Showing posts from September, 2017

Greek FM Kotzias: Committee to Remove Irredentism in Skopje Textbooks

We should wait for the local elections in October to be concluded and to see whether the new government in Skopje will solidify its position in order to be able to start more serious talks over the name issue, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias told EPT TV. 
He said the matter of irredentism was discussed with his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov, whom he calls 'an exceptionally interesting person.' 
"We agreed that a joint committee should be set up in November, tasked with in the next four months do its job - to remove irredentism from text books and geographical maps. It is a vital step, which will be followed by other ones that have been already discussed," stated FM Kotzias.

Greek delegation arrives in Skopje for bilateral business forum

A Greek business delegation is arriving in Skopje Saturday for a two-day bilateral forum organized by the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce under the auspices of the US Colombia University.

The delegation, led by Greek International Business Association (SEVE) chairman Kyriakos Loufakis, is also scheduled to meet SSK president Danela Arsovska and visit several companies - SSK members. Minister in charge of foreign investments Zorica Apostolska is also set to attend the event.
The Macedonian-Greek business forum  is a result of well-established ties between the chambers of commerce of both countries. In 2015 SSK signed the first cooperation agreement with Greece since Macedonia's independence at the first bilateral business forum in Thessaloniki.
The bilateral forum is an excellent opportunity for bolstering the economic cooperation and joint projects and presentation on third markets, SSK says.

NBRM: Banks’ activities reduced due to political crisis, economic slowdown

Banks in Q1 registered reduced activities by 1.6 per cent as a result of usual seasonal factors, a slowdown in economic activities, and also due to the risks stemming from the domestic political developments, the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia (NBRM) concluded.
The NBRM on Thursday held a session to review and adopt a report on risks in the banking system in the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.
Q1 saw a decrease in the banks’ deposit potential, largely as a result on a decrease in corporation deposits, according to the central bank.
“Household deposits rose by an insignificant 0.2 per cent. The banks’ loan activity in Q1 2017 dropped after a decrease in loan support to the corporation sector and a rise in crediting of households. However, in times of retaining assessments as regards the stability of the domestic economy, expectations of business subjects are being evidently stabilized, which enabled in January and February 2017 the National Bank to continue to normalize its mo…

DPMNE Leader Gruevski Meeting with Orban and Jansa

VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski welcomed Thursday in Ohrid the Hungarian Prime Minister and Fidesz leader, Viktor Orban, as well as former Slovenian president, now leader of the Slovenian Democratic Party, Janez Jansa. 
As soon as VMRO-DPMNE published the list of candidates, criminal charges have been brought almost against all of them, Gruevski said. Orban said that according to latest NATO reports, 60 million people from Africa are expected to use the so-called Balkan route on their way to Europe. 
Jansa voiced support for Macedonia's accession to the European Union, saying that the country made substantial progress to that effect under Gruevski's leadership.

Turkish cable producing company to build plant in Skopje

The Turkish company Çağatay Kablo laid cornerstone Wednesday at the Skopje industrial zone, where it will built a plant to produce cables for the automotive industry, mainly for buses manufactured by the Belgian company Van Hool.
The first stage, estimated to cost EUR 4 million, will see the construction of a facility on an area of 7,000 square meters, where 100 people will be employed. With a planned expansion of the facility at a later stage, the investment will be increased to EUR 6 million and job creation will rise to 300, according to the company's owner Ahmet Köroğlu.
Founded in 1998, the company employs a staff of 315 workers in its plant in Istanbul.
"The main reason for investing in our own facility in the Skopje industrial zone is to be closer to one of our main clients, Van Hool," Köroğlu told reporters.
He said he welcomed the government's policy envisaging increased support for companies that paid higher salaries to their employees. "Çağatay Kablo…

Macedonia's industrial output falls 5.3 Percent in August

Macedonia's industrial output fell by 5.3% year-on-year in August, after decreasing by an annual 2.2% in July, the country's statistical office, Makstat, said on Friday.
The decrease in August was mainly caused by an 8.0% drop in manufacturing production, which has the largest weight in total output, of 82.9%, data published on Makstat's website showed.
Last year, Macedonia's industrial output increased by 3.4%, following growth of 4.9% in 2015.
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Macedonia: Independent List Carrier Shot in Kicevo

