7 May 2021
Skopje – The European Union is not preparing to decouple North Macedonia and Albania, which expect the first intergovernmental conference and start of accession negotiations, European Commission senior officials told Politico and Wall Street Journal, Deusche Welle reports.
Brussels – European Commission spokesperson Ana Pisonero confirmed on Friday that Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi’s statement regarding decoupling Skopje and Tirana is a possible scenario, MIA reports from Brussels.
Brussels – A senior EU diplomat says that the position of the EU foreign policy chief is that negotiations should be opened with Albania and North Macedonia as soon as possible, MIA’s Brussels correspondent reported on Friday.
Skopje – German Ambassador to Skopje Anke Holstein said Friday that it is inconceivable for Germany, EU to give the green light to the opening accession negotiations only with Albania and not with North Macedonia.
Skopje – Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska paid Friday a visit to the NATO Defense College in Rome, speaking about North Macedonia’s experiences from its first year as NATO member.
Skopje — Although access to education has improved nationwide, the quality of education remains a challenge as evidenced by international test scores of Macedonian students, according to Massimiliano Paolucci, World Bank Country Manager for North Macedonia, who also noted the flawed education begins in elementary schools and persists throughout the higher grades.
Tallinn – Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov began his working visit to Estonia on Friday in Tallinn, meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Eva-Maria Liimets.
Tallinn – Estonia’s experience in the EU integration process and the transformation which ensured its EU accession can greatly benefit North Macedonia on its road to EU membership, Deputy PM of European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov said Friday in Tallinn, following a meeting with representatives of Estonia’s Parliament – Marko Mihkelson, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Siim Kallas, Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee.
Skopje – PM Zoran Zaev said Friday that he feels quite good, a day after receiving the coronavirus vaccine. He once again urged the people to get inoculated, because all vaccines are safe. According to the plan, October is the optimal month to immunize 70 percent of the citizens, he told reporters in Tetovo.
Skopje — Health Minister Venko Filipche received his first Covid-19 vaccine dose from the Chinese manufacturer Sinopharm at the Skopje mass vaccination site in the Boris Trajkovski Sports Arena. All vaccines are safe and side effects are rare, he said, encouraging citizens to apply for an appointment via vakcinacija.mk.
Skopje – Out of 2,907 COVID-19 tests carried out in North Macedonia in the past 24 hours, 234 new cases were registered, 786 patients recovered and 25 died, the Health Ministry said on Friday.
Skopje – The Skopje-based Criminal Court passed a prison sentence of two years and five months to another employee of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), defendant in the case ‘Dvojnik’ (Doppelganger) over unlawful issuance of passports to foreign nationals. The defendant admitted guilt during Friday’s hearing in the case.
Skopje – Starting May 14, Greece should reopen its borders for Macedonian nationals who present negative PCR test done within the previous 72 hours or COVID-19 vaccination certificate, Health Minister Venko Filipche said on Friday.
Tetovo – United States company “Lear Corporation” and “Normak Investment Group” laid Friday the cornerstone of a new joint investment worth EUR 15 million in the Tetovo technological-industrial development zone, set to create up to 1,500 new jobs.
Geneva – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday that China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine had been granted emergency use authorization.
Tokyo — On a recent windy evening, a civic group opposing the Tokyo Olympics staged a protest rally in front of a building that houses the Olympic organizing committee, raising placards that read “No Olympics.”
Amsterdam – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched a review of a drug to treat Covid-19 patients.
Berlin – German health authorities called for caution as the country moved on Friday to ease restrictions on residents who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or who have recovered after falling ill.