Skopje-Blace highway work to start next year at a cost of €100 million


Skopje, 10 September, 2018 - 15:54 (META) 

The construction of the Skopje-Blace highway will start in spring, next year and will be built in two phases, said Minister of Transport and Communications Goran Sugareski during a working visit to the Municipality of Arachinovo.

In the first phase, 1.6 km will be built and then the remaining part of a dozen kilometers will be completed, further construction will be carried-out in parallel.

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani recently said that the construction of the highway will cost 100 million euros, however, the minister without portfolio says he does not want to speculate, and that the exact amount will be known when the project is completed.

The first part of the highway will be financed by the Public Enterprise for State Roads and the rest with the assistance of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The route will feature a total of nine bridges and four tunnels.


“Aktor”: The judiciary authorities in Skopje have put the case related to the highway in an archive dated from 2014


Athens, 10 June, 2017 - 18:34 (META) 

The Greek company “Aktor” has no knowledge of the existence of a prosecution regarding the contract for building the Demir Kapija – Smokvica highway, announced the company.

They said that after the performed audit, the judiciary in Skopje, have put the case in the archive dated 2014. According to then, the contract for building the highway was signed on basis of an international tender.

Greek media outlets “Protothema” and “Kathimerini” wrote that the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has charged this Greek company for fraud and laundering 50 million euros in connection with the construction of a highway Demir Kapija – Smokvica.

Aktor has denied they were laundering money during the building of the highway and have stressed that there was no fraud while carrying out the construction works.

When “Meta” questioned the Public Prosecution for Organized Crime and Corruption two years ago, they stated they were collecting evidence necessary to solve the “Aktor” case.

“Given the complexity of the case, the prosecuting authority will take action to collect evidence necessary to establish the circumstances of the execution of this particular crime”, responded on March 2015, the Prosecutor’s Office.


Greek company “Aktor” charged for laundering 50 million euros for Demir Kapija – Smokvica highway


Athens, 8 June, 2017 - 11:01 (META) 

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has charged the Greek company “Aktor” for fraud and laundering 50 million euros  in connection with the construction of a highway Demir Kapija – Smokvica, reported Greek media outlets “Protothema” and “Kathimerini”.

The case found itself under scrutiny by the public prosecutor after evidence was collected by OLAF.

The Greek construction company in 2012 won the tender for the construction of a 28 km section of the highway and the name “Aktor” became well known in the public domain in 2014, when SDSM made accusations that 3.5 million euros had been withdrawn from Macedonian bank accounts illegally.

SDSM presented documents and argued that Greek citizens through the branch of the Greek company “Aktor” in the country, had withdrawn millions of euros in cash from a branch of “Stopanska Bank – Skopje” in Negotino.

“Protothema” also wrote that some of the staff withdrew monthly salaries of 110,000 euros.

When “Meta” questioned the Public Prosecution for Organized Crime and Corruption two years ago, they stated they were collecting evidence necessary to solve the “Aktor” case.

“Given the complexity of the case, the prosecuting authority will take action to collect evidence necessary to establish the circumstances of the execution of this particular crime”, responded on March 2015, the Prosecutor’s Office.

Two years ago, at the request of the Greek state attorney’s office, Greek financial police arrested the owner of “Aktor”, Leonidas Bobolas, for tax evasion and debt to the state.


Frangov: The water is clean, but with the new water supply system we want to remove all doubt


Gevgelija, 4 September, 2016 - 15:07 (META) 

The Mayor of Gevgelija, Ivan Frangov, today, stated to “Meta” that the new water supply system in Gevgelija is being constructed because the city needs additional quantities of water. He claims that the water in Gevgelija is clean, but that local authorities want to remove any doubt.
“We have decided to build a new water supply system because we need additional water. Also, after allegations that the water is contaminated, we want to get rid of all doubt and suspicion, although we can confirm that the drinking water is clean”, said Frangov.

In a notice published on the Municipality’s website, its states that the new water supply system will be constructed with a loan from the World Bank and a grant from IPA- Program.

The project plans to build two new wells near the River Vardar, a new pipeline, and reservoir on Mrzenski hill.

The estimated cost of the new water supply system amounts to 105,258,839 denars, of which 70,738,500 denars are provided by the World Bank, and 260,000 euros will be provided via a grant from the EU IPA funds.

Bids from interested companies should be submitted by October 4, 2016.

The construction of a new water supply system in Gevgelija comes after many years of criticism from non-governmental organizations claiming that the drinking water in Gevgelija contains high levels of arsenic.

The civil initiative “Arsena” in July of this year published their analysis of the water samples from Gevgelija, which showed the presence of large amounts of arsenic, and the chemical element, vanadium.


Foreign investments in the first three months amounted to 58,7 million euros


Skopje, 1 June, 2016 - 13:24 (META) 

Foreign investment in the first three months of this year amounted to 58,7 million euros, which is 8.7 percent less than the same period last year, stated the National Bank.

Most foreign investments are from Liechtenstein which comes to a total of 7,6 million euros, then Italy with 4,35 million euros, and lastly Austria with 3,4 million euros.

In terms of sectors and industries, the most foreign investments are in transport equipment, motor vehicles, construction, textile, financial intermediation, and insurance.


Gruevski inaugurated the construction of a new kindergarten in Petrovec


Skopje, 15 August, 2015 - 14:36 (META) 

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski , Minister of Labor and Social Policy Dime Spasov and the Mayor of the Petrovec municipality Borche Mitevski, inaugurated the construction of a new kindergarten in the municipality which will house around 80 children. The kindergarten will be finished in two to three months and will cost 15 million denari, ten of which are provided by the Petrovec municipality and the rest by the Ministry for Labor and Social Policy.

– Many municipalities need new kindergartens. The problem with natality is present in Macedonia and in throughout Europe. The Government of Macedonia is undertaking measures to inspire parents to have more children and expand their families. This is the reason why we are happy that in some areas in the country there is a need now for new kindergartens, which means parents are having more children and the country is becoming younger so that we have someone to leave to all the things that we are creating today- said Gruevski.

The Prime Minister is visiting today the municipalities of Petrovec and Ilinden, where he will check on the development of a sewage system in the industrial zone Kojlija. Gruevski is also going to inaugurate open the new sewage system and a filter station in the suburb Kadino and will check the progress on the construction of a clinic and the reconstruction of the middle school Brakja Miladinovci in the village Miladinovci.