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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 digitize services

The Secretariat of European Affairs (SEP) of North Macedonia will digitize 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 "Digitization 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...

EEAS Conference: The EU must impose its role as a factor that is moving things forward

The EU, as a sovereign subject that has a strategic autonomy, has to impose its role as a factor that is moving things forward, both in the international relations and the solving of disputes. At the same time, the Union has to try to instigate the observance of its values in various parts of the world, such as human...

Disinformation wasn’t recognized on time as a threat to democracy

Certain civil society organizations in the Balkans, such as the Metamorphosis Foundation, almost a decade ago have started to analyze the effects of disinformation, spins, and propaganda, but these issues weren't recognized then as serious threats to democracy. The Government doesn't have an exclusive place in the fight with the spread of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and manipulations, but in...

Zaev: There is no Plan B when it comes to North Macedonia’s road towards the EU membership

I don't want to talk about Plan B. We have to succeed, said Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, when asked by a journalist whether the state has a Plan B if the EU accession negotiations fail to start in December. He said that the Government under his leadership never had a Plan B since in that case, they...

The European Commission reports on the North Macedonia’s progress in its 2020 Report, the civil society’s role acknowledged

In its 2020 Report about North Macedonia's progress towards its EU accession, the European Commission (EC) notes a continuation of the reforms that is evident through the efforts to strengthen democracy and the rule of law, including by activating existing checks and balances and through discussions and debates in key policy and legislative issues. "During the reporting period, the Parliament...

The CriThink grant recipients will present the results of the local projects through online events

In the period between the 28th of September and the 1st of October there will be a series of online public events for the presentation of local projects from the program "Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens - CriThink" in North Macedonia. These projects were supported by the EU via the Second cycle of small grants of CriThink in the...

EU: Building wire fence on border between Macedonia and Serbia not part of the agreement with Serbia

The European Union has rejected the claims that the building of a wire fence between Serbia and North Macedonia is part of an agreement with Serbia. As was announced by the EU Commission's spokeswoman, Ana Pisonero, Brussels is providing significant financial and technical aid to its Western Balkans partners in managing migration and for that purpose, it has allocated over...