The police informs that later on Wednesday evening, the independent list carrier for the Local election in Municipality of Kicevo Alit Abazi and the Head of his Pre-electoral Headquarters Setan Abdiu were shot. 
The attacker is identified by the police as Abdula Abdulau, who has been arrested an hour after the incident. Abazi and Abdiu were immediately hospitalised in the Kicevo hospital, and later transferred to the clinics in Skopje. 
Another person has been hit by the attacker, and is being treated at the Kicevo hospital. From the Skopje Clinic Centre "Mother Teresa” they inform that Abazi was received in stable condition and that he had to undergo surgery, and that they will come out with more details on Thursday. The police investigates the attack and the motifs.

Albania Set to Recognise Macedonian Minority

Albania recognises the existence of eight national minorities, namely the minorities of Macedonians, Greeks, Egyptians, Vlachs, Roma, Montenegrins, Serbs and Bosniaks. This is included in a text of a bill on the protection of minorities in Albania. The draft-law, already being forwarded to the national parliament, foresees advancement of the rights of minorities. Welcoming the move, the Tirana-based Macedonian Association ‘Ilinden’ underscores the fact that Albania is starting to show ‘a realistic picture’ about the minorities living in the country.  
Albania since 1991 has not officialy recognized the constitutional name Republic Macedonia.

Macedonian companies to attend two major business events in Turkey

Macedonian companies backed by Turkish Ministry of Economy will have the opportunity to attend two major international events in Turkey that will be held in early November.
The events that will provide opportunity to make direct contacts with potential partners are Match4Industry Business Matching event, 2-3 November 2017 in Kocaeli and Export Week event in Istanbul held from October 31 to November 2.
Macedonian-Turkish Chamber of Commerce (MATTO) will present details about upcoming two business events at today’s press conference.

New song from Tose Proeski will be released

This year, the fan club and the Tose Proeski Foundation will organize the music happening "Be part of Tose's starry sky" where a new song of the premature deceased singer will be promoted.

The musical happening "Be a part of Tose's starry sky" will take place at square "Makedonija" in Skopje on October 5 at 8 pm.
From the fan club say that ten years after the premature death of Tose Proeski, the flames of his fans are not fading away. This manifestation is held on the day of his last concert in Skopje, in order to remember together his music and character, but also to create the legendary "Starry Sky" in his honor.
At the music happening "Be a part of Tose's starry sky", fans will listen to the new song of Tose for the first time. The song is called "Light the Flame" and will mark the announcement of the new album that was filmed in London.
The organizers are urging citizens to come on October 5 and pay tribute t…

Pustec Mayor Temelko Arrested

Pustec mayor Edmond Temelko was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Skopje, the Interior Ministry told Macedonian media.

An international arrest warrant was issued earlier Tuesday for Edmond Temelko, the mayor of Pustec municipality in Albania. The Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) brought criminal charges against Temelko, political leader of the ethnic Macedonians in Albania, for electoral fraud during the 2013 municipal poll in Macedonia.

The Criminal Court accepted the SPO motion and ruled a 30-day detention for Temelko. Previously, an international search warrant was issued against the Pustec Mayor who had failed to report to the court in the requested intervals.

Pustec is a municipality in Albania, inhabitat by ethnic macedonians. It is one of the poorest region in Albania, forgotten by the albanian government.

Skopje Airport to support transatlantic flights

Skopje Alexander the Great Airport says it is ready to provide the "utmost support" to any airline which would consider introducing transatlantic flights from the Macedonian capital. It comes following talks earlier this year between the Macedonian government, Skopje Airport operator TAV and Turkish Airlines over the latter's possible services from Alexander the Great Airport to the United States and Canada. "As TAV Airports, we are actively promoting both Skopje and Ohrid airports in various fields in order to attract new airlines and expand the route network and passenger numbers. We have always established close relationships with our airline clients through our world-wide airport operations. This is also the case in Macedonia and we are ready to provide the utmost support to an airline which would consider flying transatlantic from Skopje. Skopje Airport is operationally capable to handle such transatlantic flights and ready to support carriers which would cons…

Estonia’s Nordica announces summer flights to Romania, Macedonia

The state owned Estonian airline Nordic Aviation Group operating under the Nordica brand announced on September 26th that it is adding summertime flights between Tallinn and Constanta, Romania, and Ohrid, Macedonia to its 2018 schedule, informs LETA/BNS.

