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Tuntev: Macedonia has already wasted one opportunity, it will not get another

The coordinator of SDSM’s parliamentary group, Tomislav Tuntev said that Macedonia is full of hope and there is sense of progress in the country. According to the EU report which confirms the commitment of the parliamentary majority and Parliament, while the opposition has contributed only with support given, regarding the adoption of law reforms. “We must not forsake the pace...

State Department reports on subordinate media, attacks on journalists, and public distrust

The Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2017 for Macedonia, prepared by the US State Department, itemizes numerous instances of threats and attacks to journalists, media subordinated to the politics and the economic interests, but also public distrust of the media. "The constitution provides for freedom of expression, including for members of the press, but government pressure on the...

Mogherini: You have returned on the path to the EU, celebrate and then get back to work

At a press conference today, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, said that Macedonia deservedly received a clear recommendation for the start of negotiations with the EU. “In ten months, we have made great progress in the European integration process. The reforms in many key areas, as well as the policies of friendship and good-neighborliness, are...

Mickoski told Hahn that there is corruption and inefficient institutions in Macedonia

The president of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski met with EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn today, at the party headquarters where they discussed the European Commission's report on the integration process of Macedonia towards the European Union and the situation in the country economically and politically. The party reports that Mickoski has indicated to Hahn that the...

Zaev: We have worked hard and deserve a crystal clear recommendation

The fact is, we have worked hard and Macedonia truly deserves a crystal clear recommendation from Brussels, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on the eve of the announcement of the report of the European Commission and the arrival of High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn in Skopje “The words in that recommendation...

Tomorrow Brussels will recommend starting negotiations with Macedonia

The European Commission is again recommending opening accession talks with Macedonia, and the country's progress report is among the more positive parts of this package from Brussels, which, as the report says, "clearly recognizes the political will for progress,"reports Radio Free Europe (RFE), whose correspondents from Brussels had an insight into the document which is to be released tomorrow in...

Osmani: 90 percent of the “3-6-9” plan has been implemented, Ivanov to sign the Law on Languages

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European affairs, Bujar Osmani, said that 90 percent of Government’s reform plan “3-6-9” was completed which helped Macedonia to return on the right, Euro-Atlantic path. The Deputy Prime Minister said that 95 percent of the measures would be implemented, but some of the reform laws, such as the law of courts, which require a...

Osmani, Mogherini meeting: We have delivered the reforms, we now expect a positive report

Today in Brussels, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini. Osmani’s cabinet informed that at the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister presented the progress regarding the implementation of plan "3-6-9", as well as progress...

Freedom House: Macedonia has a chance to get out of a captured state and problems with its neighbors

According to the writers’s report, the change of government in June created a chance for the country to make a turn after many years of being a captured state and to resolve disputes with its neighbors. On the scale from 1 to 7, where the number one is the best score and the number seven marks the lowest level of...

Osmani: I expect an unconditional recommendation from the EU Council to start negotiations

We expect the valorization of Macedonia's reform efforts to be noted in the upcoming report by the European Commission, where we expect a clear and unconditional recommendation from the EU Council to begin the negotiations. This was stated today by Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani, who is on a working visit to Brussels and is accompanied by...

Osmani: I expect the most positive report, a clear and unconditional recommendation from the EC for Macedonia

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani expects the most positive report for Macedonia from the European Commission, which will be followed by a clear and unconditional recommendation for the start of Macedonia's EU accession talks. He said at a government conference, that this will be the best confirmation that Macedonia is back on the European track. "Of course, this...

OSCE/ODIHR: The elections were democratic and we didn’t notice any act of violence

The second round of mayoral elections were competitive and respect for fundamental freedoms contributed towards conduct of democratic elections, the observers from the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) concluded in a preliminary statement released today. “The legal framework forms a sound basis for the conduct of democratic elections. While most provisions of the Electoral Code apply...

Gjorchev: OSCE/ODIHR is turning a blind eye for all irregularities

OSCE/ODIHR's report is unobjective and doesn't reflect the actual situation of the election process, including the election day, said today at a press conference, Vlatko Gjorchev of VMRO-DPMNE. -OSCE/ODIHR's report is more like turning a blind eye to all irregularities than revealing and precise naming all of the ones responsible for the obvious disruptions. At least, it is very irresponisble...

The SEC will discuss remarks made by OSCE/ODIHR that they were not transparent

The State Election Commission will review the OSCE / ODIHR report on the local elections which were held on Sunday, October 15th, at a session and will then give their own opinion.   Ljupka Guguchevska, spokeswoman for the SEC, told "Meta" that the SEC's practice is to review all remarks and reports submitted in the local elections, and then come out with their...

MTV responds to AAVMU: We report more on VMRO-DPMNE because there were reactions to the reports

The first channel of MTV reacted today to the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services’ (AAVMU) remarks, laid down in the report on monitoring media coverage for the period from 16 to 24 September 2017, that MTV1 haven’t complied with the provision for balance in reporting on the activities of the opposition political parties represented in the Parliament. On...

Macedonia’s credit rating is stable, affirms Standard and Poor’s

The American company for financial research and analysis, Standard and Poor's, has affirmed that Macedonia's credit rating is BB-, with a stable outlook, announced today the Ministry of Finance. The confirmation of the stable outlook, as stated in the press release, reflects the Standard and Poor's observations for the balance between the risks from Macedonia's rising public debt and...

Priebe: It is of vital importance that the criminal liability applies to all

It has been almost two years since SPO began its work and no one has actually been successfully convicted, creating a perception of impunity, says the report of Reinhard Priebe's expert group, that visited Macedonia in July. The report states that all important areas, such as the judiciary, security or media, require systemic reforms based on an inclusive, transparent and...

Priebe’s Report is realistic and we will use it to upgrade the “3-6-9” plan, says the Government

Priebe’s Report released today gives a realistic picture of the systemic and long-standing challenges that the Government inherited after getting in power in June 2017, finding a captive state, according to Government response to a new report by the European Commission's Expert Group, led by Reinhard Priebe. "It is exactly in the first 100 days of working, the new Government...

Priebe: The market is weak, the newspapers are in bad shape and the journalists’ situation is even worse

"Recommendations of the 2015 in the area of media have only to a limited extent been implemented. The media still faces many of the same challenges that have influenced the media landscape for several years now and the perception is still that the media outlets are politically affiliated or instruments of influential persons," said the chapter that referred to the media...

Societas Civilis and Konrad Adenauer will monitor the implementation of the “3-6-9” plan

In the reformatory process, all of those who are making political decisions, regardless of the reports that are coming from the EU, should be included, said the representative of the "Konrad Adenauer" foundation, Johannes Rey, at today's press conference dedicated to the start of the project for monitoring the implementation of the "3-6-9" plan. -The performance of one country...