The MOC has requested that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church be their mother-church

Skopje, 19 November, 2017 - 15:17 (META) 

The Holy Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric, sent a letter to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church requesting that they be their mother church if they recognize the autonomy of the MOC-OA, reported Bulgarian National Television (BNT) on their show “Religion and Society“.

The letter was sent on November 9th to the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Church after a regular session of the MOC-OA in Skopje, where it was unanimously decided to refer certain proposals and requests to the sister church.

The Synod from Skopje asks the BOC to establish “Eucharistic unity with the renewed Ohrid Archbishopric in the face of the Macedonian Orthodox Church”.

With the eventual signing between the two churches, it’s required to establish unity between the two bishops, which will be the basis for “Eucharistic unity and the bishops of the other local Orthodox churches”.

Six VMRO-DPMNE MPs have sent letters to Prime Minister Zaev requesting insight into the agreement with Bulgaria

Skopje, 11 July, 2017 - 16:14 (META) 

MPs Ilija Dimovski, Nikola Poposki, Trajko Veljanoski, Antonio Miloshoski, Emil Dimitriev and Vlatko Gjorchev, addressed a letter, to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, and are demanding that the Agreement for good neighborly relations with Bulgaria be transparent and be analyzed by MPs from the opposition .

The coordinator of one of the ten VMRO-DPMNE’s MP groups, Ilija Dimovski, said that they have done this because the Bulgarian media have passed on information that the content of the Agreement has already been sent to the Bulgarian Parliament for analysis.

“Because we appreciate that this document should be sent to our Parliament in order to avoid all doubts and in order to relieve the concerns of the citizens that has amounted in recent days. They promised to work transparently but so far there has been is none of that. Once again we call upon Prime Minister Zaev to fulfill that in the spirit of transparency. As the opposition, we shall be constructive but we will not accept agreements that will damage our national interests”, said Dimovski who now thinks that the Agreement should be presented behind closed doors or at an open session at the Commission for Foreign Affairs.

Ivanov received Xhaferi’s letter, and will act according to the Constitution

Skopje, 4 May, 2017 - 20:42 (META) 

The President of the country, Gjorge Ivanov received the letter from the Parliamentary services which newly elected Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi sent, informing the Head of State that the parliamentary majority has been constituted, confirmed Ivanov’s cabinet for “Radio Free Europe”.

“The Office of the President confirmed that the letter was received from the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia. The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, will act according to the Constitution and the standard practice”, stated the Office of the Head of the State.

The Parliamentary services earlier announced that the Parliament Speaker, Talat Xhaferi, today sent a letter informing President Gjorge Ivanov that a parliamentary majority has been formed and a Parliament Speaker has been elected in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia.

“The Parliament Speaker of the Republic of Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi, expects that President gjorge Ivanov, will act according to the Constitution”, noted the statement from the Parliamentary services.

After meeting with Panchevski and judges, Karadzovski concludes problems in the court are not so big

Skopje, 28 November, 2016 - 17:59 (META) 

Nine out of the thirteen judges who submitted a complaint to the Basic Court Skopje 1 against the President of the Criminal Court Vladimir Panchevski, today responded to an invitation and appeared at the Judicial Council and met with members and the President of the Council, Zoran Karadzovski.

Karadzovski stated after, that the meeting passed with constructive dialogue, where they discussed the complaint the judges filed against Panchevski, as well as problems in the court. The President of the Judicial Council concluded that the problems were not as big as they had been presented in public.

Responding to a journalist’s question, Karadzovski said he had met with the President of the Criminal Court earlier that day, and if necessary they would organize a joint meeting between the judges and Panchevski.

Government delays the issuance of the euro bond

Skopje, 14 July, 2016 - 21:43 (META) 

Macedonia has postponed its seven-year euro bond after an opposition party member questioned the legality of the issuance through a letter, reports “Reuters”.

In the letter, it is asserted that the Republic may not have the proper legal authority to issue the notes, and if they are issued, laws will be broken here in Macedonia.

The opposition, the SDSM in a statement to the public, they warned that the decision for the new euro bond is illegal and after the vote of the re-balance of the budget, because the sum is 650 million euros, the number goes well over the limit for foreign borrowing, even with a new proposal for the budget, this may not be able to happen.

