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22 October 2020

22 October 2020

Skopje – North Macedonia’s top priorities in the current period are the adoption of the negotiating framework and holding of the first intergovernmental conference with the country by the end of the year, under the German EU Presidency, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev during an online meeting with European Council President Charles Michel, also including Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani.

Skopje – Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov, and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani held an online meeting with European Parliament President David Sassoli, as part of Thursday’s series of online meetings with top EU officials.

Skopje – We expressed during meetings with top EU officials hopes to make North Macedonia’s readiness to start negotiations official by adopting the negotiating framework and scheduling the first intergovernmental conference by the end of the year, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told a press conference on Thursday.

Skopje – VMRO-DPMNE whip Nikola Micevski said Thursday that MPs from the party would attend next week’s session, which has the law on protection from communicable diseases on the agenda, but abstain from voting.

Skopje – The average monthly net wage paid per employee in August, compared to the same month in 2019, was up by 9.6 percent, said the State Statistical Office on Thursday.

Skopje – Believers and citizens in our country should perceive the current coronavirus situation with the highest degree of seriousness and consistently observe all measures in order to protect their own health but also that of loved ones, health workers and the society in general, reads the call of Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia, HH Stefan, Islamic Religious community acting head, Reis Ul Ulema Shakir Fetahu, Bishop of Skopje and Eparch of Strumica and Skopje, Monsignor Kiro Stojanov, Jewish Religious Community President Berta Romano Nikolikj and Superintendent of the United Methodist Church Marjan Dimov on Thursday.

Skopje – According to the World Bank’s latest Regular Economic Report (RER), the GDP growth in North Macedonia is projected at -0.4 percent in 2020, 3.6 percent in 2021 and 3.5 percent in 2022.

Skopje – Public Security Bureau director Sasho Tasevski met Thursday with Accreditation Institute director Slobodan Chokrevski, who presented the certificate for re-accreditation of the quality management system in accordance with international standard MKC EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018, implemented by the Forensic Department within the Ministry of Interior.

Skopje – Deputy PM for Economic Affairs Fatmir Bytyqi held Thursday an online meeting with EU Ambassador David Geer, discussing the country’s reforms in the EU integration process and all walks of life.

Skopje – Three nurses at the Skopje-based University Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics have tested positive for COVID-19 after being infected by family members, while the clinic director and one other doctor are in self-isolation due to contact with infected persons, clinic director Viktorija Jovanovska told MIA.

Skopje – Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday (Oct. 25), with the clock adjusting one hour backward, i.e. from 03:00h to 02:00h.

Skopje – EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, and Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, held a videoconference with ministers from the region as part of Thursday’s EU-Western Balkans ministerial on Justice and Home Affairs, organized by the German Presidency of the Council.

Skopje — The press should have the latitude and responsibility to fearlessly investigate and write on issues of public concern. Investigative reporters, especially, should follow journalistic and ethical standards to ensure their work is rigorous, authoritative, fact-driven, and can withstand scrutiny, according to EU Ambassador David Geer at Thursday’s EU Investigative Journalism Awards ceremony.

Brussels – EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, his office has said, after his meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stressed that the EU will continue to support North Macedonia and encouraged its government to continue implementing reforms, MIA reports from Brussels.

Brussels – Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director-General in the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission, has said that the EC is doing everything in its power to ensure the first intergovernmental conference between North Macedonia and the EU takes place by the end of the year, MIA reports from Brussels.

Brussels – European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi reaffirmed at Thursday’s EU-Western Balkans ministerial forum that the European Commission gives priority to relations with the region.

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