Showing posts from May, 2017

Macedonia: Criticism against Zaev's cabinet

The governing cabinet of Zoran Zaev has faced criticism as a result of the large number of ministries given to Albanians, proposed by BDI, three of which have pending trials for abuses with their public office in the past.

Zaev has proposed 25 ministries of which 17 belong to the Macedonian Social Democratic Union (SDSM), 6 belonging to the Democratic Union for Integration (BDI) and 2 ministries belong to the Alliance for Albanians. The criticism relates to the fact that prior to the elections, Zaev had stressed that he would reduce the number of ministers to less than 20.
The leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski has criticized the new cabinet proposed by Zaev.
“This is a cabinet which has been created in a rush, to satisfy the appetites of the heads of political parties, without taking into account their professionalism and past. Many of them are accused of corruption affairs and violations in the course of their official duty”, Gruevski said.
Political analyst, Xhelal Neziri says …

Turkish bloggers set to promote Macedonia as tourist destination

TAV Macedonia, backed by local businesses and establishment owners, has organized a four-day tourist visit to Macedonia for five influential Turkish bloggers in an attempt to show them the natural beauties of Macedonia, as a tourist attraction, and to attract more tourist from Turkey, it said Tuesday.
The popular bloggers, known by social media users in Turkey as yoldaolmak, kesfetsek, bizevdeyokuz and birhayalinpesinde, have stayed in Macedonia from May 24 until May 28. Also, their Facebook and Instragram accounts have over million followers, TAV Macedonia said.
According to the company, their tourist visit has been designed as both an informative and adventurous tour of the country, including marvelous places for sightseeing having historical landmarks in Skopje, Strumica, Dojran, Ohrid, Vevcani, Mavrovo, Debar, Bitola, etc.
Turkey, in fact, is the strongest market of tourists for Macedonia for many years, as proved by the statistics of tourist trips to the country, said Alper Erso…

Macedonian U-21 coach Milevski announced squad for European Championship

Macedonia’s U-21 football team coach Blagoja Milevski announced the team he will take to the European Championship in Poland. Qualifying for the championship is the biggest success in Macedonian national football and Milevski said that the will rely on the tried and tested line-up which won the qualifiers.
Igor Aleksovski and Damjan Siskovski will be available on goal, and Gjoko Zajkov, Darko Velkovski, Visar Musliu, Mevlan Murati, Egzon Bejtulai and Besir Demiri are in the defensive line. For the midfield, Milevski will have Boban Nikolov, Enis Bardi, David Babunski and Daniel Avramovski. Marjan Radeski, Viktor Angelov, Nikola Gjorgjiev, Filip Pivkovski and Kire Markoski are the offensive players which will travel to Poland. Additionally, Milevski announced the players from the 1996/9 generation, who will prepare for the next qualifiers, and said that some of them may also be called to join the U-21 team in Poland.
Macedonia faces Portugal, Spain and Serbia in the Group B. Matches b…

Public health study shows that about 46 percent of Macedonians smoke

A study performed by the Institute for Public Health (IPH) of Macedonia showed that about 46 percent of the population aged 15 to 64 smokes. The practice is prevalent among men, 54 percent of whom smoke, as opposed to 33 percent of women.
Elena Kosevska, head of the IPH department for risk evaluation said that in 2017, the campaign against smoking will focus on the damage tobacco causes to the overall economy.


Industrial production drops by 1,9 percent in April in Macedonia

Industrial production dropped in April 2017 by 1,9 percent compared to the same period in 2016, the State Statistics Bureau informed. Overall, in the first four months of the year the industrial production dropped by 1,6 percent.
By industry, mining grew by 2,9 percent in April, and manufacturing dropped by 2,8 percent. Energy production saw a rise of 1,2 percent.

