4 December 2020
Skopje – North Macedonia’s candidature to chair the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2023 was unanimously endorsed by the 56 member states taking part in the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting hosted by Tirana, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani told a press conference on Friday.
Skopje – The reports in some media that the Netherlands supported Bulgaria in blocking the Negotiating Framework for the start of accession negotiations of North Macedonia with the EU are completely baseless and fake news, the Embassy of the Netherlands in North Macedonia said on Friday.
Skopje – The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies reports that Denmark supported Bulgaria’s veto for the start of the EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia, the Ministry has said.
Skopje – We have unequivocal support not only from the Netherlands, but all EU members. The issue with Bulgaria remains, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said Friday in response to a reporter’s question about reports in some media outlets that the Netherlands and Denmark were against the start of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia.
Skopje – North Macedonia has already procured 833,000 COVID-19 shots via the WHO’s COVAX initiative. The country will receive vaccines in line with the COVAX distribution plan. We’ve also sent requests to sign contracts with vaccine developers AstraZeneca and Pfizer and are awaiting their response. Our goal is to vaccinate 60-70% of the population, which experts say is enough to gain collective immunity, Health Minister Venko Filipche told a press briefing following a meeting with the coordination body for COVID-19 vaccination.
Skopje – The COVID-19 vaccine, which is expected to arrive early next year, will be voluntary and free for all citizens, Health Minister Venko Filipche said Friday.
Skopje – President Stevo Pendarovski took part on Friday in an online webinar, organized by North Macedonia’s Red Cross, ahead of the International Volunteer Day – December 5.
Skopje — Projects of great strategic importance for the country — including the Corridor VIII regional connection project; the Greece – North Macedonia gas pipeline; and investments in health care, environmental protection, and energy efficiency — were the main topics of Friday’s meeting between Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and European Investment Bank Vice-President Lilyana Pavlova.
Skopje — In the name of 300,000 senior citizens, the Federation of Associations of Retirees of Macedonia has called for seniors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 among the first in the country.
Skopje — The Fund for Innovations and Technology Development and the Startup Macedonia association signed a memorandum of cooperation to strengthen and mark the official start of their partnership, according to the FITR in an announcement on Friday.
Skopje – The unemployment rate in North Macedonia in the third quarter of 2020 was 16.5% i.e. 0.2% lower compared to the previous quarter when it stood at 16.7%, State Statistical Office data shows.
Skopje – The catering price index in November 2020 remained the same compared to the previous month, but there was a 0.1% increase in the index of Food, State Statistical Office data show.
Tetovo – No one has the right and no one is discussing at any moment about Macedonian language and identity. We can discuss all the other issues of interest, but not about the issues that are our identity and our language, Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski told reporters on Friday.
Paris/London – France warned on Friday it could veto an unappetizing post-Brexit trade deal between the European Union and Britain, as hopes dwindle of an imminent breakthrough in negotiations.
Dhaka — Bangladesh has relocated a first group of Rohingya refugees to an island in the Bay of Bengal, officials said on Friday, amid criticism from international rights groups.