“To the new minister, Minovski, all government members and potential creditors, we want to warn you that the amendments that were made to the Law on Government (Official Gazette No. 196/15) were done so by force, and also done in accordance with the Pržino Agreement. This means that this euro bond, the Government is so desperate to get begore they fall from power, has to have the same procedure for the issuance of the previous euro bond from last year. Then, it would be illegal, and the bond will no longer be treated as public debt of the Republic of Macedonia”, said the statement by the SDSM.

The interim Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev stressed that the purpose of the issuance of the euro bond is to ensure the liquidity of the economic state and the timely payment of wages, pensions, and other social transfers.

“The Eurobond is not something that only takes place in this country or it is the first time. It is a normal mechanism in a situation when a country needs money for its economic liquidity. We have attempted to attain a euro bond before but were blocked because at the time we were in a situation where there was a mixed government”, said Dimitriev.

Otherwise, today, “Reuters” reported that Macedonia had offered the euro bond to the world stock exchange, and the interest would be at 5%.

The Eurobond has a seven-year benchmark, and the major banks who will be the lead managers are, “Citigroup”, “Deutsche Bank”,” Erste Group” and “Societe Generale”.

Johannes Hahn sends letter to all four political leaders: Sit down, and work it out

Skopje, 1 May, 2016 - 13:26 (META) 

The European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn sent a letter to the leaders of the four parties which are signatories to the Przhino Agreement Nikola Gruevski, Zoran Zaev, Ali Ahmeti and Menduh Thaci, reports Alsat-M.

According to diplomatic sources, the International Community is insisting on a new meeting after the failed meeting in Vienna.

“The parties have to reopen dialogue necessary to find a compromise to a solution. To implement all reforms to cleanse the voters’ list along with reforms in the media. The elections are expected to be comprehensive … ”  was the content of the letter sent from Brussels by EU Ambassador to Macedonia Aivo Orav.

The political parties, for television had no comment on the contents of the letter where the Commissioner requested a softening of attitudes and compromise to get out of the political crisis.

They have not denied that they received such a letter, however they say that it was addressed to those subjects who withdrew from the political agreement, which they blame each other for.

Bailey and Orav submitted a letter of criteria for fair elections conducted by Dimitriev

Skopje, 29 January, 2016 - 19:04 (META) 

The Ambassadors of the US and the EU in Macedonia, Jess Bailey and Aivo Orav submitted a letter to Interim Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev, with their criteria s, which must be met for the elections to be fair and democratic.

The first criterion is that the State Election Commission (SEC) by February 19 is to be fully staffed and funded. Regarding the voters’ registry it must have completed an initial cross check of all relevant databases.

The SEC, it said in the letter must have a credible program in place with sufficient time and resources to investigate and adjudicating the anomalies found during the cross checks. A clear legal framework must be in place for the timely removal of names that do not belong on the voters’ list, and mechanisms established as appropriate for flagging names that cannot be removed but which require extra scrutiny. as well as appropriate mechanisms to be introduced to mark the names that can not be removed, and will require additional checks.

The second criterion is that political leaders must come to an agreement on reforms within the media in order to provide an objective and unbiased information and equal treatment for all political parties.

The Ambassador’s third criterion states that suitable measures must be taken to ensure sufficient separation between the State and political parties.

EU Ambassador Aivo Orav and US Ambassador Bailey, met with the Interim Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev, and called the meeting constructive.

After the meeting Orav noted that they had expressed their support for the conduct of credible elections and their commitment to provide technical and other assistance in order to create conditions for credible elections.

The EU Ambassador said that on February 20, before the dissolution of Parliament, the European Union and the United States will consult with local and international experts and will assess whether there are conditions for credible elections.

US Ambassador Bailey, said that at the meeting, as friends of Macedonia, everyone will contribute their views.

“In the end, however, it is up to the Parliament, the Government, and your political leaders to make decisions. They are responsible for putting their nation back onto the Euro-Atlantic path.
We also reiterated that we encourage all parties, citizens, and organizations to participate in elections. Such participation is the best way to strengthen democratic processes.
We also encourage party leaders to refrain from attacks on public officials whose job it is to create the conditions for credible elections; they have a difficult job to do. Such rhetoric is unhelpful and undermines faith that elections can take place under conditions conducive to their being broadly accepted as free and fair ”, said US Ambassador Bailey.

