Instead of new elections, a new government should be formed, says Plomp, Staffansson and Jazbec

Skopje, 25 April, 2017 - 18:16 (META) 

The Ambassadors of Sweden, Netherlands and Slovenia, Mats Staffansson, Wouter Plomp, and Milan Jazbec, said today that Brussels doesn’t see the need of organizing new early parliamentary elections especially because the last elections were marked as fair and free, and the new elections would only deepen the political crisis in Macedonia.

“The elections that were organized in December were free and fair, as was confirmed by many international observers. Therefore there would be little use of new elections so fast after the elections in December. I think they would only deepen the crisis, that is lasting too long”,  said the Dutch Ambassador Plomp.

According to the Swedish Ambassador, “new elections in a situation like that would be held in a climate of extreme confrontation, which would definitely not be good for stability. The solution has to be found within the framework of the Constitution, I also think it is too early for a Pržino 3 and I haven’t heard anything about it. Regarding leadership meetings, I have no inside information, but in a situation of such a confrontational political climate as you have in Macedonia, dialogue between leaders, the opposition and the government is not a bad idea at all, but that is up to them”, said Ambassador Staffansson.

The Slovenian Ambassador Milan Jazbec said that instead of demanding for new elections, political leaders should focus on implementing the results from the recent elections and the formation of a new government.

“Focus on the substance, try to form a Government, according to the relations in the Parliament. I don’t see the need for new elections”,  said Ambassador Jazbec.

The ambassadors didn’t confirm the information published by the German weekly magazine “Spiegel” that the European Union plans to put Macedonia under sanctions i.e. to place a travel ban and a blockade of bank accounts of certain Macedonian politicians including a cut of the IPA funds. According to the Spiegel, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during the EPP conference in Malta, has warned the leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski that sanctions will follow if the blockade of democratic processes doesn’t stop.

In order for this decision to be made, a consensus of all 27 EU member countries is necessary.

Slovenian government official dismissed for not answering a journalist’s questions

Ljubljana, 22 February, 2017 - 18:23 (META) 

The Slovenian government dismissed the Head of the Sector for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Tilen Smolnikar a day after giving an embarrassing interview with young journalist Lea Majcen, where he showed he clearly has no clue about his job.

When Majcen tried to interview Smolnikar on February the 16th, after a press conference by the Ministry of Infrastructure in Brdo Castle near Kranj, he showed an obvious lack of knowledge about basic information related to his job. Majcen tried to ask him ten questions about government expenditures for renewable energy and windmills, and he was unable to answer any of them.

In an interview for Croatian TV “RTL”, Majcen later said that the media outlet she works for decided to broadcast the interview because it was clear that the government official lacked the basic knowledge about issues related to his job. According to her, Slovenian taxpayers used to provide Smolnikar with a salary of 2,600 euros.

Majcen is a junior TV journalist who started work at “Channel A” six months ago.

Southern border closed, Steering Committee will decide later on today what is to follow

Skopje, 9 March, 2016 - 11:58 (META) 

The Steering Committee have scheduled a meeting for 18:00 today, to deal with migrant crisis, at the meeting they will determine the countries new policy regarding the removal of refugees, after decisions were made at the summit in Brussels and after the confirmation of the new measures to close the borders to most asylum seekers, which yesterday was already introduced in Slovenia “Meta” has learnt.
Until the meeting, the previous decision of the committee remains, where Macedonia would allow as many migrants to cross the border, with the same number of migrants leaving Macedonia. So far, the number is zero.
Since yesterday, the southern border is totally closed for migrants from Greece waiting in Idomeni because, as the Ministry of Interior told “Meta”, in the last two to three days, Serbia has not let in any migrants in from Macedonia.

Macedonia, Austria, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia will meet tomorrow to discuss the migrant crisis

Skopje, 2 February, 2016 - 18:55 (META) 

The Directors of the Police Forces of Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia are coming to Macedonia tomorrow to meet with the Director of the Public Security Bureau, Goranco Savovski, where the main topic of discussion will be the current situation surrounding the migrant crisis.

As announced by the Ministry of Interior (MOI), the meeting will also be attended by the Secretary of the Interior, Anastasija Ilieska.

