Showing posts from December, 2016

Merry Christmas from Skopje

More Christmas Pics from Skopje HERE.

Industry Turnover Increases by 4.2 percent in October

The industry turnover in October increased by 4.2 percent compared to the same month in 2015, the data of the State Statistical Office of Macedonia showed.
Domestic industry turnover in October increased by 0.7 percent and the non-­domestic industry turnover increased by 5.0 percent. Industry turnover in section Mining and quarrying decreased by 3.8 percent, while in section Manufacturing it increased by 4.4 percent.
The turnover by Main Industrial Groupings was higher in Capital goods by 19.2 percent and Durable consumer goods by 2.5 percent, but lower in Intermediate goods, except energy by 3.2 percent and Nondurable consumer goods by 7.2 percent.
Industry turnover in October compared to the previous month decreased by 3 percent, while in period January-­October in comparison with the same period in 2015, it increased by 10 percent.

Macedonia's National Bank Releases Banknotes of MKD 200 and MKD 2,000

As of Thursday, the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia (NBRM) will release banknotes of MKD 200 and MKD 2,000 and withdraw the MKD 5,000 banknote from circulation.
NBRM has said the issuance of these banknotes results from the perceived need for rebalancing of the existing structure of banknotes in circulation.
"The existing structure of banknotes, introduced in 1996, has not been altered until now and the decision for introduction of these two banknotes has been passed on the basis of research and analysis", added the central bank.
NBRM said the MKD 5,000 banknote is eliminated because of its failure to be widely accepted by the public due to its high nominal value and its limited use in trade and daily transactions.
Commercial banks will replace MKD 5,000 banknotes from December 15, 2016 to February 28, 2017. As of March 1, 2017, they will be replaced only in NBRM.

Official SEC Results: VMRO-DPMNE Attain 51 Mandates, SDSM Gain 49

With 2 mandates more than the others, VMRO-DPMNE has emerged as the winner of the early parliamentary elections in Macedonia. After a delay of almost a day, the State Election Commission came out with the initial official results, according to which VMRO-DPMNE has attained 51 mandates, while SDSM - 49.
Basically, the SEC just confirmed its website data - showing the parties' vote count.
So in line with the data, VMRO-DPMNE won 453,490 votes, SDSM - 436,604 votes.
According to SEC, DUI attained 10 mandates, BESA-5, the Alliance for Albanians-3, and DPA-2. 

Turkey interested in organising tours to Macedonia

Macedonia’s tourist offer has been recently promoted before 40,000 visitors at the Tourism Fair in Izmir, Turkey which took place from Dec. 8 to 11.
Agency for Promotion and Support of Tourism organised country’s participation at the fair, which hosted 10.000 exhibitors, whereat great interest was shown for organizing tours to Macedonia and the Balkans.
Agency’s officials held numerous meetings with Turkish tour operators including Pronto Tour, Ecc tour, Fides travel, Enka Tatil, Ephesus travel, Italtur, Мika tur, Сakra tur, Travel to business (MICE agency), Ѕuveys tur,…
Balkan Time, Badem Tour, Ibegalis and Bushi Resort &Spa co-exhibited at Macedonia’s stand which was visited by Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Nabi Avci and Izmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu.
Agency said that the Turkish tourists were mainly interested in group tours to Macedonia and the Balkans as well as in history, culture and food.

World swimming champs open, five Macedonian swimmers take part

The 13. FINA World Swimming Championships in a 25m pool opened late Monday in Windsor, Canada.
More than 1,000 swimmers from 176 countries take part, including Macedonia's Anastasija Bogdanovski, Gorazd Cepisevski, Damjan Petrovski, Marko Blazevski and Ljupco Angelovski.
The Macedonian community in Windsor has supported the Macedonian delegation, covering the accommodation, transportation and other costs during their stay.

US Embassy vehicle scare was false alarm, Interior Ministry says

Interior Ministry informed that no explosives or suspicious materials were found in the vehicle parked near the Untied States Embasy, which sparked a security search on Monday afternoon.
The Zastava pickup was left at the Embassy parking and an initial sweep by Embassy security personnel discovered traces of explosives. Subsequent Interior Ministry search showed that there are no explosives, and police determined the identity of the owner of the vehicle. The Embassy said that police responded appropriately to the request for assistance.
A problem with phone lines with the Embassy was also reported on Monday afternoon. The Embassy says that it is unrelated to the vehicle search. It tweeted from the official account that the phone lines are inoperable and that all American citizens who may have some need of Embassy services, should contact the State Department directly.