President Ivanov receives credentials from ambassadors of Japan and Mongolia

President Gjorge Ivanov was presented Tuesday with letters of credence by the new ambassadors of Japan and Mongolia to Macedonia.
At a meeting with Keiko Haneda, Japan’s first resident ambassador to Macedonia, President Ivanov expressed satisfaction with the opening of a Japanese embassy in Skopje, which is yet another confirmation of the friendly ties established between the two country, his cabinet said in a press release.
“I am confident your activities as resident ambassador of Japan to Macedonia will contribute to further advancing our relations by introducing fresh forms and initiatives, first and foremost at an economic level, which will help increase Japan’s visibility in Macedonia and launch a fruitful economic cooperation in the interest of Japanese companies and the citizens in Macedonia,” Ivanov noted.
Japan, Ambassador Haneda said, considers the stability and prosperity of Southeast Europe very important. “In the region, the stable development of the Republic of Macedoni…

Lazarov hopes for Macedonian support – in the final at last

He was top scorer of the VELUX EHF Champions League twice, record top scorer of World and European Championships, scored more than 1000 goals in European Cup competitions: Kiril Lazarov is one of the world’s best strikers of all time.
But only once in his long and successful career so far, the 37-year-old Macedonian has won the VELUX EHF Champions League: In 2015, with his current club FC Barcelona.
Before he departs to HBC Nantes this summer, Lazarov has high hopes for the VELUX EHF FINAL4. Firstly, he is looking forward to the semi-final against his fellow Macedonians of Vardar Skopje. It took you until 2015 to win the EHF Champions League trophy for the first time in your life - when you look back: Was it one of the greatest moments in your life?
Kiril Lazarov: Maybe yes. I had high expectations before as I wore the jerseys of Europe’s elite in club handball - and it was obvious to me: someday it will happen. I played many semi-finals and finals, and when the moment came…

German textile company launches brownfield investment in Veles

A plant, where technical and industrial textile will be manufactured, was inaugurated Saturday within a disused factory in the vicinity of Veles.
The plant, estimated at nearly €4 million, is an investment of the German company STS Textiles. Currently, some 20 people are working at the plant, but the investor plants to expand its workforce in the next five years, i.e. to hire 1,000 people.
"A mere year after starting to negotiate with STS Textiles, we have already reactivated the disused plant Nonca Kamisheva, where products are being manufactured for export in Germany, Poland, France, the United States. The owner has already invested €3 million to overhaul the plant, €4 million are expected to be invested by the year's end. €7 million are planned to be invested in the next five years," Jerry Naumoff, Minister in charge of attracting foreign investments, said at the opening.
Minister Naumoff said in the past four years he had managed to attract 29 investments from 13 co…

Women’s handball team prepares for its qualifier against Sweden

Macedonia’s women handball team begins preparations for the 2017 World Championship qualifier against Sweden.
Coach Sime Simovski expects to have the full team in Skopje by Monday evening and will keep them at a training regime until Wednesday when Macedonia travels to Turkey for a tournament which will also include Lithuania and Russia.
Macedonia and Sweden have their first match in Skopje, at the Kale sports center, on June 10th, and the return match is on June 13th.

Sting to hold Skopje concert on October 15

One of the world’s biggest names in music, Sting will hold a concert in Skopje on October 15.
The concert, set for the “Boris Trajkovski” hall, is held within Sting’s world tour “57th & 9th” from the namesake album, says organizer Avalon Production.
Besides playing songs from his latest album, Sting will perform several of his biggest hits such as “Fragile”, “Desert Rose”, “Fields of Gold”, as well as hits from his time in band “Police” – “Message in the Bottle”, “Walking on the Moon”, “Every Breath You Take” etc.

Igor Stefanovski wins the second race at the Nürburging

Igor Stefanovski won the second race of the day at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, finishing ahead of the LEIN Racing SEAT of Fábio Mota and Race 1 winner Petr Fulín, after the Honda of Peter Rikli retires on the final lap.
Championship leader Christjohannes Schreiber was unable to start the second race after damage from his puncture in Race 1.
Andreas Pfister started from pole position in his DSG-equipped SEAT León, but he was quickly caught and passed by the fast-starting #112 Honda Civic TCR of Peter Rikli.
Rikli led the way until the third and final lap, stopping whilst leading on the final lap of Race 2 for the second weekend in a row, handing an easy victory to Macedonia’s Igor Stefanovski.
With Fulín finishing in the podium, the Czech driver has made a significant leap in the points standings, and is now just one point behind Schreiber going to the next race in four weeks’ time at Vila Real in Portugal.


