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Talks underway with neighbouring countries and EU over opening borders

Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski announced Tuesday that a decision on reopening the borders should be expected in the coming period. This issue is being discussed with the neighbouring countries and the EU member states, he said during his visit to Shtip.

Shtip, 26 May 2020 (MIA) – Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski announced Tuesday that a decision on reopening the borders should be expected in the coming period. This issue is being discussed with the neighbouring countries and the EU member states, he said during his visit to Shtip.

“Talks are underway with the neighbouring countries and EU member states on opening of borders. We should expect a decision to open the borders, bilateral cooperation, reciprocity in the coming period,” Spasovski told reporters.

In regard to reopening of the catering facilities, Spasovski said that decisions for easing of measures will be made, however citizens must respect the protective measures.

“We will make decisions to ease the restrictive measures, however the citizens must strictly respect the protective measures. Therefore, on the one hand, we cannot ease the restrictive measures, and on the other hand, by neglecting the protective measures we increase the risk,” Spasovski said.

Regarding the state aid received by the companies, although some of the employees did not receive the minimum wage, Spasovski noted that the government has paid a minimum wage for each employee of a company that meets the requirements.

“I call on companies to contact the competent institutions, inspectorates to conduct inspections and controls to determine whether these measures were respected or not,” Spasovski said.

He said that the government has provided financial support to companies to save jobs and these measures include payment of the minimum wage for April to over 110,000 employees.

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