Germania Flug introduces Ohrid Zurich flights

As of December 17, Swiss airline "Germania Flug AG" will launch the Ohrid-­Zurich flight, TAV Macedonia said on Friday.
Flights will be operated by "Air Pristina" from Ohrid-­based airport "St.Paul the Apostle".
"We are pleased to start this cooperation, thus strengthening our efforts to promote Macedonia as an attractive tourism destination, especially Lake Ohrid", said TV Macedonia representatives.
Germania Flug AG is headquartered in Glattbrugg, Zurich. The airline was founded in August 2014 in cooperation with the German airline Germania, which also lends its corporate design. 

Macedonian Feature Coproduction Fear and Love in Preproduction

Acclaimed Macedonian actor Meto Jovanovski and Serbian-Montenegrin producer/director Branko Baletic are in preparation with Fear and Love, a feature film set to shoot in September/October 2017.
Branko BaleticJovanovski, who appeared in more than sixty films, wrote the script and is going to co-direct the film.
Fear and Love is based on the eponymous book by Macedonian politician Stojan Andov. It follows a series of love stories in two Macedonian families of different religions, placed in different historical contexts, from the period of uprising to Macedonian independence. The story centers on a 38-year-old wealthy goldsmith who falls in love with a 19-year-old young woman.
Macedonia’s Geyzer Film is producing with coproducers from Montenegro (BFilm) and Serbia (Living Pictures). The producers have secured 500,000 EUR through a production grant from the Macedonian Film Agency and 7,500 EUR through SEE Cinema Network.
“What follows is coproducers applying for grants in their countries.…

FDI into Macedonia grows 29% y/y in Jan-Sept

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into Macedonia totalled 199.08 million euro ($211.4 million) in the first nine months of 2016, higher than 154.72 million euro a year ago, central bank data showed. Most foreign investments were absorbed by manufacturers of motor vehicles and transport equipment, and by providers of financial and insurance services, according to the data published on Wednesday. The largest FDI inflow in the first nine months came from Germany and Turkey, which contributed  23.2 million euro and 23.1 million euro to the total, respectively. Italy followed with 12.4 million euro. In the third quarter of 2016, FDI inflow into the  country totalled 56.1 million euro. Foreign direct investment into Macedonia totalled 216 million euro last year. 

Macedonia to Face Spain, Portugal and Serbia at 2017 U-21 Euro

The Under-­21 national football team will face Spain, Portugal and Serbia in the group stage at the 2017 UEFA European Championship in Poland.
The draw held on Thursday put Macedonia in Group B of the tournament.
Macedonia plays its first match against Spain on July 17, followed by Serbia (July 20) and Portugal (July 23).
Group A is comprised of Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and England, while Group C includes Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and Denmark.
The top team from each group and the best second-­ranked team advance to the semifinals. 

Macedonia registers 37 HIV cases, two deaths in 2016

Thirty-seven new HIV cases were registered in Macedonia over the course of 2016, two of whom passing away, said HIV/AIDS National Coordinator Zvonko Milenkovic on Thursday.
Of the 37 HIV cases, one-third are under the age of 30, half between the ages of 30-40, while about 20 percent are above 40. Thirty-four are male and three female.
“In today’s era of highly active antiretroviral therapy, we are lowering the number of severe manifestations of the HIV infection and the mortality rate”, said Milenkovic.
According to him, the procedure for procurement of the latest generation of antiretroviral therapy has been completed, with application to begin as of next year.
“A total of 185 persons are subject to continual control and monitoring at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, with 87 percent of patients covered by the antiretroviral therapy”, added Milenkovic.

Bozin Pavlovski novel nominated for International Dublin Literary Award

The Horn of Love, a novel by the Macedonian writer Bozin Pavlovski, after being nominated by the St. Clement of Ohrid National and University Library in Skopje, is vying for the International Dublin Literary Award for 2017.
147 novels in 18 languages, nominated by national and city libraries from 38 countries, are being considered for the prestigious international literary prize. The award is presented for a novel published or translated into English.
In 2012, Macedonia was represented by Blaze Minevski and his work The Mark.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 12 in Dublin.
The winner will receive EUR 100,000. If the book is translated, then EUR 25,000 goes to the translator.
Macedonia-born Bozin Pavlovski, who currently lives in Australia, is the author of eighteen novels translated in various European languages. He has won numerous foreign and Macedonian literary awards.
The Horn of Love has been longlisted alongside novels by Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood, Orhan Pamu…


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