Government: Macedonia received a date for negotiations, positive changes were recognized

Skopje, 27 June, 2018 - 11:42 (META) 

Another great day for the Republic of Macedonia, and more recognition for our country. The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states of the European Union yesterday decided to start negotiations for membership for the Republic of Macedonia in June 2019, the Government stated.

“The European Union and the leaders of all member states recognized the Republic of Macedonia as a country of positive change, a dynamic process of reform, inclusiveness and social dialogue. A country with a strong, well-intentioned political will, resolves disputes with its neighbors and a country of citizens who have demonstrated that they have a clearly expressed vision of a European future. The path of reform and building our country as a state under European rules is an irreversible process”, the government announced.

Merkel to Zaev: Germany will strongly support the Agreement

Skopje, 22 June, 2018 - 16:47 (META) 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a congratulatory message to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev for reaching an agreement with Greece to resolve the name dispute, and said Germany would strongly support it, informed the Macedonian Government.

“This deal paves the way for a historic agreement, and I congratulate you and your government on this success. The Federal Republic of Germany with great interest will follow the implementation of this Agreement and will strongly support it”, wrote Merkel to her Macedonian counterpart, said the Government.

VMRO-DPMNE will not take part in Parliament’s efforts on Agreement with Greece

Skopje, 19 June, 2018 - 15:30 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE’s parliamentary group will not take part in Parliament’s efforts concerning the agreement over the name with Greece. Any further participation will be decided by party organs, said MP Antonio Miloshoski today.

According to him, the agreement is not a compromise but blackmail, which someone had to sign, either because of previous actions or future rewards.

“Legally, the agreement is anti-constitutional, and is a national humiliation”, said Miloshoski.

He blamed the abuse of the European flag of the law, thus the violation of all procedures.

MPs give green light for the fast-tracking of Agreement with Greece

Skopje, 19 June, 2018 - 15:09 (META) 

At today’s 51st Parliamentary session, MPs supported the fast-tracking of the draft-law on the ratification of the agreement with Greece, which was signed on Sunday by the foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece.

The law was explained by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, who said that it is more than necessary for Parliament to consider the fast-tracking of this law in order to meet the upcoming deadlines for the EU and NATO summits.

“Greece has an obligation to inform the President of the EU Council, that Greece fully supports Macedonia’s bid for EU membership and to notify the NATO Secretary General regarding an invitation to join the Alliance. The June summit lies ahead, these dates are crucial to a European future of our country. In order to achieve these results, I propose that Parliament adopts this bill while employing a fast-track procedure”, said Dimitrov.

In support of the proposal, 69 MPs, that is, MPs from the majority and all Albanian parties, voted in favour, while MPs from the opposition, VMRO-DPMNE voted against with 40 votes.

The coordinator of the largest parliamentary group from the opposition, Dragan Danev, said that the deal presented before MPs was an act of capitulation by the government. According to him, the agreement represents a latter-day genocide of Macedonian rule of law and an attempt to deny our existence.

For the EU, Macedonia will be FYROM until Agreement with Greece is fully implemented

Brussels, 18 June, 2018 - 20:04 (META) 

Spokeswoman for the European Commission, Maja Kocijančić, said that until Greece and Macedonia fully implement the agreement reached over the name dispute, the European Union will continue to call the country by its provisional name.

“An agreement has been reached, however, a number of steps remain to be completed. For official purposes we will continue to call the country the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as we have done so far with all our announcements”, said Kocijančić.

Government condemns violence and calls for atmosphere of reason and constructiveness

Skopje, 18 June, 2018 - 19:51 (META) 

The government strongly condemns the violence, hate speech and incitement to violence following yesterday’s events which were aimed at manipulating and harassing citizens, says the Government.

“We call for an atmosphere of reason and constructiveness so that a meaningful debate takes place and every Macedonian citizen has the opportunity to express his own opinion before the referendum is held, where the people can freely decide on a Macedonian prosperous future. No fear, intimidation or pressure. We urge citizens to show caution with a restrained attitude, so to recognize any fake news and misinformation that is spread via social media networks,”, reads the government statement.

25 demonstrators arrested and 7 police officers injured at protest outside Parliament

Skopje, 18 June, 2018 - 14:08 (META) 

At last nights protest outside Parliament, 7 police officers were injured and 25 demonstrators were detained, stated the MOI. More details will follow today.

“At yesterdays protest in Skopje, some of the protesters used explosive devices and violently pushed the protective fence, while forcefully trying to  enter Parliament. In order to prevent the situation escalating and a violent incursion of the Parliament building, and acting in accordance with rules and regulation, the police used tear gas”, said the Interior Ministry.

The Interior Ministry emphasized that while it respects the right to peaceful protest, it will not allow the use of force and violent attack, as well as disturbance of public order and peace, and appeals for a democratic way of expressing public opinion.

The protests were organized via social media networks after an agreement was signed by Macedonia and Greece yesterday to resolve the 27-year-old name dispute. The name of Macedonia will be Northern Macedonia (erga omnes).

Hahn: Citizens of future Northern Macedonia deserve a European future

Resen, 18 June, 2018 - 11:25 (META) 

“This is a historic day, because the citizens of the future Northern Macedonia deserve a European future,” said EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn in Oteshevo after signing an agreement between Macedonia and Greece in Psarades on the Greek side of Lake Prespa.

He reminded that a lot of work remains, because as one process finishes, another begins.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said she personally hopes that in two weeks there will be a date for starting negotiations with the EU, and today’s signing of the agreement between Macedonia and Greece is a positive sign.

She added that now both countries have a lot of work to implement the agreement and that the EU will be available at every step of the way, because implementation is not only important for both countries, but for Europe as well.

Borisov and Zaharieva cancel meetings with Ivanov

Sofia, 14 June, 2018 - 15:27 (META) 

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov refused to meet Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov in the scheduled meeting for tomorrow morning, the meeting was canceled by Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, explaining that the Bulgarian government does not want to be involved in internal political issues in Skopje, the Bulgarian agency “Focus News” reported.

“We do not want to interfere in the internal affairs of a neighboring state. Our position is principled and clear, as well as the position of the entire international community. The position of the President of the Republic of Macedonia is also clear. The Bulgarian government sees no sense in being used in internal political debates in Skopje. The key to the future development of our neighboring country is integration into the EU and NATO, and it must not be questioned”, Borisov said in a statement issued by Focus News by the Bulgarian government.

Germany believes that Macedonia deserves recognition from the entire EU

Berlin, 14 June, 2018 - 14:49 (META) 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass at a press conference with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov in Berlin said Germany supports the agreement reached between Macedonia and Greece, which he considers a solution achieved through a common understanding that will bring change among the citizens.

He said that the EU and NATO decisions will be a very important signal and stressed that what Macedonia has achieved in meeting the criteria and the reform process really impresses and deserves recognition from the entire EU.

“This solution is good, we will support the process for joining the country in the EU. We have been impressed by the reform process that has been going on in Macedonia in recent years. The country has been showing results and should receive recognition from the entire European Union. We suggest that you show determination. I hope that decisions which will be made in the future in relation to NATO and the EU will be an important signal for the people of your country and will go in the direction of the European perspective, we do not want some other forces to realize their plans in your region”, Mass said.