Zaev won’t comment Gruevski’s resignation but is demanding a strong opposition and a more responsible government

Skopje, 3 December, 2017 - 16:37 (META) 

I don’t want to indulge myself in commenting issues regarding our primary political opponent but I will state again that a strong opposition will make the government to be more responsible, more transparent and more committed to its citizens, replied Prime Minister Zoran Zaev when asked by a journalist to comment about VMRO-DPMNE party leader, Nikola Gruevski’s, announced resignation.

-Those are internal processes, that the members of VMRO-DPMNE along with the leadership and the managing structures will decide what it’s best for them – said Zaev today at the Government, where the International day for people with disabilities was marked.

In an interview given for Kurir portal, Gruevski announced that he will resign before the party’s bodies and which is expected to summon an extraordinary congress in order to elect a new party leader.

Dimovski: Our position on the “3-6-9” plan has changed due to political revanchism

Skopje, 3 December, 2017 - 14:56 (META) 

MP from VMRO-DPMNE, Ilija Dimovski, said that the party’s position in support of government reforms for the plan “3-6-9” has changed, TV “Alsat-M” reports.

Dimovski added that this recent change was affected by recent developments, ie the annulment of the immunity of the six MPs from VMRO-DPMNE.

“SDSM showed that there is no need for opposition in Parliament. From now on everything is possible. Our attitude has changed a lot, because of the political revanchism”,says Dimovski.

On December 1st, Parliament approved the request made by the Basic Court Skopje to revoke the immunity and to detain MPs Krsto Mukovski, Ljuben Arnaudov, Johan Tarculovski, Sašo Vasilevski, Ljupco Dimovski and Žaklina Peshevska, because of their participation in the violence that occurred on April 27th, this year Parliament.

Earlier, the opposition’s stance was that it would support the government’s reforms that would speed up the process of state integration into NATO and the European Union.

Gabriel: The opposition must not block the impressive start of the new government

Berlin, 6 September, 2017 - 20:05 (META) 

The Macedonian government has made an impressive start by setting among its priorities the issues with its neighbors, to the ambitious reformatory projects and their positive steps, said the Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel during today’s meeting with the Head of the Macedonian diplomacy, Nikola Dimitrov in Berlin, states the announcement issued by the German MFA.

Gabriel has stressed that”what is important is that the announced reforms are being implemented and the reformatory processes in Macedonia are getting intensified” and that only this way Macedonia can advance on its way towards the Euro-Atlantic integration.

-Also, I would like to send a plea to the current opposition not to block the new government’s good start and not to refuse to cooperate constructively with it since all of that will not be on the account of the country’s European perspective but the country’s citizens’ as well, who are hoping for a tangible advancement and the improvement of the quality of their lives – said Gabriel.

He has stressed that Germany is supporting Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic perspective, but that the reforms have to be implemented since there are no appeasements during the process of joining NATO and EU.

-Germany supports Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic perspective – including other countries from the Western Balkans. We do this politically, but also practically, by providing advice and actions. This spring I began an initiative for a new instigation within the framework of the Berlin process, that dates since 2014. I am pleased that during the summit for the Western Balkans, that occurred in Trieste this July, the first proposals were approved. Together with our partners in the European Union, we are working on to intensify our support. AT the same time, there will be no appeasements during the accession process. The reforms have to be implemented – said Gabriel.

As the press release states, he has congratulated Dimitrov and Prime Minister Zaev the first 100 days in office.

The Eurobond is for sale a second time

Skopje, 19 July, 2016 - 17:23 (META) 

After the postponement of the sale of the Eurobond worth 650 million euros, it has been put back on the world stock exchange for a second time, according to “Reuters“.

Five days ago, Macedonia delayed the issuance of the seven-year Eurobond after a member of the opposition, the SDSM party, wrote a letter to the banks guarantors questioning the legality of the procedure.

The letter stated that the country does not have an adequate legal mechanism for issuing a Eurobond, and it might be a violation of certain laws and regulations in Macedonia.

The opposition welcomed the delay but warned of the danger of “financial crime” or resale fo the Eurobond remains.

SDSM and the joint coalition will not participate in the elections on April 24

Skopje, 19 January, 2016 - 8:38 (META) 

Tonight, SDSM leader Zoran Zaev received unanimous support from the coalition partners of the joint opposition and will not participate in the elections on April 24.

“SDSM and its coalition partners are determined to conduct fair and democratic elections. The voters’ list must be renewed. We must provide professional media reporting. Only these kind of elections are in the interest of the citizens and Macedonia, and SDSM will only take part in these kind of elections. SDSM and its coalition partners find it unacceptable for elections to be held on April 24. The party and its coalition will not participate in elections organized on April 24”, said the SDSM.

In connection with the participation of Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the opposition in the Government, it has been concluded that this decision will be decided by the central bodies of the party of the united opposition. SDSM informed the public that once the central bodies of the party come to a decision on the opposition’s participation in the government, it will be announced to the public.

