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New government of North Macedonia elected, with 62 votes in favor

The Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia voted in the new government on Sunday night. The new cabinet is led by Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski. During the vote, a total of 108 MPs were in attendance, and 62 MPs voted in favor, while 46 MPs voted against. The parliamentary speaker Talat Xhaferi then congratulated the prime minister and the...

Openness Index: Government of North Macedonia first, Parliament third in Western Balkans

According to the latest Openness Index, which ranked four countries from the Western Balkans - North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. their governments and parliaments, the Government of North Macedonia was ranked first on the list, while the country's Parliament was ranked third. The evaluation of the state of good governance of the parliaments and the executive...

False bomb threat during Ursula von der Leyen’s visit to the government building in Skopje

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) of North Macedonia yesterday in a press release informed that one man was detained on suspicion of a bomb threat. The suspect allegedly said that he has placed a bomb in front of the government building that will be activated during the visit of the European Commission's President, Ursula von der Leyen. The threat was...

The curfew in North Macedonia from today will start at 11 pm, 2-week quarantine introduced for travelers arriving from Brasil and India

At the 68th session yesterday, the Government of North Macedonia adopted a decision for changes and additions to the current curfew. As of the 5th of May, Wednesday, instead of 9 pm, the curfew will start at 11 pm, and it will end at 5 pm the next day. "Accordingly, the catering facilities will be open for guests until 10...

Sanjay Pradhan: Building partnership between citizens and government is of particular significance during the COVID-pandemic

Sanjay Pradhan, the Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership - OGP, addressed yesterday the Government of North Macedonia's session. For the past 10 years, North Macedonia has been a part of this initiative and has implemented four Action Plans with the assistance of the civil sector. Pradhan explained that OGP's goal is to secure that the governments...

Survey in North Macedonia: 34% of the respondents won’t get vaccinated against COVID-19

Around 34% of all of the respondents in the survey carried out in North Macedonia by the Institute for Democracy "Societas Civilis" - Skopje have responded that they don't want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and 16 % haven't decided yet whether they want to be vaccinated or not. The remaining 50% have expressed their readiness to be vaccinated...

Macedonian Government demands insight into all criminal charges and corruption and money laundering reports from the past 2 years

In its 43rd session, the Government of North Macedonia analyzed and adopted the Information about the undertakend activities for the regular use of the System for collecting and processing statistical data about prevention and repression of corruption and money laundering, says the official press release. "The Government ordered the Interior Ministry, the Interior Ministry - Bureau of Public Security, the...

Government of North Macedonia gives €488 000 financial aid to 11 print media

Through the Program for the support of print media, the Government of North Macedonia has provided financial aid for some of the media outlets. "The financial aid has been approved to those print media outlets that have met all of the obligations towards the state and the employees for 2019. In accordance with the 2020 state budget, the print media...

Health Minister Filipche: Bulgaria will donate part of its anti-COVID-19 vaccines to North Macedonia

From each of its shipment of anti-COVID-19 vaccines purchased from its producers, the Republic of Bulgaria will donate part of these vaccines to Macedonia, informed the Health Ministry. "This was decided this morning during a government session in Sofia where the Health Minister Venko Filipche addressed the attendees. With this decision, the vaccines against COVID-19 will arrive in Macedonia at...

MISA and Metamorphosis Foundation promote an online platform for Open Government Partnership

The Ministry of Information Society and Administration (MISA) of North Macedonia, in cooperation with Metamorphosis Foundation, as part of the project for Civic participation, supported by USAID, has developed online platform i.e. web portal for Open Government Partnership. "The goal of the portal for Open Government Partnership (OGP) has the purpose of a platform for interaction and exchange of information...

Two Turkish companies in the competition for the public-private partnership on natural gas distribution system in North Macedonia

At its 24th session, the Government of North Macedonia adopted a decision about the first phase of the procedure for approving an agreement for public-private partnership for financing, projecting, building, managing, maintaining and development of the final-tier natural gas distribution system in the country. On basis of a report, the Government adopted a decision to select the candidates "Aksa Dogalgas...

The government of North Macedonia singles out 54 million MKD to reward the health workers

With the budget review, the Government of North Macedonia will single out 54 million MKD to reward the health workers that are treating the patients infected with COVID-19, informed the Health Ministry. "The funds will be given to employees at COVID centers in Skopje and the hospitals in the other cities across the country. These 54 million are part of...

Pupils in North Macedonia can have an extended stay at schools but without mixing of grades

The grades that will start with lectures with physical attendance i.e. pupils from the same grade will be able to have an extended stay at school without mixing the cgrade. This decision was adopted by the Government during yesterday's session. The Commission for Analysis of Submitted Requests by the School’s Founders for Organizing Classes with Physical Attendance, out of 225...

From 1st of October, the public administration in North Macedonia will work from 8:00 to 16:00

After three years of applying the flextime, from the 1st of October the public administration in North Macedonia will start working again with a fixed work schedule from 8:00 to 16:00. The Government in its press release yesterday announced that this decision will enter into force in two days and will be temporary, but didn't provide any explanation for this...

Bill on Prevention of and Protection against Discrimination envisages fines up to €10 000

The Government has sent to the Parliament of north Macedonia the new draft Law on Prevention of and Protection against Discrimination, which aims to improve the legal framework and adjust it to the EU's legislation and the international standards about protection from discrimination. The new law should cover all government bodies, the bodies of the local self-government, legal entities with...

Macedonian government proposes dramatic decrease of Court Fees

During its third session, the new Government of North Macedonia decided to propose the changes and the additions to the Law on Court Fees, which will decrease the court fees for physical persons by sevenfold. "The previous maximum court fee for physical persons was 48.000 MKD and with the proposed changes, the maximum tax fee is limited to 6.000 MKD....

The Chambers of Commerce Union asks new pool of measures from North Macedonia’s new Government

During today's official meeting with the Prime Minister of North Macedonia and his financial team, the Union of Chambers of Commerce of North Macedonia (UCC) pinpointed the priorities that should be realized during the first month of new government's mandate for crisis mitigation and economic recovery. During the meeting with Prime Minister Zaev, the UCC President, Danela Arsovska stressed that...

With 62 votes in favor, Parliament of North Macedonia elects new Government led by Zoran Zaev

With 62 votes for, the Parliament of North Macedonia last night elected the new government led by Zoran Zaev. The session was attended by 115 MPs out of whom 113 MPs cast their vote. 51 MPs voted against the new government's cabinet. In his address before the voting for the new executive power center, mandatary Zoran Zaev said that the...

Government and High-School representatives will work together on a teaching model

Today, the interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski; the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs, Mila Carovska; the Minister of Education, Arber Ademi; The Health Minister Venko Filipche; and the Deputy Minister of Education Elizabeta Naumovska have met with a delegation of the Union of High School Students, led by Union's President Blendi Hodai. "The model for a combined...

Pendarovski will give mandate for new government to Zaev, although unknown who SDSM will form coalition with

At noon tomorrow, Stevo Pendarovski, the president of North Macedonia, will hand the mandate to form a government to Zoran Zaev, who is representing the coalition "Mozheme" (We can!), which won most of the seats in the new Parliament, the Office of the President informs. As it clarifies, Zaev had already informed president Pendarovski about the negotiations with a number...