Switzerland to Unveil New 3­-year Support Strategy for Macedonia

Switzerland has said it will extend its support to Macedonia as envisaged it the new, three-­year strategy.
"Today Switzerland ranks among Macedonia’s largest bilateral cooperation partners and the new Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2017 – 2020 foresees financial commitments of 76 million Swiss francs," the Swiss Embassy to Macedonia said Friday in a press release.
The overall goal of this new strategy is to support Macedonia in its reforms to meet European standards and values and to build a socially-­inclusive democracy and market economy, while ensuring sound governance of natural resources.

The strategy, the press release stated, follows a pragmatic approach and focuses on improving the living conditions of the citizens of Macedonia. "Details of the strategy will be unveiled at the official launch of the strategy on the 31st of May 2017 in Skopje," it said
Switzerland has supported Macedonia’s political, social and economic transition processes since 1992. This lo…

Internet site for all Macedonian sports related information

The Youth and Sports Agency promoted a new internet site,, which will be a one-stop-shop for the Macedonian public for all sports related information.

The site will include information on the sports associations, their experts and available facilities, scholarships open to the public, awards and recognitions, and international competitions. All national sport associations have access to the site and will update it with current events and latest developments, the Agency informed.

Putin: Cyrillic and slavic literature came from Macedonia - Bulgarian's go crazy

Russian President Vladimir Putin warmly told his Macedonian counterpart yesterday that the Cyrillic script and Slavic literacy “came from Macedonian soil”, a statement met with condemnation in Bulgaria.

In a case of perfect timing, Mr Putin made his statement during the Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov's visit to Moscow, which coincided with the Bulgarian public holiday celebrating Saints Cyril and Methodius, authors of the Glagolitic alphabet that served as a basis for Cyrillic.
Several Bulgarian ministers and diplomats, including Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, have vocally decried Mr Putin's claim, arguing that it whitewashes the significance of Bulgaria in the creation of the writing system.

Macedonian Producers Join FIAPF

The Macedonian Association of Film Producers has become a member of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, FIAPF.
The decision was taken during the General Assembly of FIAPF in Cannes on 20 May 2017. The Macedonian Association of Film Producers also signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Association of Producers from Kosovo in Cannes on 21 May.
The Macedonian Association of Film Producers has 15 members, all of whom had to meet the criteria set out by FIAPF.
"This is a very important day for Macedonia," said the director of Macedonian Film Agency Mimi Gjorgoska - Ilievska. "This will contribute to the process of democratisation of the film industry in the country and will enable us to actively engage in solving the issues we face in the film industry in our country.”
She added, "This is the reason all of us who participate in the realisation of film projects to be proud, and together with all the associations and individuals who work on …

"Yugo-nostalgia" is widespread in Serbia and Bosnia - survey

"Many in the Balkans" think that the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has brought more harm than benefit, according to a new survey.
The Gallup poll, based on face-to-face interviews with at least 1,000 respondent from across the region, found that "Yugo-nostalgia" was still widespread, particularly in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
"People living in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are the most likely say the breakup harmed their country, with more than three in four residents characterizing it this way. Similar to Russian attitudes toward the dissolution of the former Soviet Union, Serbians may feel an acute sense of loss as the core nation of a former multinational state," Gallup said on its website. 
Asked whether the disintegration of Yugoslavia "harmed or benefited their country," 81 percent of Serbians said it was harmful, while four percent think of it as beneficial. Eight percent didn't know the answer, or refus…

Evaluation of young macedonian basketball players

The Macedonian Basketball Federation signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Faculty for Physical Education which will in the future be tasked with evaluating young potential basketball players.
The program begins with the U-15 national basketball team and testings will be performed by a team led by professor Milan Naumovski.