The Municipality of Ohrid have passed the budget into a tense atmosphere

Ohrid, 27 December, 2015 - 13:29 (META) 

Ohrid next year will be counting on a budget of 18 million euros. The municipal council has approved the development plan for 2016.
To the governing majority of VMRO-DPMNE, it is functional and a sustainable budget, and will leave space for budget opportunities that will not create a new debt, and will be able to cover the old debts.

“With this concept of the budget, with numerous activities and projects, Mayor Bakracheki and this administration are careful to find an adequate number of funds where the Municipality of Ohrid can cover old debts, which is very important”, explains the Secretary of the Municipality, Dimitar Spaseski.
SDSM, meanwhile, the new budget is completely undeveloped and would not bring anything new to Ohrid.

“VMRO-DPMNE and the Mayor Nikola Bakracheski have not developed a vision for Ohrid, and citizens have know that for a long time. The Advisory Group to SDSM with its coalition partners continually says that we are obliged even today to point out that the budget for 2016 will do nothing to bring change. Мајоr Bakracheski and VMRO-DPMNE without vision, will continue for next year, 2016”, says Jovan Stojanovski, Coordinator of the Group of SDSM.

Three parties have joined the opposition bloc

Скопје, 15 May, 2015 - 14:00 (META) 

Today, three other parties – New alternative of Gjorgji Orovchanec, United pensioners and citizens of Macedonia of Ilija Nikolovski and the Party of economic change 21 – joined the opposition alliance. All of them signed the Declaration of the citizens of Macedonia and will join the protest on Sunday. This was stated by Goran Milevski, president of LDP, after the meeting of the leaders of the opposition alliance.

Liberal Party of Macedonia also gave its full support of the protest, and president Ivon Velichkovski requested time for the party organs to decide whether it will join the opposition alliance.

Milevski called for the protests to be peaceful and dignified. When asked, he said that there are pressures to citizens and bus carriers, and that a climate that protests would be violent is fueled for citizens not to attend. Milevski said it will fail and reminded all that the protest would occur without party symbols, only under the colors of Macedonia.

Assembly to form an inquiry committee on wiretapping

Skopje, 13 May, 2015 - 13:03 (META) 

At the Assembly, the parties agreed a committee of inquiry to determine the aspects and the allegations related to the case of tapped conversations to be formed. According to the announcements, this committee would function when opposition MPs will return to the Assembly and it would be led by opposition MP, said Assembly Speaker Trajko Veljanoski.

“At today’s coordination meeting of the Assembly Speaker with the Vice-Presidents and coordinators of political groups, conclusion on the formation of a committee of inquiry to determine the aspects and the allegations related to the case of tapped conversations was adopted. Inquiry committee will be established at the moment when opposition MPs belonging to the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia and the other parties in the coalition would return to the Assembly, which is a key message from the international community. The inquiry committee will be chaired by an MP from the opposition,” reads the statement.

Hoyt Yee repeated the appeal case “Puch” to be clarified

Скопје, 30 April, 2015 - 13:25 (META) 

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee reiterated the appeal to the Macedonian authorities to deal with the wiretapping case, as well as the appeal to the opposition to return to the Assembly, reports “24 News”.

“We support Macedonia’s aspirations for membership in NATO and the EU. We appeal to the government to deal with the intercepted material in a way that demonstrates the commitment of the Euro-Atlantic principles. With the new government in Athens, we urge both sides to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute – Yee said at a session of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives.

Opposition widely prepares mass protests in Skopje in May

Скопје, 24 April, 2015 - 15:27 (META) 

SDSM started the preparations for the gathering, which, according to initial information, is to be held on 9th of May. Something can only be changed by negotiations with VMRO-DPMNE taking place in Brussels. Unofficially, the party said that if the gathering, depending on the event, is postponed, it will take place on 16th of May at the earliest.

However, according to SDSM spokesman Petre Shilegov, it is official that SDSM continuously spreads the truth about Macedonia throughout the cities.

“You will be duly informed when and whether a gathering in Skopje would be held,” is Shilegov’s answer to the question whether and when SDSM and the opposition would hold a mass protest in Skopje.

The other opposition parties, such as LDP, NSDP and LP, are also preparing for the mass protest.

– We are part of the opposition and, of course, we will take part in all the things that the opposition prepares. We firmly stand behind our opposition stance and want this government to resign as soon as possible – said Filip Janevik, spokesman of LDP.

Secretary General of the party said that membership of LDP is being mobilized for the all-national gathering that is to be held in Skopje in May.

– We contact all members and supporters of the party in all settlements – says Kukoski.

According to NSDP president Tito Petkovski, there is no doubt that we need to get out on the street.

– Municipal organizations and members are unanimous that the government does not respond to all crimes made public. The only way for it to go is by continued protests. We are currently determining the strategy, but the exact date has not yet been established – said Petkovski.

LP president Ivon Velichkovski also claims that are currently in contact with all the opposition parties on “understanding the situation and building position on the next steps.”

VMRO-NP informed that they have not received an invitation for protest from SDSM.

– So far we have not had any contact with SDSM. If we get an invitation, the potential participation is to be decided by the bodies of the party – said Ljupcho Balkovski, Secretary General of VMRO-NP.