“Doing Business”: Macedonia in 12th place out of 189 economies in the world

Washington, 28 October, 2015 - 9:13 (META) 

According to the latest report, “Doing Business” (Doing Business) of the World Bank, Macedonia is in 12th place out of 189 economies in the world.

In the area of ​​starting a business, the country ranks 2nd , according to the report, this is due to the simplification of procedures through internet registration.

In the category of paying taxes, Macedonia is in 7th place.

Respected international weekly “The Economist” recently gave serious remarks regarding the ranking of countries in the World Banks report “Doing Business”, expressing concern about certain shortcomings.

The weekly writes that many countries high on the list, or have been growing fast up the ranks of “Doing Business”, are essentially poor.

To get a more favourable position on the list, these countries are prone to foreign direct investment or assistance, which, if it becomes policy objective of the government it is not a reliable way of keeping the national economy afloat.

Also, they did not take into account of important elements of the business climate, such as security, corruption, market size, financial stability, infrastructure and knowledge.

Dacic: I am disappointed with Montenegro and Macedonia’s point of view

Belgrade, 22 October, 2015 - 12:09 (META) 

I am disappointed with Montenegro and Macedonia’s point of view, they voted ‘for’ the admission of Kosovo to UNESCO at the meeting of the Executive Council of the organization, said Serbia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic on a morning television program on the channel “Pink”.

“It is something we will have to ask such a question, in relation to them”, said the Minister.

Dacic pointed out that whoever plays a positive role for the interests of Serbia will be treated positively in their interests.

“I do not believe that we will vote for their matters internationally”, Mr Dacic added.

US State Department: The Przhino Agreement is the best way out of the political crisis

Wahington, 21 October, 2015 - 11:08 (META) 

The US State Department estimates that the Przhino Agreement is the best way out of the political crisis in Macedonia and urged political parties to continue the implementation of the agreement.

“We encourage Macedonia’s leader to build on the progress that they’ve already made in implementing the July 15political agreement, which represents the best way forward out of the crisis and onto a path to credible elections in April of next year, 2016.” said State Department spokesman John Kirby, adding that the parties broke deadlines for reaching an agreement on the law for the government to protect whistle-blowers and to protect privacy.

Kirby said Macedonian leaders last month made an important step with the appointment of a Special Prosecutor, but it is necessary to provide the required resources and personnel to fulfil the mandate.

“The political parties should not seek to influence or constrain that work”, said Kirby in regards to the Special Prosecutor.

The State Department also expressed hope that the working groups of the political parties will continue talks and  all sides will put the interests of the country first, reaffirming their commitment to Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

Hahn: I am going to press for progress of the political agreement

Skopje, 19 October, 2015 - 10:54 (META) 

The EU Commissioner for and Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations , Johannes Hahn, today in Skopje will put pressure on political leaders to implement the Przhino Agreement.

“On my way to Skopje, meeting all political parties to press for urgent progress with political agreement,” Mr Hahn wrote on his Twitter account. This is the Commissioner’s third visit of the to Macedonia in the last four months.
The European Union repeatedly appealed to political parties to respect the established time limits and the law on the Special Prosecutor defined by the Przhino Agreement.

Political parties have reached an agreement over the weekend on the Electoral Law after missing the deadline by two weeks. The Law today should be found in Parliament.

Under the Przhino Agreement, by tomorrow new Ministers and Deputy Ministers are meant to be chosen for the Provisional Government.

Johannes Hahn in Skopje on Monday

Skopje, 16 October, 2015 - 13:34 (META) 

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, on Monday will travel to Skopje.

“We are closely monitoring developments and urge all parties to continue to work on implementing the Przhino Agreement. Commissioner Hahn plans next week to visit the country, to be exact, he arrives on Monday”, said his spokeswoman, Maja Kocijancic.

Besimi: Macedonia may loose its recommendation if it fails to implement the Przhino Agreement

Skopje, 11 October, 2015 - 12:24 (META) 

Macedonia can not get a date to start accession negotiations with the EU if it does not implement the Przhino Agreement, said Vice Prime Minister for European Integration, Fatmir Besimi, in an interview for “Radio Free Europe“.

