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OSCE/ODIHR: National broadcasters’ reporting lacked profound and analytical coverage of the election campaign activities

The numerous debates and talk-shows were mainly used by the participants as platforms for mutual personal criticism, note OSCE/ODIHR's observers in their report regarding the monitoring of national broadcasters during the election process in North Macedonia. The preliminary report also states that the newscasts of all national broadcasters monitored by the ODIHR SEAM provided superficial coverage of the campaign activities,...

OSCE/ODIHR: The elections well managed despite pandemic, but legal instability remains a concern

The early parliamentary elections in North Macedonia were generally well run and candidates could campaign freely, but legal stability was undermined by significant revisions to the legal framework and subsequent government decrees, international observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said in a statement today. "This is a very challenging time to be holding elections,...

OSCE: Only 2% of women who experienced domestic violence reported it to police

Looking through the OSCE report, one detail really concerned me - only 2% of women surveyed who have experienced violence at the hands of their partners reported what they considered their most serious incident to the police. We must change this urgently. This was stated by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who together with Minister for Labour and Social Policy Mia...

New US Ambassador, Kate Byrnes about the disappointment with Ivanov and the occurrences on April 27th

The new US ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes who was proposed by President Donald Trump and whose appointment will have to be confirmed by the Senate is coming from Athens, where she works as the deputy ambassador, and as the US representative to OSCE in Vienna has already commented on  events and the situation in the country. In may last year,...

Manchevski: For cyber – security, the cooperation between the public and private sector is important

The Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski addressed today at the opening of the regional conference on the subject of "Cyber Security: Cooperation and exchange of information" organized by AEK and OSCE's office in Macedonia. "Cybersecurity is not only an IT subject. From this point, in order to guarantee the security, the cooperation is crucial....

Mancevski: The Government wants an independent MRT and professional regulatory bodies

The Government is committed to creating space for the media to inform the citizens impartially and objectively. Our goal is MRT to be a completely impartial and independent media outlet, and the regulatory bodies to be transparent, professional and competent. It is especially important the regulatory bodies and the national broadcaster to not have members of senior party officials,...

Selmani: The government wants to act like an editor in chief with the media

For the Association of the Journalists of Macedonia (AJM), the idea where the Government will be regulating the media content is absolutely unacceptable, stressed the President of AJN, Naser Selmani, during the meeting with OSCE's new General Secretary Thomas Greminger, who is visiting the country. "it is contrary to the best practices in the European democracies," said Selmani and he...

Zaev spoke with OSCE’s Ambassador about cooperation that will help in the implementation of the reforms

At today's meeting between Prime Minister Zoran Zaev with OSCE's Ambassador, Nina Suomalainen, there were talks about the possibility of OSCE's mission in Skopje to help with the reformatory processes in the judiciary, media, police, inter-ethnic relations and several other areas, announced the government. During the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed that the new government will define a short term...

Ahmeti: There is a possibility of starting upheavals in the country because of geopolitical reasons

The new reformatory government will be formed soon and the newly appointed president of the Parliament will be performing his share of the obligations in order to quicken this process, said DUI’s party leader Ali Ahmeti during the last night’s meeting with the special representative of the SCE’s president, Ambassador Christian Strohal and the OSCE’s Ambassador in Macedonia Nina...

USA: Those who committed organized or ordered acts of violence must be held accountable

The United States calls on the authorities of Macedonia to take steps to ensure the security of all members of Parliament, to investigate the attacks thoroughly, and to hold accountable those who committed organized or ordered acts of violence, said Kate Byrnes, the Representative of the US Mission to the OSCE at the Permanent Council in Vienna. “The United States...

Zaev’s reaction about the flag in Xhaferi’s cabinet: If a mistake has happened then it should be fixed

There is a possibility that by the end of this month a new government will be formed, in accordance with the deadlines, but it depends on Gjorge Ivanov’s decision as well as the technical preparedness of the Parliament, said SDSM’s party leader, Zoran Zaev after the meeting with OSCE’s representatives in “Holiday In.” He also said that he is...

EU, US, OSCE and NATO: We are seriously concerned that authorities failed to prevent the attack

The EU delegation in Skopje, the US Embassy, OSCE Mission and the NATO Liaison Office in a joint statement strongly condemned, as they say, the organized attack on Parliament. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the organised attack on the Parliament which took place on 27 April. We express serious concern that the authorities failed to prevent it and...

OSCE calls for the violence to stop, and the police to ensure safety

The chief of OSCE mission in Macedonia, Nina Suomalainen, through its Twitter profile has called upon for stopping the violence at the Parliament, and the police to secure the MPs' safety. "Tense situation Skopje. Violent acts should be ceased, police need to ensure the safety of parliament & MPs." wrote Suomalainen on its twitter profile. https://twitter.com/ninasuomalainen/status/857658079453818880

Byrnes: Government and parties should refrain from attacking civil society organizations

Today at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, the Head of the US Mission to the OSCE, Kate Byrnes repeated to Macedonian Foreign Minister, Nikola Poposki, that the US is concerned about the political situation in Macedonia and they are continuing to closely monitor developments. “The United States remains disappointed that President Ivanov declined to offer the opportunity to form...

Russia: Foreign interference into Macedonia must stop

Russia has called for foreign interference into Macedonia’s internal affairs to stop, said the Russia's Ambassador to the OSCE, Aleksandar Lukashevich. "It is necessary to stop external interference in the internal affairs of Macedonia and to respect the right of Macedonian citizens to independently decide their own destiny in accordance with the fundamental democratic principles. We call upon all political forces...

Zannier tweeted: The political crisis mustn’t spill into inter-ethnic tensions

The political leaders must rise above party interests and resolve the political crisis and make sure it doesn't spill into inter-ethnic tensions. That was the main message that OSCE General Secretary, Lamberto Zannier passed to President Gjorge Ivanov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Poposki. “This morning I met with the President and the Foreign Minister. My key message was...

Zannier: The political crisis threatens to take on an inter-ethnic and regional dimension

The progress achieved in 2016 will be put at risk without political stability and a protracted political crisis is damaging the country and hurting its people, determined Lamberto Zannier,General Secretary of OSCE, in a column published in the daily newspaper “Utrinski Vesnik.” “Two years of political crisis is not only slowing down reforms, but also threatening to take on an...

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier to meet with political and state leaders

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier arrived in Skopje last night due to the new crisis concerning the awarding of the mandate to form a new government. During the day, Zannier will meet with Macedonian Foreign Minister, Nikola Poposki, President Gjorge Ivanov, the leaders of parliamentary political parties and representatives of civil society organizations. Last week, after Ivanov decided not to give...

OSCE Secretary General Zannier is concerned, he will be arriving in Skopje next week

The Secretary General of the OSCE, Lamberto Zannier, expressed concerned today over President Gjorge Ivanov’s decision not to give the mandate to the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev. He took to his “Twitter” profile and wrote of his concerns about recent developments in Skopje.   Concerned about #Skopje developments. Rule of law must prevail. I’ll visit Skopje next week, meet officials, pol....

Kurz: Final decisions must be made by the parties, and we will not interfere

Macedonian political parties need to make the decisions that are made after elections, and from our side there will be no interference in the further course of events, said Austrian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the OSCE for 2017, Sebastian Kurz, who today is visiting the country. He noted that Austria’s interest in Macedonia will continue to be a strong...