15 January 2021
Skopje – The European Economic Area is acceptable only if it serves as an addition, an interzone on our path to becoming full-fledged member of the European Union, President Stevo Pendarovski has said. Speaking to MIA, Pendarovski comments on a Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung article arguing that Western Balkan countries have slim chances to join the EU and that the old-new alternative that is being offered is a membership to the European Economic Area.
Skopje — President Stevo Pendarovski President Stevo Pendarovski condemned the burning of the Bulgarian flag at the Vevchani Carnival on Thursday.
Skopje — North Macedonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed condemnation at the setting of the Bulgarian flag on fire at the Vevchani Carnival on Thursday, pointing out the act has tarnished the country’s reputation.
Skopje – The Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office in Struga has opened a case following reports in media of a Bulgarian flag being set on fire at the Vevchani Carnival.
Vevchani – The Municipality of Vevchani strongly condemns the act of burning the flag of the Republic of Bulgaria at the Vevchani Carnival.
Skopje – A national gas pipeline belongs to all citizens and presents new opportunities for the country. Instead of depending on one gas source, which monopolized the market, we can also import gas from Azerbaijan, the U.S., etc. We’ve expressed interest in taking part in the construction of the Alexandroupolis gas pipeline, a geostrategic project supported by the U.S., Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in an interview with Kapital.
Skopje – Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski met on Friday with British Ambassador to North Macedonia Rachel Galloway and discussed successful cooperation in the fight against illegal migration at regional and international level.
Skopje – Newly elected members of the State Election Commission (SEC) took on Friday a solemn oath before Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi.
Skopje – North Macedonia reported Friday 403 new cases after 2,118 COVID-19 tests were performed in the past 24 hours. In the same time period, 339 patients recovered from the new virus, while 10 died, said the Health Ministry.
Skopje – The Ministry of Health said Friday that 14 confirmed coronavirus patients have been admitted in the COVID centers in Skopje due to virus complications over the past 24 hours.
Skopje – A total of 700 people are treated for coronavirus-related complications in COVID units in Skopje and across the country, the Ministry of Health said Friday.
Skopje – Trial against organizers of the April 27, 2017, Parliament storming will resume on January 28, 2021, after several witnesses proposed by defendant Spiro Ristovski’s defense testified at a hearing on Friday.
Skopje – Based on experience from the 2020 operational employment plan in terms of most attractive and favorable measures, we created the 2021 operational employment plan which amounts to over Mden 2 billion, Minister of Labor and Social Policy Jagoda Shahpaska said Friday.
Skopje – Director of the Free Zones Authority Jovan Despotovski told a press conference on Friday that total exports from free economic zones amounted EUR 2.6 billion while import was at EUR 2.2 billion up to December 2020.
Skopje — After carrying out a survey in libraries across the country, Phoenix Publishing House is rewarding the nation’s biggest readers—with books by Macedonian authors released under its imprint—at its traditional Festival of Tea and Reading. The book fair runs from Friday, Jan. 15 through Feb. 15.
Athens – In recent months, when aligning the negotiating framework and the start of EU accession talks have been discussed, Greece was committed to principled support and its position was clear that the Republic of North Macedonia should hold its first intergovernmental conference and that negotiating framework as proposed by the European Commission should be adopted. I think that is important and we expect that this support will continue now in this phase when we work on aligning the negotiating framework, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani told MIA.
Berlin – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are set to launch a party conference on Friday ahead of a key vote on Saturday, which could represent a first step towards selecting her successor.
Amsterdam – Documents related to coronavirus vaccines belonging to the European Medicines Agency were stolen, manipulated and then published online, the agency said on Friday.
Amsterdam — The Dutch government has resigned following a scandal involving child benefits, media and news agency ANP reported in The Hague on Friday.
Washington – President Donald Trump’s goal of reducing troop numbers in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 personnel members per country was met on Friday, just five days before the end of his term.