“ Failure to comply with the political agreement of June the 2nd and if work is incomplete and meeting urgent reform priorities does not happen, it is possible that Macedonia will not get the recommendation. However, it is in the interest of the Republic of Macedonia and the European Union to work on improving the situation and the reform efforts for Macedonia to get a recommendation this year. So, we are working in that direction, as we work to fulfil the political agreements in terms of reforms, Macedonia is taking steps for a report of a recommendation” Mr Besimi said.

The Vice Prime Minister for European Integration expected that the report will have a realistic approach, such as recommendations and the report will have recommendations that will address all issues where Macedonia should be doing more.

An aggregator with video content will help teachers and students across the country

Skopje, 10 October, 2015 - 13:57 (META) 

Today the Ministry of Education and Science has launched an aggregator of video content at www.eduvideos.mon.gov.mk where one can find presentations of the educational curricula.

The aggregator, as noted Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Spiro Ristovski said teachers and students in primary and secondary schools, as well as parents can share educational videos related to the topics of the national curriculum.

Before a video can be uploaded to the site, it will have to be approved by a team from the Ministry who will review the contents in accordance with the standards that apply to education, and will decide whether it can be published or not.

The website currently has 954 videos.

Kocijancic: Election Laws to be agreed on today

Brussels, 8 October, 2015 - 11:50 (META) 

Today the European Commission called on all parties who are signatories to the Przhino Agreement and immediately to agree on electoral reform.

“The Commission regrets that despite progress made in the working group, the parties still have not been able to finalize the electoral reform. We strongly urge the four party leaders to reach agreement today. The Election Day is approaching. Therefore, the electoral law needs to be adopted as soon as possible and its implementation needs to start in view of the elections in April”, said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for European Commissioner Johannes Hahn.

The EU, however, refuses to comment on reports today, that through its representative in Macedonia, they will submit a prepared draft legislation for election laws.

Tsipras hopes things begin to move between Athens and Skopje

New York, 1 October, 2015 - 20:37 (META) 

The Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, hopes that measures to build confidence will help to speed up the process of resolving the name dispute. Speaking at the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), the Greek Prime Minister said that Greece is working to resolve all outstanding issues with the countries of the Western Balkans, pointing to the dispute with Macedonia, and how to attempt to overcome it.

Tsipras, in his speech mentioned that Greece has proposed a negotiating framework that includes the implementation of confidence-building measures, which he hopes will allow enough time to resolve the dispute and to open a space for greater cooperation.

He stressed that Greece remains a big supporter of the European perspective for the Western Balkans and is working to improve bilateral ties with these Countries.


Macedonia will get a recommendation for negotiations, but will also receive harsh criticism from Brussels

Skopje, 1 October, 2015 - 14:12 (META) 

‘Meta’ has learned that Macedonia’s progress report on the country’s integration to the EU, will receive a recommendation for negotiations.

The recommendation, according to senior government sources, was not seen as controversial, especially since the implementation of the Przhino Agreement had already started and the selection of a Special Public Prosecutor reached its deadline on time. However, the report, which will contain remarks made by Reinhard Priebe, and as we soon discovered, were not kind remarks regarding problems that passed in the last several years.

From sources familiar with the preparation of the report, we learned that this year, the negative issues will be the prominent political pressure on the judiciary, the politicization of the administration, issues with the media’s right to free speech, anti-corruption and the events of December the 24th of 2012, which are most likely to be associated with the blockade of the Oversight Committee Work of the Security and Counter Intelligence Agency

However, the draft report is still in preparation, so there may be possible changes to its content.

EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johansson Hahn during his visit to Skopje, said that in Macedonia the spirit for European integration had been revived, but said it was unlikely that negotiations would start soon, especially because the crisis is not yet over, and the name dispute is still not resolved.

“ I am pragmatic. We must go step by step, the crisis is not completely finished. If the agreement is implemented, we will do everything to convince EU member states to begin negotiations. However, this sort of thing simply does not take a few months” – said Mr Hahn during his visit to Skopje.