Direct flights to Constanta will take place from June 16 through Sept. 29. The new service will kick off with once-weekly flights on Saturdays with a second flight on Wednesdays to be added from June 27. The duration of the flight is two hours and 30 minutes and ticket prices start from 89.9 euros, Nordica said.
Once-weekly seasonal flights to the Macedonian resort town Ohrid will be operated between June 1 and Sept. 14. The duration of the flight is three hours and ticket prices start from 99.9 euros.
Sven Kukemelk, business development manager at Nordica, said that the airline wishes to offer its customers alternative destinations beyond the big centers.
"Our aim is to search out different, exciting holiday destinations that c…

German plant for automotive parts opens in Prilep

A plant “Injection Moulding Prilep” of German company “Accomplast” has been formally set into work Thursday at the industrial zone Alinci near Prilep.
The investment of EUR 1,2 million will initially enable an engagement of 17 employees. The company management announced in the next four years additional EUR 3 million will be invested, which is to create 150 jobs.
Ines Andre, Accomplast representative and one of the managers of ‘Injection Moulding’ the said that the plant in Prilep would get another production line soon, while the second manager Frank Michaelis extended gratitude to former and incumbent Macedonian governments over their support.

Over 200 German companies, employing about 15,000 persons are present in Macedonia at the moment, said Patrick Martens, representative of the German Chamber of Commerce in the country.
The new plant shall produce car parts using latest technologies, intended for the European market and for large car brands such as BMW, Daimler, Audi, Volkswage…

Campaigning Starts For Local Elections in Macedonia

Political campaigning for the sixth local elections to be held in Macedonia officially started on September 25.

The first round of the vote is scheduled for October 15, with over 1.7 million people expected to cast ballots for mayors and members of local councils in 80 municipalities, plus the capital, Skopje, according to RFE/RL's Balkan Service.
The elections are considered to be a test for Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who has promised quick progress toward joining NATO and the European Union and quick resolution of criminal investigations of members of the previous government led by the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party.
Zaev heads a governing coalition made up of the Social Democratic SDSM party and the Albanian DUI party, which took power over three months ago.
Several citizens interviewed by RFE/RL's Balkan Service said they are not following the election closely because they do not trust politicians and that experience has shown that preelection promises are empty.
Nineteen …

Elena Risteska releases new video clip Tequila & Lemon

Elena Risteska, the 2006 representative of Macedonia, is in front of her new professional step, releasing the video clip of her new single Tequila & Lemon. Elena has been one of the most successful and beloved artists in her country, as she has released 4 albums and more than 20 singles during a career of 15 years.
She has been enjoying a brilliant career in music, having collaborated with well-known names of the music industry in Macedonia and beyond. Her new song has been a summer hit over the previous three months and has seen several remixes released. The song is written in Macedonian language and the influence of the Balkan element on music is evident.
Obviously pleased of her new release, Elena names and thanks all her partners who contributed to the creation of her song and video, from the Russian producers to the dancers that perform during it. Furthermore, she is thankful to her fans who have been following her work for all of these years.

Macedonian Movie Golden Five wins Award at Mumbai Festival

The Golden Five film directed by Goran Trencovski won the Best Foreign Feature Film Award at the festival in Mumbai, India.
Goran Trencovski’s impressive feature film The Golden Five premiered in the USA at the 36th New Jersey Film Festival on Friday (Sept. 22). The film was greeted with a long applause, and the director responded to questions from the audience. The premiere was attended by numerous representatives from the American film industry, as well as from the Macedonian community in the United States.
On Saturday, (Sept. 23) the film was screened at the 8th Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai, India, which is currently most visited Travelling Film Festival, that toured 16 cities. At the festival’s closing ceremony, last night, the film won the Best Foreign Feature Film Award. Golden Five is produced by Revolution Production and is financially supported by the Macedonian Film Agency.