Tomorrow Gruevski will submit his resignation to the Parliament

Skopje, 14 January, 2016 - 20:22 (META) 

Tonight Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in a public address, announced that tomorrow morning he will submit his resignation to the President of Parliament Trajko Veljanoski.

“Tomorrow I will send a letter to the President of Parliament with my resignation as the president of the Government which will be activated 100 days before the election. This resignation represents the strength of our conviction and belief in democracy. Our goal is clean elections that will give no more room for excuses from anyone. We are convinced that what we do is for the good of the country”, said Gruevski.

Before announcing his resignation Gruevski said it was very important to end the crisis and that he and his party VMRO-DPMNE have fulfilled and respected the Przhino Agreement.

Gruevski did not mention when exactly early elections will be held. Under the Przhino Agreement, they are scheduled for April 24.

With the wording “the resignation of the President of the Government will be activated 100 days before elections,” Gruevski has indirectly left room to move elections to another date.


Aleksander Neshkovki wants Katica Janeva to solve the case of Martin’s murder

Skopje, 12 December, 2015 - 14:52 (META) 

The brother of murdered Martin Neshkoski, Alexander Neshkoski sent a letter to the Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva, urging her to “open criminal proceedings regarding the concealment of his brother’s murder and to determine the possible involvement of others who concealed facts in the investigation and judicial proceedings, other than those specified in the application. ”

“On the 05.06.2015, four years have passed since the brutal murder of my brother at the celebration party for VMRO-DPMNE. My mother and I have filed criminal charges to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Skopje against Dejan Mitrovski-Urko, Gordana Jankulovska, Saso Mijalkov, PM Nikola Gruevski for criminal acts such as abuse of official position and authority and for their involvement in the cover-up of the murder of Martin Nehskoski. The application is submitted based on conversations that were published in the “Bombs” number 29 on May the 5th, and we would like to point out that these offences are related to the contents of unauthorized interception of communications. Because of their activities and impact on the investigation and court proceedings, the court could not determine the responsibility of the Ministry of Interior and police officers who had officially hired the killer Igor Spasov to secure the meting of the party VMRO-DPMNE. Therefore, this criminal power have prevented my family from hearing the truth of the killing of my brother and we want the justice which he deserves, so my brother can finally rest in peace” said the letter by Aleksander Neshkoski.

He added that “what happened during the shooting of Martin was a real nightmare, and the pressure still has not stopped.”

“I am ready to testify as a witness to it and offer other witnesses who can verify my allegations. The persons we have reported abused all mechanisms of their power, which were available to the Ministry of Interior, and managed to create a lie that no one believes. In concealing facts, a large number of people were involved through tampering with the investigation, perjury, different pressures and attempts to bribe, and I’m sure that if the case is investigated properly, their involvement will be confirmed” concluded the letter from Neshkoski.

Ahmeti in his letter to Hahn: Repeat Macedonia’s recommendation

Skopje, 7 November, 2015 - 13:04 (META) 

“We, invite you to repeat the Commission’s recommendation to open negotiations for Macedonia’s membership into the EU and its shared friends from Washington and other EU Member States, to return the focus on the resolution of the name dispute and the opening of the Euro-Atlantic perspective for Macedonia”, it said on the letter from the DUI leader Ali Ahmeti, had sent the Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn.

“The Cooperation with the International Community and joint policy making always wore benefits for my country and our citizens, since achieving the Ohrid Framework Agreement, acquiring the status of candidate country for EU membership until the visa liberalization recommendation to open negotiations approximation with the EU and NATO. We promise to be engaged over the implementation of reforms expected establishment of stable and sustainable institutions and a democratic and responsible society, but at the same time we expect your commitment to overcoming the last obstacle standing between Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration”, it says in the letter to Mr Hahn.

In Ahmeti’s letter, he wants to point out that Hahn, Brussels and Washington have a partner in him and DUI for the country’s integration into the EU and NATO because, according to Ahmeti, it is a strategic and by definition, there is no alternative.