Soros activist and MP Pavle Bogoevski organized Belgrade protests

New scandal involving Zaev’s ordes from the SDS. LGBT and Soros activist Pavle Bogoevski who is also an SDS MP in the new Parliament is said to have taken part in organizing protests against Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade – reports RTS.
Bogoevski himself came to the forefront in 2015 and 2016 as a leader of the Soros led revolution who dumped paint on Government properties. Prior to that, Bogoevski spent two years in USAid financed camps in Ohrid and Serbia where he underwent training hosted by notorious CIA backed “Kanvas” who has organized regime change protests in over a dozen countries.
The Macedonian protests, due to their weak turnout were attended by at least 200 Serbian Soros activists brought in by Kanvas. With the regime change in Macedonia now a success, MP Bogoevski is returning the favor to Kanvas by organizing protests in Belgrade against their president Aleksandar Vucic.
The fact that Bogoevski is an MP is a huge embarrassment to Macedonia and sets a da…

NBRM Forecasts 2.5 percent Growth of Macedonia's Economy

The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia (NBRM) in its April projection forecasts that Macedonia's economy in 2017 will grow by 2.5 percent, followed by a 3.2 percent acceleration in 2018.
NBRM's expectations remain unchanged over the level of inflation compared with October and expects increase in prices to gain momentum, i.e. a 1.3 percent inflation in 2017 and 2 percent inflation next year, Dimitar Bogov, Governor of the National Bank, told a news conference Thursday.
NBRM expects a reduction in deficit of the current account in the period 2017-2018, a lower deficit in goods and services, a mild growth in secondary revenue and an expansion of deficit in primary revenue. Deposits in the banking system are projected to grow this year by 4.2 percent and loans to grow by 5.6 percent.
The banking system remains stable, liquid and highly capitalized, according to the country's central bank.
"Key assumptions of April's projections include maintenance of sound f…

Russia's Patriarch Kirill Presents 'Alexi II' Award to Macedonian President

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia presented Tuesday in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow the 'Patriarch Alexy II' award to Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov for his efforts to strengthen the role of religion in society, promote Christian values and religious tolerance, as well as improve the ties between Orthodox nations.
The prize of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations (IFUOCN) are awarded annually to the heads of states, governments and parliaments, dignitaries of the Orthodox Churches, and major public figures for their contribution to the strengthening of economic and political ties among the states formed in the context of Eastern Christian tradition and for the consolidation of noble standards of Christian morals in the life of Orthodox community.
"I embrace this recognition as Macedonia's President and Orthodox Christian, born and raised under the umbrella of the restored St Clement Church ­ the Mac…

Average net salary up 1,8 percent to 367 EUR

The average salary in March 2017 rose to 22.445 denars (367 EUR), an increase of 1,8 percent compared to the same period in 2016, the State Statistics Bureau informed on Monday. This is the post-tax, net salary.
Increases were recorded in the financial and insurance sector (7,5 percent), mining and quarrying (7,2 percent) and art, leisure and entertainment (6,7 percent). The average gross, pre-tax salary was 32.999 denars (540 EUR). The Bureau found that 1,3 percent of all employees did not receive their salaries in March.

Lavrov says foreign factors endangered Macedonia’s statehood

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Macedonia faces a “threat to its statehood on the part of opposition parties with foreign backing”. Speaking at a joint press statement with Croatian Foreign Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier, Lavrov said that the political crisis in Macedonia can only be resolved with respect for the Macedonian Constitution.
“We discussed the situation in Macedonia, which is a cause for concern”, Lavrov said during the joint press statement. During the political crisis in Macedonia, Russia several times blamed the United States and Western European countries of interfering in our domestic political issues.
President Gjorge Ivanov is currently on a visit to Moscow, and is scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Simon Trpceski opens the new Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra building

With a grand concert by leading Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski and the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted Vladimir Ashkenazi, the new building of the Philharmonic Orchestra was inaugurated on Sunday evening. President Gjorge Ivanov, Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev and Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, while VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski, under whose premiership the construction was initiated, was welcomed with applause when he arrived for the concert.
The orchestra improvised its work in different locations and got a stately and modern Philharmony building at the 73rd anniversary of its founding. “As of today, our musicians will create in the same surroundings they were used to seeing across Europe and the world”, said Kanceska Milevska. According to the Minister, the architecture of the new building, easily recognizable by the large spheric body, will allow the musicians to bring out the best from them.
Kanceska Milevska said tha…