Central Asia Metals buys zinc mine in Macedonia

Central Asia Metals, a Kazakhstan focused copper producer, has bought an underground zinc and lead mine in Macedonia for $402.5m.
Central Asia Metals agreed to buy the mine from Orion Co-Investments and Fusion Capital through a combination of debt and equity, it said.
Last year the SASA mine produced 22,515 tonnes of zinc in raw concentrate and 28,955 tonnes of lead in concentrate.

Macedonian economy seriously hampered

The protracted political crisis in Macedonia has had a higher than excepted toll on the country's economy, local media reported Sunday citing Macedonian National Bank Governor Dimitar Bogov.
Bogov declared that it would be difficult for Macedonia to achieve any growth for this year while he considered the Banks April forecast of a 2.5 percent growth as too optimistic.
"Having in mind the outcome of the first half of the year which was -0.9, I would be glad if we end this year with positive economic growth," media here cited Bogov as saying.
Macedonia's economic growth for 2016 stood at 2.4 percent, while in the second quarter of this year it saw a 1.9 percent drop.
However, Bogov voiced hope that if Macedonia restores full political stability and carries out important economic policies, it can expect that growth to gradually return to the trend that it had before entering into the political crisis in 2015.

Days of Macedonian Poetry in Sweden

Traditional cultural manifestation Day of Macedonian Poetry in Sweden, will be held for the 27th time in the City Library in Gothenburg.

Within the program of this year's edition there will be twenty poets, and as a guest from Macedonia will participate Macedonian poet Violeta Tancheva Zlateva, author of several books and winner of significant awards for her work, including the most important poetry award in Macedonia, "Brothers Miladinovci "at the Struga Poetry Evenings.
The amphitheater hall in the City Library in Gothenburg offers excellent conditions for reading poetry, and this year we hope for good response and attendance by literary art lovers, says Ivica Celikovic, secretary of the Macedonian Union in Sweden.
Among the participants in the program, besides authors originating from Macedonia who live in Sweden, there will be many poets from other nationalities, including several members of the Writing Center in western Sweden.
For today, it is planned an annual as…

Macedonia: 38th Manaki Brothers film festival opens in Bitola

With the Macedonian premiere of the short film "Krajot na vremeto" by Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski, and later with the premiere of the Bulgarian - Macedonian co - production "Nasoki" by the Bulgarian director Stephen Komandarev, the first of the films in the official selection will start the 38th  International Film Camera Festival "Manaki Brothers" in Bitola.

The organizers inform that the preparations for the gala opening in the Bitola Culture Center have been completed and the city is full of fans of the film.
According to the program, before the screenings of the films, the President of the State, George Ivanov, who is the patron of the festival, will present the Golden Camera 300 award for the lifetime achievement to the French cinematographer Pierre Lom. The second winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Italian cinematographer Giuseppe Rotouno did not come to Macedonia because of his age.
During the gala opening of the festival will be …

Milcho Manchevski to receive special award Golden Camera 300 in Bitola

International cinematographers’ film festival “Manaki Brothers” will present this year’s special award Golden Camera 300 for outstanding contribution in world film art to Macedonian director and screenwriter Milcho Manchevski.
The history of Macedonia and its cinematography turned into a new direction in Venice, when the prestigious “Golden Lion” went into Manchevski’s hands and even more on the day when renowned actor Jeremy Irons uttered his name and the country he comes from at the 1995 Oscars.
Manchevski, 57, graduated at the Skopje-based Faculty of Philosophy and later at the Department of Cinema and Photography within the Southern Illinois University. He is the author of six feature films, TV, short and documentary films, and music videos. He teaches at the Feirstein Graduate School at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, VGIK in Moscow, EICTV in Cuba and the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
The premiere of Manchevski’s latest short film “The End…

