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Zaev: We dedicate the first 100 days to the people, the economy and friendship towards our neighbors

Today, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev gave a report on the work done in the first 100 days of the Government's formation - under the motto "Word is a word", (meaning keeping to ones word). Zaev underlined that the activities and measures of the Government, in the first one hundred days were aimed at five sectors: the return of the peoples’...

US State Department: Macedonia’s capacity fighting terrorism must be strengthened

Due to the military pressure of extremists from the ISIS, in 2016, Europe was targeted by massive terrorist threats, US State Department said in a report on terrorism, adding that threats continue to the present day. In the report on Macedonia it is stated that the Macedonian authorities estimate that ISIS members and supporters are still in the country. The...

EP’s report: Macedonia’s press-freedom ranking is at the bottom

Macedonia is at the bottom within the Western Balkans for respecting the freedom of the press, marked “The European Parliament’s Research Service” which published a report in May about the condition with the media freedom in the countries in the Balkans region, announced today the Association of the journalists of Macedonia (ZNM). “The trend of media freedom erosion is...

Helsinki Committee in its report on the rampage in Parliament, demands action from the prosecution

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia prepared a special report on the rampage and the brutal outbreak of violence in Parliament on April the 27th, which seeks to accurately inform the public about all criminal offenses committed, including attempted murder. At the same time, the Helsinki Committee with the report from the Interior Ministry and...

Garrett: Recent events in Parliament are counter-productive for the development of democracy

British Ambassador to Macedonia, Charles Garrett, today gave a bad review on the developments in Parliament, where for 12 days the constitutive session is being extended, with constant accusations, endless remarks and procedural remarks, the session is being delayed. What is happening here is undermining the credibility of Parliament, says Garrett. “Parliament is the core of democracy in Macedonia. Current...

World Bank predicts Macedonia will have the lowest economic increase in the region

The World Bank predicts that Macedonia will have an increase in its economic growth of 2.8%, which is the lowest in the region, according to the regular economic report for the Western Balkans. The increase, as stated in the report, is significantly slow due to the decrease in investments, which were affected by the political crisis. The increase was largely...

State Department: Macedonia is dominated by corruption and disrespect for the law

The most significant human rights problems stemmed from pervasive corruption and from the government’s failure to respect fully the rule of law, including continuing efforts to restrict media freedom, interference in the judiciary and impeding the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office charged with investigating and prosecuting crimes relating to and arising from illegally intercepted communications, as well as...

OSCE/ODIHR: The post election period was tense and full of harsh rhetoric

This afternoon, the OSCE / ODIHR mission released their final report on the parliamentary elections held on December the 11th in Macedonia, which states that it is necessary to continue working on improving the legal framework, and also to take legal measures regarding the threats made against the ambassadors. "Although the parties were generally able to campaign freely, it was...

“Amnesty International”: SPO continues to face pressure

The Special Public Prosecutor, who was appointed by Parliament in 2015 to investigate officials involved in the wiretapping scandal and crimes by political figures, continues to face pressure in carrying out her work, says the report by "Amnesty International" about the situation on human rights for 2016/2017. “In October (last year), the transitional Parliament rejected a proposal to extend the...

DPA will be having discussions tomorrow regarding the election results and the outstanding party congress

The Central committee of The Democratic Party of the Albanians (DPA) will have a meeting tomorrow at the hall in the municipality of Tetovo. The party hasn’t announced its agenda and the subjects that the party’s highest organ will be discussing. According to party sources, The Central Committee at tomorrow’s meeting is going to discuss and it will adopt...

SDSM’s “bombs” were removed by a user who also blocked the videos made by the Colorful revolution

The seventeen “bombs” that were erased from SDSM’s Youtube channel were removed after a report made by “OMD Network,” which is the user who has done the same so far (requesting to remove) “Nova TV’s” videos of the Colorful revolution and the student protests that were published on Youtube, writes “Nova TV.” Still, as it states after the argumentation...

Two children have passed away this week announces IPH

During this week there were two death cases "associated with the flu" announced today the Institute of Public Health of Republic of Macedonia, who presented a report about the condition of the flu during the period between 1st and 8th of January. According to the report, two children, ages 3 and 4 from Kichevo and Gostivar were hospitalized at the...

OSCE: The elections went well, but the state will have to strengthen its institutions

The Election Day happened went well and if there are complaints, the institutions and the state will have to deal with them, as was said by the OSCE’s special representative, Roberto Battelli, during the presentation of the preliminary results concerning the election process. In the joint statement issued by the international observers, it is stressed that the citizens have...

“Human Rights Watch”: In Macedonia, Government uses advertising to exert pressure on the media

Journalists from the Western Balkans face a hostile environment that impedes their ability to do critical reporting, according to a new report by the NGO "Human Rights Watch" for the Western Balkans. The report says more than a year after "Human Rights Watch" documented impediments to media freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Macedonia, governments in the region...

OSCE / ODIHR: There has been some isolated incidents and pressure on the public administration

The OSCE / ODIHR Mission to Skopje’s final report on the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 11 stated that regardless of official election campaign which began on November 21 and should end 24 hours before election day, most political parties had began to mobilize their electorate before this period, by organizing events and implementing campaigns from their headquarters. The report...

“Most”: The administration are being pressured to vote and attend party rallies

From October 15 to November 20, the civil association "Most", which monitors the pre-election period has noticed violations of the separation between state and party, pressure on the public sector, pressure to vote and the misuse of public resources. “During this period we noticed officials and public employees attending party events. There has been 43 cases in 26 municipalities. There...

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...

AJM: The European Commission is right to conclude that there is violence against journalists

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia agrees with the European Commission’s assessment that the freedom of the press in Macedonia this year has worsened. The representatives of the Association have said that the Commission’s Progress Report was right to conclude that in the majority of the Macedonian media there is a lack of political pluralism and that the national...

Zbogar: All politicians should ensure favorable conditions for credible elections

The positive side of the report is the recommendation for the opening of the EU talks remains, but under the condition that elections must be credible and that the Pržino Agreement must also be fully implemented, said the EU Ambassador to Skopje, Samuel Zbogar, when he presented the latest report by the European Commission (EC) on Macedonia’s progress. However,...

Key findings from EC: Crisis continues as the country suffers from a divisive political culture

In the key findings from the European Commission’s progress report on Macedonia, it notes that the country faces the continuation of the most severe political crisis since 2001. The report also noted that the country suffers from a divisive political culture and lacks the capacity for compromise. Here is a brief summary of the findings: Inter-ethnic situation: Fragile Civil Society: Plays an...