After the meeting tomorrow at 9:00 am, the Directors of Police will give a joint press statement.

The MOI would not disclose whether at the meeting they will be discuss or agree new measures and mechanisms on regulating the flow of migrants through the countries, or what is now known across Europe, as the ‘The Balkan Route’.

Sources of “Meta” unofficially say that the five countries are trying to work in coordination around the preparations undertaken by the European Union in the wake of the refugee wave which is expected this spring and which is predicted that there will be serious large numbers and and a complete different dimension.

Yesterday 887 migrants passed through the country, the closure of the border still remains unclear

Skopje, 22 January, 2016 - 16:23 (META) 

Yesterday the Ministry of Interior (MOI) issued certificates recognizing the right to asylum to a total of 887 migrants, unlike the previous day, when no certificates were issued due to the closure of the border.
According to citizenship, the majority of the migrants are from Afghanistan, more specifically 397, from Syria 358 and from Iraq 132 migrants.
From the beginning of this year until yesterday, according to the Interior Ministry, 36 804 migrants have passed through the country, who were released with a document for a 72-hour legal stay in the country.
The Interior Ministry yesterday announced that the country will only let migrants through who have documents from the Greek authorities and have listed their final destinations or countries in the European Union where they want to go and apply for asylum.
In recent days, controversy arose surrounding the reasons for the closure of the southern border for migrants in elevation 59. The Ministry of Interior said that on Wednesday the border was closed due to a malfunction on the railway system in Slovenia.

Slovenia denies: There is no defect on the railway and we did not ask Macedonia to close its border

Skopje, 21 January, 2016 - 19:40 (META) 

Slovenia today denied reports that they had requested Macedonia to close the southern border for entry of migrants due to a malfunction of the railway lines and pointed out that the railway transport in the country for the past few days has been working without disruption.

“The Republic of Slovenia did not request Macedonia to close its border with Greece. The indications that we have done so because of difficulties on the Slovenian railway network, are incorrect. Railway traffic in Slovenia takes place continuously,and has been working fine in the previous days. The railway will not, and did not have plans for disruption in the past days, which would make it impossible for the transport of trains and “Slovenian railways” has continued to provide uninterrupted transportation of trains with migrants, as agreed with the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Slovenia, ” reads the denial of the Slovenian Embassy in Skopje.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) yesterday stated to”Meta” that the closure of the border with Greece for migrants was because of a defect or malfunction of the railway infrastructure in Slovenia.
“We were informed from other countries from the Western Balkan route to reduce the number of migrants due to a malfunction of the railroad in Slovenia. We have received notification from Serbia and forwarded it to Greece”, Dejana Nedeljkovic said yesterday from the Department of Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior.

Due to the defect on the Slovenian railway, the neutral zone Idomeni has been closed

Skopje, 20 January, 2016 - 16:54 (META) 

A defect on the railway infrastructure in Slovenia is the reason for the closure of the neutral zone at the border crossing, Idomeni where the migrants cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, said the from the Ministry of Interior to “Meta”.

“We were informed from other countries on the Western Balkan route that there had been a reduce the number of migrants due to a malfunction on the railroad in Slovenia. We have received notification from Serbia and forwarded to Greece”, said Dejana Nedeljkovic from the Department of Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior.

Through the neutral zone refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria transit through Macedonia from Greece and continue their journey to Western Europe. The Greek daily “Kathimerini”reported that, according to police, there are already seven buses with 350 people. at a petrol station in an area where the buses gather who transport the refugees.

More than 4,000 refugees have entered Slovenia after Hungary closed its border

Ljubljana, 18 October, 2015 - 12:12 (META) 

Thousands of migrants in the past day and night, entered Slovenia at night between Friday and Saturday because Hungarian authorities closed their border with Croatia to stop the flow of refugees into their territory.

The Refugee agency of the United Nations (UNHCR), stated that from Croatia approximately 4,000 migrants entered Slovenia. Most of them intend to continue their way to Austria and to Germany.

Yesterday, Slovenian authorities decided to include the military to assist the police in handling the wave of refugees.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar said that Slovenia will continue to accept migrants until the borders of Austria and Germany remain open and continue to welcome refugees.