EHF Champions League - Vardar continue perfect start to title defence

The defending VELUX EHF Champions League winners are the only team in Group A that has won its first two games in the group this season. HC Vardar were up against the only other victorious side from the first round in the group, HBC Nantes, and celebrated the two points with a four-goal victory, 27:23.
Meanwhile IFK Kristianstad played a gutsy game against FC Barcelona Lassa but the hosts' finish proved too strong for the Swedish club. In Zagreb, MOL-Pick Szeged made up for their round 1 loss with a five-goal away win. Vardar and Nantes were the only two teams in group A that won their games in the first roundVardar built up a four-goal lead before half time after some tight first minutes

HC Vardar (MKD) vs HBC Nantes (FRA) 27:23 (14:10) The fight was close from the very beginning as HC Vardar hosted HBC Nantes. Both teams took turns finding the net until Vardar scored three goals in a row to gain a two-goal lead for the first time, 5:3. If the Macedonian supporters thought that th…

Veropoulos Invests €2m In New Macedonian Stores

Greek retailer Veropoulos has opened its eighth Vero supermarket in Macedonia, located in the city of Tetovo, as well as the third Jumbo toy store in the country.

The total investment in the two new stores, with a total sales area of 2,600 square metres, amounts to over €2 million.
In line with the company strategy for providing support to local producers, the new supermarket offers a wide range of products from 800 Macedonian producers, with which Veropoulos has been working intensively in recent years.
Investment Plans This year, Veropoulos is celebrating 20 years of presence in Macedonia, having invested a total of €60 million in the country. Last year, the retailer introduced a new loyalty programme, through which consumers benefit from many discounts and lower bills when shopping.
According to the general manager of Vero Marketi, Lucas Biasas, the company has plans to open three or four new Vero stores by the end of 2017.
With the opening of the new supermarket in Tetovo, Veropo…

Dimitrov and Kotzias met in New York

In New York, a meeting between Macedonian and Greek diplomats, Dimitrov and Kodzias. They had a shared dinner. Photographs published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens.

So far, there is no information about what the two heads of diplomats, who attend the United Nations General Assembly, discussed.
Kotzias met with Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, with whom he also discussed the name issue two days ago. He believes that after the elections there is a possibility for discussion on the name issue, MRTV reports.
Greek opposition New Democracy MP George Koumoutsakos, who is in charge of foreign policy in the party, sharply attacked Foreign Minister Nikos Kodzias over the name talks of the Republic of Macedonia.
- Is Kotzais having a negotiating mandate and if so what is it? By what credibility is sitting at the negotiating table? What is his position? This play with national issues is over, Koumoutsakos said in the Greek Parliament, adding that New Demo…

Eurowings cancels new Skopje service

Low cost airline Eurowings has cancelled plans to launch flights between Munich and Skopje, which were to commence on October 31. Services were to run twice per week, each Tuesday and Friday. 
The airline has suspended ticket sales for the route. The Lufthansa subsidiary confirmed to EX-YU Aviation News it is shelving the planned flights, adding, "As the expectations regarding the economic efficiency of the route were not fulfilled, the service between Munich and Skopje is cancelled for now. Since routes are constantly being revaluated, this may change in the future". 
Recently, Eurowings announced it was also cancelling its planned new service between Dusseldorf and Sarajevo, which was to launch on November 2.

VMRO-DPMNE warns that SDSM is letting criminals free ahead of the municipal elections

VMRO-DPMNE warned that SDSM is setting violent criminals free ahead of the October 15th municipal elections, which might lead to election day violence or voter intimidation promoted by SDSM leader and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.
"Zaev is setting criminals free and the SD led Government is becoming synonymous with banditism and crime. People with criminal records are being put in action ahead of the elections. Zaev knows that he will lose and he is now focusing on non-democratic methods which lead to corruption and destruction of the democratic election framework", VMRO-DPMNE said in a press release.
The conservative party named the recent early releases of Agim Krasniqi and Bajrush Sejdiu from prison and the proposal of an amnesty law which might lead to even broader releases of prisoners. Krasiniqi was detained in 2008, following the violent general elections in which several people were killed in clashes between parties that represent ethnic Albanians. Also known for threa…

Slovakia donates boots for Macedonian police officers

Slovakia donated Wednesday 1,500 pairs of boots worth EUR 113,000 for Macedonian police officers.
Slovak Ambassador Martin Bezak handed over the donation in the attendance of Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski.
"The successful cooperation that gained intensity during the migrant crisis when Slovak police officers assisted the Macedonia-Greece border controls, continues to enhance", said Minister Spasovski.
He added that the arrival of the tenth contingent of Slovak police officers is expected soon.

