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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...

Rama: External forces court the Western Balkans, but there will be no renunciation of the EU membership

It is frustrating to wait, but Western Balkan leaders need to reject proposals from foreign powers and maintain faith in EU membership, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama appealed in an interview with the Financial Times “Others can bring money, investment, maybe even caviar, but they will not be able to bring what you need to build a functioning free country,”...

EU requests bigger money contributions to the fight against the air pollution in North Macedonia

European Commission's latest report about North Macedonia and its reforms clearly stresses that North Macedonia should increase the assetsthat are allocated on national and local levels to decrease air pollution. "...limited implemention and ressources, weak inter-sectoral cooperation and coordination between central and local authorities limits the impact of measures to reduce air pollution. Air pollution in major cities remains a...

Let’s go to the sea! Southern winds blowing from Greece…

The weekend finally arrived when the majority of North Macedonia's citizens will be able to visit the nearest sea, and why not - have a swim in the Aegean. Greece opens its borders to avoid losing yet another tourist season. Of course, in accordance with all COVID-19 restrictions. As it usually happens, some have started celebrating too soon, so...

Zaev met with Várhelyi: Macedonian identity mustn’t be the ground for blocking North Macedonia’s EU integrations

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov, the Foreign Affairs Minister Bujar Osmani and the Head of the Mission of the Republic of North Macedonia to the EU, Agneza Rusi - Popovska, has met today in Brussels with the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, informed North...

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...

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...

European Council’s session about the start of Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations was postponed

The members of the European Council held a video conference and decided to postpone the European Council's meeting that was scheduled for 26th and 27th of March inform world media. The reason for postponement was the current situation with the coronavirus. At this Council's meeting, the decision for starting Macedonia's EU accession negotiations was supposed to be made....

European Commission confirms Macedonia should start the EU accession negotiations

The European Commission (EC) adopted the mini report about Macedonia and Albania that confirms Macedonia's confirmation for starting the accession negotiations with the EU. The Commission stresses that Macedonia has strengthened its efforts and has delivered tangible and sustainable results from key areas identified in the Council of EU's conclusions dated from June 2018. The EC greeted the passing...

Žbogar: We are expecting to see again a higher standard of organizing elections

During his recent visit to Probishtip, the EU Ambassador Samuel Žbogar said that the forthcoming period is of key importance for Macedonia including the report about the country's advancement, but also including the forthcoming elections. Žbogar said that the methodology of enlargement has been published and that is a step ahead. -This document is a process of discussion between...

European Commission adopts the new method and both Brussels and Skopje are happy with it

The European Commission has adopted the new methodology for the enlargement of the European Union towards the countries of the Western Balkans. For Macedonia and Albania, the new methodology will be obligatory while Serbia and Montenegro will decide for themselves according to which system they will continue the negotiations with the EU in the forthcoming period. At the press...

Macedonian Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Dimitrov meets with the German Minister of State Michael Roth: We shall continue with the joint efforts to move forward

We share the disappointment due to the impossibility for North Macedonia to take the deserved step ahead. We will continue our shared efforts to achieve this goal in the decisive period ahead of us. In parallel, focus must be paid to EU by conducting reforms at home, stated Michael Roth the Minister of State during today's meeting in Berlin...

European People’s Party adopts a resolution which demands a more expedient start of the EU accession negotiations with Macedonia

At the Congress in Zagreb, the European People's Party (EPP) adopted a resolution with which it demands from the EU Council and the EU member countries to pass a positive decision for starting the EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania as soon as possible. At the same time, at the congress, the former President of the...

Prime Minister Zaev, Ministers Dimitrov and Spasovski meet with EU Commissioner Avramopoulos: The Republic of North Macedonia will not call off the reforms

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the Vice Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, have met with the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs, and Citizenship and during the meeting, they stressed that the Government will not call off the reforms despite it wasn't granted a start of accession negotiations, inform the government...

Sassoli: The European Council didn’t say no, but it postponed its decision about the start of the negotiations

The President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli, after the meeting with the President of the Macedonian Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, said that the European Council didn't say no, but it postponed its decision for starting Macedonia's EU accession process. He stressed that it is not a historical mistake, but a historical delay, states the press release issued by...

Zaev has thrown the dice: The halt in the country’s euro integrations is jeopardizing the Prespa Agreement

In the interview for the Euronews service in Greek that was published yesterday, the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that the decision not to approve a starting date for the accession negotiations with North Macedonia is jeopardizing the Prespa Agreement. The articles about the internal use of the new name will be blocked and will not be implemented....

Germany will keep supporting Macedonia’s European perspective

For Germany, the start of the accession negotiations for Macedonia with the European Union is and will remain to be of essential issue of the security and stability in Europe. "With its decision on the 26th of September, the German Bundestag fulfilled its responsibility. Our position never changed and it has to serve further as an impulse for thinking...

it is still not known whether the EU will separate the integrations for Macedonia and Albania

In a text published on Sunday (06.10.2019) the Serbian website "Vesti Online" through the text titled as "EU is splitting Macedonia and Albania" has passed on false information for the public. By writing this sort of title one gets the impression that Macedonia's accession process for Macedonia and Albania into the EU has already been separated as if...

Zaev and Guterres: North Macedonia is a synonym for a victory of diplomacy and dialogue

On the margins of the 74th session of UN's General Assembly has met with the UN's General Secretary Antonio Guterres, informs the government's press service. The Macedonian Prime Minister has expressed great gratitude for the recognition of the importance of the Prespa Agreement in the UN Secretary's Annual Report. In the report, the Agreement with Greece was marked as...

Zaev and Dimitrov meet with Reeker and Palmer: The start of the accession negotiations with the EU is also of interest for the US

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov have met at the margins of the UN's General Assembly with the high representatives of the US Department of State, the Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker and the special representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, informs the government. At the meeting, Prime Minister Zaev stressed that...