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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...

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...

Western Balkans requests exemption from EU’s exporting restrictions for certain medical products

At the initiative of FM Dimitrov, the ministers of foreign affairs of Western Balkan countries today sent a request to the European Commissioner for Trade Hogan, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Várhelyi, and the EU High Representative and Vice President of the EC Borrell, requesting exemption of Western Balkan countries from the EU Regulation which...

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...

Macedonian Foreign Affairs’ Minister Dimitrov states that March is a test for EU’s geopolitical ambitions

In order to be able to continue with talks about this region's European perspectives, it is necessary to achieve a consensus for green lighting the start of the accession negotiations with North Macedonia without any delays, said the Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikola Dimitrov during his stay in Thessaloniki, informs the MFA. Upon invitation from Greece's Minister of Foreign Affairs,...

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...

Zaev: Now it’s up to Europe to deliver a starting date

We have shown that we are ready to make brave, historical decisions and to show political maturity and European manners, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev regarding the European Commission's report of the country's advancement towards EU accession in 2019. "Our time in the "waiting room" was used to prepare for accession negotiations. Today we are ready both politically and institutionally....

Pendarovski: Europe has shown that it knows how to value political courage

We received a clear recommendation to start accession negotiations without any additional conditions. The report is the best so far, said President Stevo Pendarovski, after receiving the European Commission's Report about the country's advancement for 2019. He said that the EU knows how to value political courage. It only remains for the country to fight against corruption. -Europe has shown that...

European Commission’s report is generally positive but with several remarks

The European Commission's report about Macedonia's advancement for 2019 is the most positive to date with positive words about the reforms, but there were comments about areas where more work is needed. Stressing that North Macedonia has continued to maintain a steady pace of implementation of EU reforms and the strengthening of democracy and the rule of law, it...

Fouere: Even if the negotiations don’t start in June, the reforms must continue

Erwan Fouere, the former EU Ambassador to Skopje, says he is disappointed by European Commission’s compromises with the countries opposing the enlargement and warns that negotiations with North Macedonia represent a test of EU’s credibility, MIA reports from Brussels. Fouere believes the statement by Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn over ‘the preparatory stage of negotiations’ is an unwelcome compromise with these...

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...

Vajgl: The “Jean Monnet” process is not a replacement or an extention of the Pržino Agreement

In the last week of January, next year, representatives of various political parties, MEPs, EU experts, together with EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn and representatives of French Parliament and the French government in Paris, will begin the process of mutual dialogue on important issues, which was called “Jean Monnet”, reported the European Parliament's rapporteur...

EC: New mayors will get a clear mandate, all leaders must act responsibly

Local elections in Macedonia give a clear mandate to the new mayors and members of the municipals councils on how citizens would like their local government to be shaped in their municipalities, said European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijančič today. According to her, the focus should now be on moving the EU reform agenda forward through an inclusive proces, in the...

Zaev: By July 1st, “Roadmap” will be ready and it will lead us to negotiations for EU membership

The Government is working on their action plan called “Roadmap”, which should be finalized by July 1st, and covers all the reforms in key areas such as the rule of law, professional state institutions, independent regulatory bodies and freedom of the press. This was stressed by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at a joint press conference with EU Commissioner for...

Kocijančić: A Parliament Speaker must be elected urgently and the uncertainty must end

Today, the European Commission again urged for the election results to be respected and President Gjorge Ivanov to reconsider his decision. “As the EU has said repeatedly, the results of the recent parliamentary elections must now be respected, the current uncertainty ended and a government must be established without further delay, based on the parliamentary majority that is there”, stated...

Macedonian diplomats are demanding an investigation into the obituaries of ambassadors

The Union of the Macedonian diplomatic service called on the Public Prosecutor's Office to investigate the case of the publishing of obituaries of former and current ambassadors in Macedonia on the “Imgur” internet page and to reveal the individuals who posted them there. Representatives of the union are asking the Public Prosecution to evaluate whether it is a “serious threat”...

The Government is Making Reform Implementation Misses Instead of Carrying Out Urgent Reforms

The government does not have any capacity to carry out reforms, and Macedonia is moving in the wrong direction because it has a predominant executive government that is influencing the judiciary and the Assembly – this was the conclusion of the debate on topic “Urgent Reform Implementation Misses,” organized by the Foundation Open Society Institute – Macedonia (FOSIM) and the...

Brussels has stopped funding for Corridor 8

The European Commission has decided not to finance Corridor 8 because of the problems and shortcomings in the transport sector in Macedonia, stated Maja Kocijanicic. “The transport connectivity project which the country submitted, for Corridor 8, will be considered as soon as outstanding issues in that sector, such as sector strategy and coordination, have been addressed and the conditions met....

Kocijancic: Meeting in Vienna is to save the Przhino Agreement

The aim of the leaders’ meeting in Vienna is not to draft a new agreement, nut to ensure that leaders will continue will the implementation of the existing Przhino Agreement said Maja Kocijancic. “The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways to resolve the crisis and ensure leaders will continue with the implementation of the Przhino Agreement and reform...

Brussels: Macedonian political parties must find a way to preserve the Przhino Agreement

Today's decision of President Gjorge Ivanov to stop trials of politicians puts into question Macedonia's commitment to promoting the rule of law, said the European Commission tonight. "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has committed itself to promoting the rule of law and fighting impunity. Against this background, today's decision by President Ivanov on the pardoning of a number of officials...