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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...

Truthmeter.mk: Lots of courts and judges, but little Justice

With the systematization of the judicial network for judges in all levels of courts and for all types of courts, 636 judicial seats are provided, and 493 seats have been filled, but even with this number, we are leaders in Europe. With 34 courts, we are leaders in terms of the number of courts, but we can never get...

Truthmeter.mk: Thirty Children with Cerebral Palsy Live In Isolation in Ohrid, the State Is Silent

Children with cerebral palsy in Ohrid live in complete isolation. They do not have any day care centers. Parents complain that their children are discriminated against and excluded from society, Truthmeter.mk writes.   Author: Sonja Rilkovska   Children with cerebral palsy from Ohrid face total isolation. Excluded from the educational process and social life, fully disconnected, they are locked in their homes. There...

Liberalization of railway transportation in North Macedonia postponed until end of 2022

The adoption of the package of bills on the railways that should be regulating the market liberalization has been postponed to December 2022, informed for Meta.mk, the Government of North Macedonia. Also, concerning the potential restructuring of North Macedonia's Railways - Transport, as the biggest loss-making company, will have to wait for the restructuring analysis, that is currently underway. "At...

First shipment of Pfizer vaccines secured by EU expected in North Macedonia in May

The first doses of the Pfizer vaccines for the Western Balkans countries that were secured by the European Commission (EC) and Austria will arrive in North Macedonia and the other countries in May. The delivery of the remaining quantities will continue until August, EC announced today. The Commission confirmed the information that was published by Austria that by the end...

North Macedonia must adopt waste management laws urgently

To avoid last year's criticism from the European Commission (EC) in its Report for 2021 on North Macedonia's progress, the state authorities will have to accelerate the procedure of passing the waste management laws. The Minister of Environment and Physical Planning Naser Nuredini announced them a month ago, while the Government at its session on the 22nd of December...

North Macedonia produces enormous quantities of waste and has problems collecting it [infographic]

Year after year we are producing more and more communal waste, and almost one-third of the waste we produce loses its trail. According to the evaluations provided by the State Statistical Bureau, 915.943 tons of communal waste was produced last year in North Macedonia. The annual amount of generated communal waste in 2019 was 456 kilograms per person, which...

Still no regional landfills in North Macedonia, European Commission criticizes, Government seeks funds

North Macedonia was again criticized in the Report of the European Commission on the country's progress towards the EU, i.e. that the laws for waste management are still not adopted. Eight regional landfills are planned for North Macedonia, with the intent to overcome the problem with the municipality landfills that do not meet the environmental standards, as well as all...

EU is offering money for railroads, North Macedonia’s government opts for roads

The European Commission in its Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans concerning North Macedonia  stresses that it will finance building of new railroad infrastructure and reconstruction of the existing one. In the financial package in the amount of €9 billion that will be available for the Western Balkans countries through the IPA III funds, including additional grants...

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...

EU will give North Macedonia €160 million aid to help prevent economic fallout by COVID-19 pandemic

The European Commission decided to give North Macedonia €160 million from the macro-financial assistance (MFA) package to support country's economy which is hard hit by the coronavirus. The whole package, aimed for 10 countries, amounts to €3 billion and relates to strengthening fiscal governance and transparency, the fight against corruption, enhancing financial sector supervision, improving the business environment, and...

Dirk Jan Kop: The main focus at the moment should be put on organizing free and fair elections

In an interview with Portalb.mk, the ambassador of Netherlands in North Macedonia, Dirk Jan Kop claims that the new methodology should make it easier for those who are truly committed to the reform process and more difficult for those who are not. He also says that the decision of the Netherlands on opening accession negotiations will depend on the...

Žbogar: It is too early to surrender, get depressed or disappointed

EU Ambassador Samuel Žbogar, asked to comment on statements made by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that if Macedonia does not receive a date for negotiations, he might hand back the mandate and call elections, said that all is not over. "I do not have any new information, but I can say that it is not finished until everything is over. However,...

Žbogar: The country took the opportunity and implemented agenda for start of negotiations

The European Commission has recommended the start of negotiations with North Macedonia. I congratulate you on your efforts and dedication, but also the sacrifices you have made in the past period. This was stated by EU Ambassador Samuel Žbogar at today's press conference at the headquarters of the European Union Delegation in Skopje, on the occasion of the EU Progress...

Hahn: Even if negotiations start tomorrow, years will pass untill the full membership in EU

With many references to North Macedonia as a country that has made great progress, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, and European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini, at a press conference in Brussels, presented the reports for 2019 on the progress of many countries, including North Macedonia. The European Commission asked the European Council to immediately...

Zaev – Danielsson: We have taken bold steps to start EU membership negotiations

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today met with the Director-General for EU Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson, who together with EU Ambassador Samuel Žbogar participated at the meeting on the current status of the EU integration process of the country. The government stated that Zaev and Danielsson had a tête-à-tête meeting, after which a joint meeting was held with Deputy Prime Minister...

Possible meeting between Mogherini and Western Balkan prime minsters in December

The European Commission is considering the possibility of a meeting between high-level foreign policy official, Federica Mogherini, and the prime minsters of the Western Balkans, in the second half of December. The media in Serbia, citing sources in Brussels, report that the Western Balkan six include - Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia - and for now there is...

EC: Further explanations needed from Hungary on decision to grant asylum to Gruevski

The European Commission shares the opinion and position of EU Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations and Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn, that the decision to grant Nikola Gruevski asylum deserves further explanation from Hungarian authorities. "There is no escape from the rule of law," said EC spokesman Margaritis Shinas. He said the decision to grant asylum to Gruevski was a judge's decision and that...

Danielsson: The referendum will determine the future of your country

On September 30th, citizens will make a choice that will determine the future of your country and that choice will have consequences for future generations. I urge you to use your democratic right and vote in the upcoming referendum, said Christian Danielsson, director of the European Commission's Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Directorate, at the launch of the new...

Zaev – Hahn: Preparations for screening begin, the process must be inclusive

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, accompanied by Deputy Prime Ministers Radmila Šekerinska, Bujar Osmani and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, met with EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, this afternoon. The government reported that at the meeting they began preparations for the screening process (Screening of the acquis) regarding the current situation and the chapters that were of...