Bulgaria wants to speed up the process of issuing passports to 53.000 Macedonians

We have 53.000 lodged requests with documents by Macedonian citizens that cannot become Bulgarian citizens because of certain inconsistencies in the legal base, said the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simenonov yesterday during the roundtable discussion on the subject of “Demographic policy and the work mobility” organized by the Bulgarian government, reports the Bulgarian news agency “BGNES.”

He stresses that at the moment the procedure for gaining a Bulgarian citizenship lasts for two or three years, and sometimes even longer, and that one of the goals of the Bulgarian government is to shorten the timespan of gaining a Bulgarian citizenship for all Macedonians to 6 months.
-Our goal is to shorten the period for gaining a Bulgarian citizenship, when all documents are checked and valid, to 6 months. That’s a normal timespan, and out of those 6 months, the procedures by the executive power to last 4months and 17 days, and during the remaining time, the Vice-president will sign…

Igor Stefanovski Idze wins in Belgium

Igor Stefanovski Idze won the second race in Belgium, Macedonian driver had a great ride and in the end deservedly on the Zolder track our anthem was heard.

Igor Stefanovski Idze has won the second victory this season after having triumphed in the second race in Zolder, Belgium, a great success of the Macedonian driver.
After seeing that he could not win in the first race, Idze made a strategy to finish it in the eighth place so he could start from the pole position in the second race.
That proved to be a proper strategy, Zolder has no place for many passes, so Igor Stefanovski Idze set off safely from the pole position and kept it until the end of the race to celebrate a great victory.
This is Idze's second victory this season, a total of three in the ETCC, with which came close to the top and in the last race in the Czech Republic will fight for the title.

Fifty new US Peace Corps volunteers arrive in Macedonia

Fifty new members of the United States Peace Corps arrived in Macedonia on Sunday.
During their two-year stay, the Peace Corps volunteers will work as teachers in English Language, special education teachers, as well as in the field of community development, in partnership with elementary and secondary schools, government institutions, municipalities, and NGOs.
This is the 22nd group of volunteers living and working in Macedonian towns and villages. They will undergo training in the first three months, including the learning of Macedonian and/or Albanian language and culture, and start their service at the beginning of December.
Peace Corps Macedonia director Mark Hannafin welcomed the volunteers at the Skopje-based airport.
"This is the largest group of volunteers of Peace Corps Macedonia to date. The number of volunteers is increasing by the year, demonstrating the large interest among Americans to serve in Macedonia", said Hannafin.
About 700 Peace Corps volunteers have …

Amok by Vardan Tozija wins award at Otranto film festival

Amok, a film by Vardan Tozija, won the main prize at the Golden Lighthouse 2017 film festival in Otranto, Italy.
Amok tells the story of a young man who goes through a bruising growing up experience that turns him in a vengeful man filled with anger. Martin Gjorgoski, Deniz Abdula and Nikola Ristanovski star in the film, which was produced by Dream Factory and Red Helicopters from Albania. The Macedonian Film Agency and the SEE Cinema Network supported the film, which also won the FIPRESCI award at the Pristina PRIFEST festival and the award at the Kitzbuhel festival in Austria.

ELEM to increase national electricity production

The Macedonian Power Plants (ELEM) managing board is making every effort to increase electricity production and minimize the need for import by the year-end, said the company's director-general Dragan Minovski at Sunday's press conference.

He said ELEM's electricity production over the past decade has dropped by the year, with 6,510 GWh produced in 2006 dropping to 5,113 GWh in 2013, 4,300 GWh in 2016, whereas 3,600 GWh are expected in 2017, which is below the 4,000 GWh minimum required for the needs of tariff consumers.
"We are currently analyzing the work of the previous management, taking into account that the drop in production results from the untimely annual maintenance of the three blocs of mining-energy combine (REK) Bitola, along with the poor modernization of the combine's second and third blocs, which cost EUR 66 million, but the capacity of the blocks lowered by 40 MWh, resulting in company losses of more than EUR 130 million", added Minovski.

