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Buying Russian gas through a Bulgarian gas pipeline – so far the best solution for the tepid radiators in Skopje

So far, the Government of North Macedonia doesn't have any stable option for buying gas for the central heating system in the capital Skopje, apart from purchasing gas from the Russian state company Gazprom through the gas pipeline from Bulgaria to Kumanovo. But, seeing what happened at the end of the last heating season and taking into account the...

EU awards North Macedonia €225.6 million in grants for new projects

At the end of July 2022, the European Union granted the first projects for the implementation of the Economic and Investment plan for Western Balkan. North Macedonia applied for 4 investment projects and was granted financial support for them in the total amount of €225.6 million. The money is in the form of grants, i.e. financial support that will...

Another 6 defendants receive conditional sentences for the July incidents in front of the Parliament of NMacedonia

During yesterday's hearing at the Basic Criminal Court in Skopje, 6 more defendants accused for the incidents that happened in front of the Parliament of North Macedonia on the 5th of July, during the protests against the French proposal, received conditional sentences. They pleaded guilty and received court sentences for "participating in mob violence." "All of the 6 defendants, pleaded...

NMacedonia wants to join EU’s new Digital Europe program

The Government of North Macedonia in yesterday's session reviewed and adopted the Information on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to the Digital Europe (DIGITAL) program, prepared by the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Government's press service informs. "DIGITAL is a new European Union’s program aimed at bringing the digital technologies closer to the businesses, the citizens...

Hungary: Media freedom groups welcome EU court referral over Klubrádió frequency

"This decision by the EU's executive body to take Hungary to court over the alleged breach in EU telecoms rules regarding Klubrádió's frequency licence is a belated but important signal that the Commission is increasingly willing to use the tools available to it to defend independent media, freedom of expression and media pluralism where they are most threatened." This statement...

Eleven protesters were detained and 47 police officers injured in an anti-EU protest in Skopje

Eleven protesters were detained and 47 police officers were injured, 11 of which have severe injuries and two serious injuries, in yesterday's violent protests in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. The protest was organized by informal groups, but was supported by the main opposition parties from the Macedonian political block - VMRO-DPMNE and Levica. The participants oppose the European...

President of North Macedonia: If Bulgaria insists on disputing our identity, we should stop the EU accession negotiations

After the meeting with the members of the Security Council I said that after the French proposal is submitted to the Government , I expect to see in the Government's conclusions a statement that starting from the day we start and end the EU accession negotiations, if there are additional efforts from the Bulgarian authorities to impose questions...

People in North Macedonia aware about disinformation, but counteracting this evil requires great efforts

The main actors in the process of counteracting the effects of the disinformation should be the institutions that are tasked with the creation of media policies, but also the media outlets and the journalists. Still, a systematic approach, with participation of several other factors is essential, said researcher Gjorgji Mitrevski at "The Situations and Challenges Related to the Influence...

Metamorphosis Foundation conference: Disinformation can contribute to destabilization of North Macedonia

The disinformation is directed against our Euro-Atlantic orientation; in particular, since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, North Macedonia is target of disinformation whose aim is to incite anti-Western sentiments among the citizens of North Macedonia and to promulgate hazy alternatives for the EU and NATO. Due to its potential to undermine the strategic orientation, the disinformation...

Bujar Osmani: Our country is in coordination with NATO and EU countries to prevent Russian disinformation in North Macedonia

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, in an interview with Portalb.mk says that disinformation and propaganda are tools of war and that the Government treats them as such. He says that the state has difficulties in preventing the daily mass penetration of disinformation in the creation of public opinion. According to him, the fight against...

Significant decline in citizens’ perceptions of EU’s influence in North Macedonia

In 2021, 68% of the citizens supported the idea of North Macedonia becoming EU member-state, but the Macedonian citizens were not sufficiently informed about the trajectory and the time frame of the EU accession process itself. The perceived influence of EU in North Macedonia has dropped to the lowest ranking in the last several years - from 44.8% in 2019...

Analysts comment North Macedonia prime minister’s resignation: Political crisis imminent

The news of the resignation of the prime minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, both from the government and from the helm of his SDSM political party has been broadcasted by the most influential international news agencies and media around the world. Zaev yesterday evening, just a few hours after the runoff local elections in North Macedonia, which brought a...

Looking forward and looking back – Experience of regional CSOs co-operation and networking in the Western Balkans

Regional CSOs networking in the Balkans has become an increasingly challenging effort for the most of organizations engaged in regional initiatives fostering human rights, democracy, good governance, rule of law, reconciliation or socio economic development. One can note at least three reasons for this unenviable situation facing both formal and informal regional CSO networks since 2020 – Covid 19...

Umrežavanje organizacija civilnog društva za bolju lokalnu samoupravu

Regionalno umrežavanje organizacija civilnog društva na zapadnom Balkanu postaje je sve značajniji izazov za većinu organizacija angažovanih na regionalnim inicijativama na unapređenju poštovanja ljudskih prava, demokratije, dobrog upravljanja, vladavine prava, pomirenja ili društvenog ekonomskog razvoja. Mogu se navesti najmanje tri razloga za nezavidnu situaciju sa kojom se suočavaju kako formalne tako i neformalne regionalne OCD mreže od 2020. godine:...

Zaev from Slovenia: Steps undertaken by Radev on behalf of Bulgaria are an insult to Macedonian citizens

The Prime minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev yesterday, at the end of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Brdo, Slovenia, in a statement for the media said that it is obvious that only one member of the EU – Bulgaria – objects to the start of the negotiations for accession of North Macedonia to the European Union (EU). He...

EU is waiting, municipalities in North Macedonia have been deliberating for 7 months who will manage the regional landfill in Sveti Nikole

The construction of the first landfill in North Macedonia where the waste will be deposited and recycled in accordance with the European standards is long overdue. Even though the municipality of Sveti Nikole in February agreed to the establishment of the Public inter regional enterprise for waste management "EKO ISTOK- SEVEROISTOK," (Eco East-Northeast), the 18 municipalities in the Eastern...

North Macedonia’s Secretariat for European Affairs will digitalize the services

The Secretariat of European Affairs (SEP) of North Macedonia will digitalize the services it offers, so from now on, the registration of projects of foreign donors will be conductes online. The service was prepared as part of the "Digitalization of North Macedonia's Public Sector for Unhindered Functioning" project that was financed by the United Kingdom's Government with the support of...

Prime Minister of North Macedonia: We don’t need the EU at the cost of the Macedonian language and identity

We don't need the European Union at the cost of the Macedonian identity and language, since we shall be like dust lost to the wind even after we join the EU, said today Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev during his visit to Resen. He is hoping that a solution will be found for the dispute with Bulgaria in...

Slovenian non-paper on dissolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina published, does not envision breakup of North Macedonia

The Slovenian web site "Necenzurisano.si" published yesterday (15th of April 2021) the unofficial diplomatic document, i.e. non-paper, titled "Western Balkans - the Road Ahead", being the subject of speculations that the Slovenian Prime Minister has sent it to Brussels. The non-paper predicts dissolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and merging Republika Srpska with Serbia, as well as Kosovo merging with...

Government of North Macedonia adopts “Europe at Home” agenda on implementation of EU standards in the domestic legislation

Агенда Европа дома, фото: Влада
The "Agenda: Europe at Home" document that was adopted at yesterday's government session was prepared by the joint groups of the Republic of North Macedonia (RNM) and the EU. Those groups were formed on the basis of the Agreement for Stabilization and Association and the EC's recommendations. In the implementation of these European reforms, the RNM will also have...