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Car ownership in North Macedonia rose to record high – 66.8% of households reported owning a car in 2021

Safeguarding the environment through the fight against climate change and air pollution in the cities throughout North Macedonia is something that exists only in theory. In reality, the data provided by the State Statistical Office - SSO show that unlike any period before, the number of Macedonian households owning a passenger vehicle last year has climbed to 66.8%. The analysis...

Only one concessionaire of micro hydro power plant at Shar Mountain National Park relinquishes, others want reimbursement

The concessionaires of 4 out of the 7 micro hydro power plants planned for the Shar Mountain National Park in North Macedonia have requested reimbursement of their invested assets as a condition to give up their concessions. Only one concessionaire of 2 micro hydro power plants has withdrawn entirely and is not requesting compensation. As part of the new...

Over 400,000 used vehicles imported in North Macedonia since 2009, still no ban of sub-EURO 5 ones

No decision has been made so far to amend the regulation on the imports of used cars in North Macedonia, that will ban the import of vehicles below the EURO 5 gas emissions standard. This is the reply that Meta.mk received from the Ministry of Economy and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia (RNM) regarding our question...

Waste selection slightly increased last year, but 82.7% of waste still ends up “mixed” in landfills

The waste selection remains an unsolvable problem for the households and the companies in the households and the companies in North Macedonia. In 2021, most of the communal waste that we have created, without any selection and depositing in separate containers, ended up in the landfills across the country as mixed waste. According to the data from the State...

Joint railway border crossing with Serbia will be built in Tabanovce, still no solution for the stored nearby arsenic

The police, customs, and phytosanitary border controls of passenger and freight trains between North Macedonia and Serbia will be performed at a joint railway border crossing which is planned to be built at the Tabanovce railway station. The facility which is yet to be built will house police officers, customs officers, inspectors and railway workers from both countries. Meta.mk and...

Cleanup of landfills and dumps in eastern North Macedonia has been constantly postponed for a year

From March last year, through April and September, to the new promise for the current spring. This is the series of promises that had been given in the past year about the start of the cleanup of the non-standard municipal landfills and dumps that are polluting the waters, the soil and the air in 18 municipalities in the North Macedonia's...

Skopje City Hall keeps its silence on idea for suburban rail transit in capital of North Macedonia

The 4-decade long idea of introducing suburban rail transit as an addition to the bus public transportation system in Skopje isn't welcomed with open arms by the current city authorities. The Skopje Region has 95 km of railroad track at its disposal which isn't sufficiently utilized at the moment, in a situation when the road infrastructure is overloaded. As...

Young people in North Macedonia use public transport because they have to, but dream of driving cars

The popularity of public transport in North Macedonia is in a constant decline, especially among young people. Most young people use public transport because they get free monthly passes and have no other options. Most of them would have chosen cars as their preferred option if they had the luxury to do so. The delays or sometimes the omission of...

Apart from decreasing parking fees from March, Skopje City Hall has no solution for parking space problem

The number of cars on the streets of the capital of North Macedonia is spiraling up and, consequently, so is the lack of parking spots. People from different parts of Skopje are complaining every day that they are cruising for 10 minutes before they can find a free parking spot, and this problem is most evident in the central...

Skopje City Hall fails to publish map with over 150 cleaned illegal dumps

The cleanup of all illegal dumps and landfills in 82 days and the revitalization of the areas and their transformation into clean green spaces was an election promise of Mayor Danela Arsovska for the very start of her mandate at the helm of Skopje. On the 31st of January 2021, in her report, Arsovska backtracked from her promise to...

Concessionaire terminates contract for arsenic exploitation at Lojane, North Macedonia

Turkish company Kaltun Madencilik A.Ş submitted a request to the Ministry of Economy of North Macedonia for unilateral termination of the concession agreement due to lack of economic interest for further execution of the concession to exploit the deposited arsenic, informed the Ministry of Economy. The Turkish concessionaire in 2014 signed an agreement with the Macedonian government for exploitation of...

North Macedonia with record mortality rate

The birth rate in North Macedonia has decreased and with lesser live births, the population is aging. The older population is predominant and, accordingly, the mortality rates in the country are on the rise. Still, in the last three years, we are seeing such high mortality rates that we have never been seen before. Those are the remarks told to...

PE Communal Hygiene selected only 0.32% of total waste collected in Skopje in 2021

In 2021, the community hygiene public enterprise (PE) of Skopje, the “Komunalna higiena - Skopje” (PE Communal Hygiene - Skopje) has managed to select and bale 538.8 tons of waste. The total quantity of collected waste last year was 166,678 tons. This means that the PE was able to select a modest 0.32% of the collected waste from the...

After 82 days in office, Mayor Danela Arsovska still hadn’t cleaned all illegal dumps throughout Skopje

The first 82 days since Mayor Danela Arsovska took over the helm of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, expired on Friday, the 28th of January, which prompted Meta.mk to check on site whether one of the most important promises that Arsovska gave in her election campaign was fulfilled: cleanup of the illegal dumps throughout Skopje. During her election campaign,...

Concessionaire keeps numb on cleanup of arsenic from Lojane, authorities announce inspection

After Meta.mk's article about the situation with the stockpiled arsenic and other toxic mineral raw materials in the tailing ponds of the former Lojane Mine and the deposits near the village of Tabanovce in relative vicinity, the Ministry of Economy of North Macedonia sent a request to competent inspectorates to conduct an inspection and to take measures if they...

Skopje City Hall still hasn’t introduced bicycle rental system as alternative transportation solution

In a situation when we see a new record of registered vehicles on the streets of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, and there is a continuous decrease of the number of passengers using the public transportation, the bicycle rental system which was implemented by the Public enterprise (PE) City Parking, now isn't functioning - for the 4th year...

Last year 11,000 cubic meters of waste collected from illegals dumps in Skopje, 3-4 reports for illegal dumping each day

"Komunalna higiena", the community hygiene public enterprise of the city of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, last year collected 11,000 cubic meters of waste from the illegal dumps and other sites. Also, in 2021 their Eco Patrol handed a total of 1,359 Informative-educational Reports to the people and the legal entities that were caught dumping waste illegaly. By average,...

New government of North Macedonia will have to ban imports of sub-EURO 5 vehicles

A year has passed since the North Macedonia Minister of Economy Kreshnik Bekteshi stated that the import of used cars in North Macedonia below the EURO 5 standard for gas emissions will be banned. He announced that the ban of cars older than 10 years will start in 2021, but toward the end of last year, the Ministry of...

Solar collectors could replace wood-burning stoves, help fight air pollution and could provide for cheaper electricity

The global energy crisis, which caused enormous rise of the prices of the electric and the heat energy, activated the red alarm for the citizens of North Macedonia. The questions about the amount of the electricity bills starting from the 1st of January 2022, accompanied by the speculations that there will be power rationing measures, drove the the citizens...

Three more tons of lindane found in OHIS, proper cleanup and destruction ordered

New quantities of lindane were found in one of the warehouses of the former chemical industry complex OHIS, at the outskirts of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, by an unannounced inspection by the State Environmental Inspectorate. Three tons of lindane packed in industrial paper sacks were found on wooden pallets in the warehouse now owned by Hemiski Inzhenering...