Ivanov-Bokova: Macedonia supports UNESCO’s programmes for protection of cultural and historical heritage

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov met Saturday in Amman with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and discussed current and future activities and projects of Macedonia in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Both interlocutors reaffirmed the excellent cooperation between Macedonia and UNESCO and expressed readiness for its expansion towards further realization of projects in the areas of culture, education, science, communications, information, as well as programmes for youth and civil society, President’s Cabinet said in a press release.
Ivanov said that Macedonia pays great importance to cooperation with UNESCO and actively promotes and participates in its activities and initiatives.
Macedonia supports programs of UNESCO and we are fully committed in efforts to protect our abundant natural and cultural heritage, Ivanov said, expressing gratitude for UNESCO’s continuous support to Macedonia through projects implemented …

Macedonia and Jordan make progress in exchange of information and intelligence

Jordan is a country that is a positive example that contributes to stability in the Middle East and Macedonia’s interest is to be present in the security and intelligence, but also in economic plan, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said after meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
Jordan is a country that is constructive and major contributor to peace in the region. Jordan hosts the World Economic Forum for many years and the role of the King is highlighted by many, because Jordan succeeds in this period of great turbulence in many regions of the world, especially the Middle East, to show how to deal with the challenges, Ivanov said.
Ivanov underlined that this is his second meeting with the Jordan’s King after last year’s meeting during UN General Assembly, and both interlocutors agreed to intensify bilateral cooperation in various fields especially in exchange of information and intelligence for all those threats coming from the Middle East to Europe and especially in the Balkan…

Ukraine, Macedonia plan to expand free trade agreement provisions

Macedonia declares its readiness to start discussions on expanding the provisions of the free trade agreement with Ukraine.
This is reported by the press service of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine following the working meeting of Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister, Trade Representative of Ukraine Natalia Mykolska with the delegation of Macedonia.
"As of now, there are two areas of trade relations, which require priority attention. These are the deepening of obligations under the existing Ukraine-Macedonia Free Trade Agreement and the establishment of sectoral business ties in the format of B2B meetings," Mykolska said.
The Foreign Investment Minister of Macedonia confirmed the readiness of his country to start discussions on expanding the agreement’s provisions and also noted the importance of free trade as an incentive for intensifying investment cooperation.

Simon Trpcevski to Open New Building of Macedonian Philharmonics

The new state-­of-­the-­art concert hall of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra will open on May 21 with the exclusive concert including Macedonian renowned pianist Simon Trpceski as soloist, under the baton of famous conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.
The concert would include pieces by Macedonian composer Trajko Prokopiev, as well as Russia's Sergei Prokofiev and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
After 73 years of its existence, the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra finally gets its own home.
The Ministry of Culture has invested a lot of love and efforts to set into operation the concert hall that above all is going to improve the working conditions for artists and attract a great number of internationally prominent musicians, conductors, philharmonics, Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanaceska Milevska told a press conference on Friday.
Pianist Trpceski said he was honored to perform at the opening of the concert hall and to cooperate once again with maestro Ashkenazy.
The new building, cover…

Contract signed to build the new Mother Teresa clinic

Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Nikola Todorov signed on Friday a contract with a consortium that includes Granit, Beton and the Italian INSO company to build the new Mother Teresa clinic center in Skopje. The major healthcare investment project is valued at 72 million EUR and its construction should be completed in 45 months.
Italian teams worked together with experts from Spain, Germany, Greece and other countries over the past four years to plan the project, that will be build within the current central clinical complex in Skopje.
“The existing Mother Teresa center is the largest healthcare complex in Macedonia and the construction of the new clinic center will set new standards of healthcare quality. There are people who wish for something to happen, and then there are people who make it happen. I worked very hard with my team on this, and we had the full support of the Government and the Prime Minister. This is not only our project, it is a national project for the who…

Pelister wins the Macedonian football Cup

Pelister brought the Macedonian Cup trophy to Bitola, after beating Shkendija in the finals. Playing in Strumica, Pelister held back the attacking oriented Shkendija team during the regular time as well as the extended time.
Shkendija players Besart Ibrahimi and Besart Abdurahimi failed to score in their penalty attempts. Pelister missed one penalty attempt but in the end goals from Filip Petrov, Goce Todorovski, Martin Kovacev and Baze Ilijoski were enought for the cup. It is the first time in 16 years that Pelister won the cup, and with it the chance to compete in the Europa League.
The match had to be delayed for 15 minutes at the beginning of the second half, due to ethnically charged chants from the fans of the two competing teams.

