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Zaev from Slovenia: Steps undertaken by Radev on behalf of Bulgaria are an insult to Macedonian citizens

The Prime minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev yesterday, at the end of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Brdo, Slovenia, in a statement for the media said that it is obvious that only one member of the EU – Bulgaria – objects to the start of the negotiations for accession of North Macedonia to the European Union (EU). He...

Zaev did not meet Orbán in Zagreb

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev took part in the Summit of Heads of Government from member states of the Central European Initiative in Zagreb. He assessed the event as a good opportunity for Macedonia to reiterate its expectations of support from friendly countries, for membership of our country in NATO and the start of negotiations with the EU. "We have requested the support...

Zaev meets with representatives of the Ohrid Group in London

On the fringe of the EU Western Balkans Summit, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev held meetings with representatives from the Ohrid Group and Friends and Supporters of Macedonia, led by Sir George Robertson. The Government’s Office say at the meetings, experienced diplomats and politicians, representatives of several international organizations emphasized the exceptional progress the Republic of Macedonia has made, as well...

Zaev meets with Stoltenberg the day after tomorrow

On Friday morning Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, he announced during a Ross-Roth seminar that was held in Parliament. After the meeting, a joint press conference is scheduled, which he expects to announce that Macedonia will receive an invitation for full membership in NATO at the summit. Zaev said he expected all NATO member...

May: The Agreement with Greece opens doors to EU and NATO for Macedonia

In a letter to Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, UK Prime Minister, Theresa May congratulated Macedonia on reaching an agreement with Greece, as well as the ratification agreement reached in Parliament, announced the Government. “Such a meaningful achievement would not have been possible without political courage, vision and leadership, as the two of you have shown. As we discussed before...

The invitation to Macedonia for NATO membership was listed on the agenda for the July summit

Today the North Atlantic Council adopted a unanimous political decision to list Macedonia's NATO invitation at the NATO summit in Brussels on 11 and 12 July, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told parliament today during his closing speech before ratification of the agreement with Greece on a solution regarding the name dispute. “I received this happy news a few minutes ago,...

Zaev – May: An acceptable option for the name is a complete solution

Theresa May, the first UK prime minister to visit Macedonia in almost two decades, said that Macedonia is an integral part of Europe and pledged support for Macedonia's integration into the European Union. May, who was greeted with full honours at the Government said in regards to the name dispute, that it was important that Macedonia had reached out to...

Hectic schedule for Zaev in Sofia, he will meet Tsipras, Macron, Merkel, Kurz and Rutte

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will take part in the European Union Western Balkans Summit which is to be held on 17th of May and hosted by Bulgaria, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Council. During the Summit, he is also expected to meet with Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras. "The Prime Minister will participate in a plenary...

Kotzias: There is not enough time for Macedonia to become a NATO member by June

At the next NATO summit in July, Macedonia will not become a member because the time period is too short, said Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in an interview with the Greek radio "247". According to Kotzias, the agreement has to be ratified in various ways, and it is already April. "They want to call a referendum. For a referendum in...

Freedom of Expression – Main topic at the Internet Freedom Summit

The state of freedom of expression in Eastern and Central Europe and Eurasia is the main topic of the first panel discussion at the second Regional Internet Freedom Summit, organized by the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). The panel discussion was attended by the OSCE Ambassador in Skopje - Nina Suomalainen, Robert Popovski - Minister without...

Zaev: We hope for a resolution to the name by July, after which we will become a NATO member

Macedonia hopes that a solution to the dispute with Greece regarding the constitutional name of the country will be settled in July, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in an interview with the Austrian radio station "ORF", reported "Reuters". "I believe we will be able to conclude the negotiations successfully by the NATO summit in July", said Zaev. The Prime Minister emphasized that Macedonia's...

Angjushev: We received a 70 million euro grant from the EU for the railroad to Bulgaria

From a total of 194 million euro grant for infrastructure in the Western Balkans, Macedonia received 70 million euros at the Summit in Trieste for the completion of the railway track from Beljakovce to Kriva Palanka, reported today Vice President for Economic Affairs, Kocho Angjushev. He added that this irrevocable funding is enough to cover 46% from the total...

The Western Balkans leaders endorsed an action plan for economic integration in Trieste

The six Western Balkans countries, among which is Macedonia, endorsed the Multi-annual Action Plan on a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans (MAP), at the summit in Trieste today, announced the Regional Council for Cooperation that is authorized to monitor the whole process. The MAP’s goal is to enable an unobstructed flow of goods, services, capital and highly skilled...

Zaev and a government delegation will be attending the summit on the Western Balkans in Trieste

Prime Minister Zaev will be leading a government delegation to the fourth EU Summit - Western Balkans, as part of the Berlin process that will officially start tomorrow. The summit, which is under the auspice of Italy, will welcome Prime Ministers and ministers from the six countries of the Western Balkans including the High EU Representative, Federica Mogherini, the...

Bildt is interested whether the EPP will react to the crisis in Macedonia

The former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, through his “Twitter” account asked whether the European People’s Party (EPP) will react to the political crisis in Macedonia, sharing an analysis of the political situation in the country. https://twitter.com/carlbildt/status/839748448295473153 Today in Brussels, the European People’s Party held a summit ahead of the European Council. Last year, at the EPP’s summit, which was...

The regional summit between Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria and Albania has been postponed until after the elections

The second regional summit of the foreign ministers of Greece, Macedonia, Albania and Bulgaria has been postponed because of the elections in Macedonia and due to the recent political turbulence in Sofia after the presidential elections. Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias, who initiated the regional meeting, announced that the four ministers agreed that instead of late November, the meeting should...

Poposki at Summit in Paris: EU has to strengthen financial assistance to the region

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nikola Poposki took part in the Third Summit for the Western Balkans which was held in Paris under the authority of the President of France, Francois Hollande, said the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the session, foreign ministers gathered to discuss issues such as migration, the fight against terrorism and radicalization, youth policies and...

Southern border closed, Steering Committee will decide later on today what is to follow

The Steering Committee have scheduled a meeting for 18:00 today, to deal with migrant crisis, at the meeting they will determine the countries new policy regarding the removal of refugees, after decisions were made at the summit in Brussels and after the confirmation of the new measures to close the borders to most asylum seekers, which yesterday was already...

More than 1,000 migrants stranded at Tabanovce, while all eyes are on the summit in Brussels

More than 1,000 migrants mostly from Syria and Iraq are currently stranded at Tabanovce, the Macedonia-Serbian border, because the Serbian authorities refuses to allow transit for the migrants and further along the Balkan route, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) told “Meta”. Meanwhile, at the Southern border, according to information from the Greek side, apparently additional restrictions have been applied to...

Refugee Torment: Two hours wait for food – doctor, toilets – How many days to get into Macedonia!?

In a desperate situation, without the basic living conditions, in thin tents on open ground 14,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq are spread across a field in Idomeni, waiting on European leaders, who are in Brussels deciding whether to "seal" the Balkan Route, and what to do with the thousands of refugees stranded in Idomeni. Even though the conditions...