Hahn: 2018 will be a decisive year for the Western Balkans, let’s shape the future together

Brussles, 31 December, 2017 - 17:21 (META) 

European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, at celebrations for New Years, thanked all partner countries of the European Union, including Macedonia, for the cooperation during 2017 and said that in the new year, 2018, will be decisive for the Western Balkans.

He tweeted the following on his Twitter account:


He went on to add:


Russian Embassy jokingly announces a ‘strong influence’ in Macedonia for the holidays

Skopje, 29 December, 2017 - 20:18 (META) 

The Russian Embassy in Macedonia “warned” the country that during the New Year holidays, they will be under increased “Russian influence”, jokingly alluding to the “Russian salad” as the traditional dish which is served at all tables for the New Year’s holidays.

“Attention! In the coming days, a significant increase in #Russianinfluence in the entire territory of Macedonia and beyond will be forecast. # RussianSalata “, wrote on Twitter the Russian Embassy in Macedonia.


In the comments under the original tweet, the Russian Embassy explains that Russian salad came to this region about a century ago, probably along with the first Russian settlers around 1920.

Gruevski’s New Year greeting wishes for political stability for the crisis to end

Skopje, 31 December, 2016 - 19:57 (META) 

We in Macedonia and the world went through a difficult and turbulent year, but despite the political crisis, it is good that we have preserved economic stability, says the president of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, in his New Year’s greeting to the public.

“All of us and the economy need political stability. That kind of political stability will ensure even more investments, create new jobs and increase the overall standard in 2017. Each of us, politicians from different political parties should learn a lesson from the messages that citizens sent to us during the last election and focus on doing the best we can for the country and all of its citizens”, said Gruevski.

After forming a government, said Gruevski, we should work on an economic plan, reforms in all areas, as well as achieving strategic priorities for the accession of Macedonia into NATO and the EU.

“External influences should be suppressed, their efforts are for something else, not our interests, our country or our people”, Gruevski said in his greeting.

The VMRO-DPMNE leader wished citizens good health, happiness and to achieve their set goals and plans.

Ohrid full with tourists for the New Year holidays

Ohrid, 31 December, 2016 - 12:53 (META) 

Hotels in Ohrid and most of the smaller private accommodation have been fully booked for the New Year holidays. Hotelkeepers are delighted and hope that the 10% reduction in the turnover from the few months of 2016, will litten the upcoming holiday weekend.

Traditionally, besides domestic tourists being the largest number of visitors in Ohrid and Struga, tourists are coming from neighboring countries, mainly Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania and fewer of Greece.

There are guests from Montenegro and Croatia, through individual arrangements, and also a number of New Year revelers from Great Britain, Poland and Israel.

The three-day arrangements, are based on bed & breakfast and costs from 100 to 160 euros, and the package includes a festive New Year’s dinner.