Debate on mountain and ecotourism in Macedonia

French Embassy and the French Institute in Skopje organise Thursday a debate “Mountain tourism and ecotourism for sustainable development of Macedonia.”
Raphael Trouiller, director of the French association Tétraktys, Gilbert Mantovani, deputy president and founder of association and Olivier Boeuf owner of Macedonia trekking website ( will participate at the debate.

President Ivanov gives Zaev the mandate after a written guarantee to reject the Tirana platform

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov named Zoran Zaev, leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, as holder of the mandate to form the next Government. The move came after Zaev submitted a written letter to the office of the President, in which he guarantees that the Tirana platform will not be used as basis or condition to form the Government. President Ivanov rejected Zaev's demands to give him the mandate for months, after SDSM announced that they have the support of three ethnic Albanian parties that signed the Tirana platform, which calls for radical changes to the way inter-ethnic relations are regulated in Macedonia.
"The obstacles to award the mandate to form a Government of the Republic of Macedonia have been removed. Today we act under article 84 line 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia to determine the mandate holder. The coalition led by the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, which has the majority in the Parliament, proposed Mr. Zoran Za…

Gruevski says national gas pipeline network construction continues as planned

VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski said that the process of building a national gas distribution network, initiated by his Government, is proceeding with excellent pace, with three inter-city pipelines being built.
The combined length of the lines currently being built is 200 kilometers and the investment amounts to 80 million EUR.
"This is a major investment that will bring great benefits to companies and individuals in the cities being connected. Work is on-going with great speed and, in the mid term, the project provides that the lines are extended throughout the country", Gruevski said at a press event on Sunday.
After connecting Stip to the existing pipeline network, the lines currently being built include Stip - Negotino, Negotino - Prilep - Bitola and Skopje - Tetovo - Gostivar.
Gruevski added that a number of companies are interested in building the secondary gas supply networks, that will connect households and industrial zones to the inter-city lines. Natural gas i…

Macedonian Manifesto warns against “final push” to erase the Macedonian national identity

The Macedonian Manifesto group of commentators and intellectuals will promote their latest book, “A Name of Light and Hurt” on Tuesday evening at the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in Skopje. Members of the Macedonian Manifesto say that the book is a rallying cry against a coming, final attempt to change the name of Macedonia and deny the Macedonian national identity.
“Pressures on Macedonia to change its name can be seen as a ne form of genocide, based on the illegal Greek demands, accepted by the United States and the European Union. We are pressured to change our national identity, and warned that if we fail to do so, we will lose our state. Left unsaid is that the Macedonians have maintained the national identity through centuries, even without a national state. It is clear that the ultimate goal of the pressures Macedonia is put under is that Macedonians are wiped out from the list of independent nations”, Macedonian Manifesto writes in its press release.
The association says…

European Union: EP yet again postpones vote on Macedonia resolution

The European Parliament (EP) has said it won’t vote on a Macedonia resolution with respect to the 2016 European Commission progress report about the country, MIA reports Monday from Strasbourg.
The EP has said the resolution on Macedonia will not be put up for voting this week after being already postponed several times. The resolutions on Serbia, Kosovo and Albania – other EU membership hopefuls – aren’t going to be voted as well. They were supposed to be voted by MEPs in March.
The political state of play in each of the Balkan countries is citied as a reason for delaying the resolutions to be passed.
Namely, Macedonia is without a government for six months after its December elections, which has pushed the country into a deeper crisis.
Last week, Kosovo saw its government collapsing and fresh early polls being scheduled on June 11.
In Albania, which has been gripped by a political crisis, it is likely that its regular elections slated for June 18 would be held without the oppositio…

Macedonia will host Turkey for friendly game

The Macedonian football team arranged for a friendly game against Turkey that will be played on June 5th in Skopje. it will be the main preparation match ahead of the World Championship qualifier game against Spain on June 11th.

