18:00/17 May 2019
Skopje – President Stevo Pendarovski signed Friday the decrees for promulgation of four system laws that former president Gjorgje Ivanov previously refused to sign.
Skopje – The greatest challenges ahead of North Macedonia are reducing the informal sector; integrating local businesses in global value chains, and addressing unemployment, according to Freek Janmaat, the EU Delegation’s Head of Section for Economic Issues.
Skopje – The EBRD has appointed Andi Aranitasi new Head of North Macedonia. Based in the capital Skopje, he will succeed Anca Ioana Ionescu from 1 September.
Skopje – President Stevo Pendarovski met Friday with the ambassadors of Japan and Netherlands, Keiko Haneda and Willem Wouter Plomp respectively, who extended congratulations on the election to the post and expressed belief that relations between North Macedonia and their respective countries will enhance in the coming period.
Skopje – The inter-parliamentary group advocating for LGBTI rights was presented with an award on Friday in Parliament for their support for the National Network against Homophobia and Transphobia on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
Skopje – The National Bank is successfully achieving its key goals of maintaining price stability and enhancing the stability of the financial system, thus largely contributing to increasing foreign direct investments in North Macedonia, said Anita Angelovska-Bezhoska, the National Bank’s Governor, at the Economic and Financial Dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans and Turkey, held in Brussels on Friday.
Skopje – Students and professors at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies (FEIT) will test the new 5G technology in the new laboratory within the Institute of Telecommunications that opened on Friday.
Skopje – 1,000 high school graduates danced Friday the Quadrille at the Skopje city square, as part of the traditional event “Prom Parade”.
Skopje – A book launch for Macedonian poet and translator Paskal Gilevski’s Ten Hungarian Poets was held as part of Ilinden 2019, an annual literary event taking place for the 20th time in Ilinden Municipality’s cultural center.
Kiev – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced on Friday that he would resign immediately following the president-elect’s inauguration next week.
Helsinki – Deputy Foreign Minister Andrej Zhernovski is taking part at the 129th session of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, held May 16-17 in Helsinki, where EU foreign ministers are discussing current political challenges for European democracies and the organization.
Washington/Istanbul – A US decision to half its tariffs on steel imported from Turkey was a “positive” step, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said, but rejected an end to preferential trade treatment for her country as “contradictory”.
Washington – President Donald Trump on Friday delayed by six months a decision on whether the US will impose additional import tariffs on cars from the European Union and Japan.