There is an open window for talks about the name dispute, said Kotzias after the meeting with Guterres

Macedonia and the name dispute were one of the subjects that last night in New York were discussed by the Head of the Greek Diplomacy, NikosKotzias and the UN’s General Secretary, Antonio Guterres.
As the Greek MFA announced, regarding the name dispute and the talks with the mediation of the Matthew Niemtiz, Kotzias has said that “there is an open window with possibilities” to talk about the name dispute as soon as the local elections are over and if the “neighboring country abandons irredentism.”
-The meeting was also attended by Mr. Niemitz, who met with Vasilakis (the Greek MP participating in the talks about the name dispute, Adamantios Vasilakis) in London a day before yesterday. As you know, the neighboring country will hold local elections in October. I believe that past the elections there will be a window of opportunities for a discussion regarding the name dispute, only if the irredentism is left – said Kotzias after the meeting with Guterres.
In the announcement that was i…

A Boy From Skopje Invented an Application for Autistic Children

More than 10,000 people have downloaded the Sliko Word application, which was created by fifteen-year-old Darijan Shekerov from Skopje to help children with autism and speech impediments.

Darian made the application at 14 years in order to facilitate the communication of these children with the family and the environment. With this application he won 3000 projects from around the world in the category "Fighting diseases and hunger".
- This application facilitates the communication of these children with their family and the environment. I did it at the request of the parents and the association for children with autism and speech impediments. It's easy to use it and it's free. I have the intention of continuing to upgrade the Sliko Word program. It works by selecting a specific topic you are interested in by clicking on the photo for it, and a voice comes out of it, borrowed from my sister Srna, who describes the photo, explains the young Macedonian genius for the S…

Macedonia: Main witness in Kumanovo terrorist attack is dead

Nimetula Abdulai, employed by the Counter Intelligence Agency (UBK) was found dead last night.

According to TV21, he worked for UBK’s division in Kumanovo, fell ill last night and was taken with an ambulance to Lipkovo, then to Kumanovo where doctors were only able to confirm his death.
Majority of the terrorists from Kosovo asked that Nimetula be a witness in the Court process because he knew the activities of the Kumanovo terrorist group first hand.
At the moment, authorities are working in figuring out the cause of Abdulai’s death.

ODW Elektrik plant opens in Ohrid-Struga zone

German company "ODW Elektrik" opened its new plant for production of electronic components in the automotive industry in technological-industrial development zone Ohrid/Struga on Friday. The greenfield investment worth EUR 3 million includes seven production lines and 220 employees. ODW Elektrik Managing Director Martin Ehret said EUR 1,7 million have been invested in equipment.
"There will be about 250 employees by the end of 2017, rising to 300 at the end of 2018. This demonstrates ODW's dynamics, but also the necessity for qualified staff from Macedonia. As investors we wish good cooperation with all state institutions, in order to fully utilize the opportunities available here", said Ehret.
Vice Premier for Economic Affairs Koco Angjusev wished the company success on behalf of the Government, announcing increased support for investors deciding to expand their business in Macedonia.
"Companies such as ODW Elektrik are welcome in Macedonia and will enjo…

S&P affirms Macedonia at BB-/B, outlook stable

Standard & Poor's said it affirmed Macedonia's long-term and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings at BB-/B with a stable outlook.

"The stable outlook reflects the balance between the risks from Macedonia's rising public debt and remaining political uncertainty over the next 12 months, and the country's favorable economic prospects," the credit agency said in a statement, late on Friday.
The political crisis in Macedonia has receded following the formation of a narrow majority coalition government in May 2017, the global credit agency said, adding that it expects a reasonable degree of policy continuity, which should support a gradual acceleration in economic growth in the near term. S&P also said in the statement:
OUTLOOK The stable outlook reflects the balance between the risks from Macedonia's rising public debt and remaining political uncertainty over the next 12 months, and the country's favorable economic prospec…


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