Turkey will also use the opportunity to prepare for its match against Kosovo in Skadar on June 11th. Its team is led by the Barcelona star Arda Turan and has a host of other top players around him.
Macedonia has played seven games against Turkey so far, and has won one and drawn one, while losing five of them. This would be the first time in 15 years that the Turkish team comes to play in Skopje.


Macedonian Australians Write Protest Letters to US, European Ambassadors in Kanberra

Associations of Macedonians from Western Australia sent protest letters to the Untied States Ambassador in Australia, as well as the Ambassadors of a number of European countries, protesting against the meddling in Macedonian domestic political affairs.
"The USA ambassador to Macedonia Mr Jess Baily in particular, together with the State Department’s continued overt and covert support for Albanian separatists and extremists, is destabilizing Macedonia and the whole Balkan region and as such is a dangerous and unwarranted intervention. The Albanian minority in Macedonia which comprises less than 20 percent of the population is afforded freedoms, liberties and benefits that no other minority in the world enjoys. They have held senior positions in successive governments including ministries, freely speak and learn their Albanian language in schools and universities and freely practice their Islamic religion and culture. The “Albanian Platform” which was authored in Tirana and refin…

Macedonia, China sign cooperation memo on labour and social security

Labour Minister Ibrahim Ibrahimi and Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Social Security of the People’s Republic of China Fu Xinghuo signed Monday memorandum of cooperation in the field of labour and social security between two ministries.
Memorandum foresees deepening cooperation between the two countries in this area, enabling exchange of experience and experts, exchange of visits at ministerial level, as well as joint organisation of training and implementation of common projects.
Both interlocutors assessed that the high-level cooperation is expected to be intensified more by signing of the memorandum.
The memorandum envisages civil servants from Macedonia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and China’s Ministry of Social Security will have great opportunity to mutually assist and cooperate in the field of labour legislation, the creation and implementation of employment policies with an emphasis on youth employment, labour inspection and social security, as well as emphas…

Gjorcheska jumps again on WTA ranking

Lina Gjorcheska noted jump of one position in the latest rankings list. Thus, the Macedonian player is now on the 180th position in the ranking of the world's best in this sport, the best ranking of her career.

Last week she reached the semifinals of the tournament in Rome, which was enough to advance one position in the previous ranking.

The new ranking brought a change at the top, so Angelica Kerber passed Serena Williams and climbed on the first place. The American, who will lack long after announced she was pregnant, now is a runner, and third place remained Plishkova Carolina. Simona Halep with winning the trophy in Madrid had a jump of four positions and is currently  4th before Cibulkova, Conta, Muguruca, Kuznetsova, Radwanska and Voznijacki.

Italian La Verita: Zaev, a socialist who has ties to Islam, accuses Italy of genocide

EU is supporting a Macedonian socialist who after accusing Serbs and Macedonians of genocide has now accused Italians of the same. Serbs have sent their army to the border to deal with aggressive statements from Albania, writes Italian daily La Verita.
Italy has once again placed itself in the middle of things in the Balkan: Zoran Zaev, the leader of the socialists in Macedonia, in order to improve his country relations with Serbia has now accused Italy of genocide over Albanians. There has been no comment from Brussels. As a result of the political instability in the region, Serbia has amassed its army on the borders with Kosovo and Macedonia. The Belgrade government doesn’t recognize Zaev’s attempt to destroy Macedonia’s Constitution assisted by the smaller Albanian parties who have blackmailed Zaev into forming a Government only if it results in Macedonia’s disintegration, writes La Verita.
Zaev, lost his elections in December, however thanks to the support of the EU socialists an…


Cannabis oil available in pharmacies across Macedonia without prescription

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

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

Macedonian Government to ban protests with new law on public gatherings

Greek jets mount NATO practice flights over Macedonia