy ministers in departments that include the Interior and the Finance Ministry. SDSM also appointed Santa Argirova as its choice to be…


Cannabis oil available in pharmacies across Macedonia without prescription

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

Time Travel: Skopje Antique Shops Are Full of Objects that Have Long Been Forgotten

Macedonian Government to ban protests with new law on public gatherings

Greek jets mount NATO practice flights over Macedonia