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Dimitrov surprised with Naumovski’s statements
His surprise about the statements of fYROMacedonias representative in the UN on the name dispute Vasko Naumovski expressed the foreign minister of the country Nicola Dimitrov who distanced himself from them saying that they were rather made for domestic consumptionDimitrov however noted that these Naumovski statements are a problem since they were heard and broadcast in GreeceIn an interview yesterday at a television station in Skopje Dimitrov also said efforts are being made to have a brief meeting between the prime ministers of Greece and fYROMacedoniaHe noted that his country has no luxury to miss this opportunity to find a solution to the name issue as he argued that resolving this hot problem will act as a catalyst for fYROMacedonia to come out of isolati...
US Ambassador to Tirana: Constitution and the law on prosecution are clear
The US ambassador to Tirana Donald Lu has reacted on the steps which are being followed for the implementation of the judiciary reformAccording to him the Constitution and the law on Prosecution are clear The US embassy backs the legal opinion that OPDAT and EURALIUS have offered to ParliamentLet us recall that a few days ago the Democratic Party and the Socialist Movement for Integration submitted to Parliament the proposals for constitutional amendments as according to the opposition the election of the Interim Prosecutor General goes against the ConstitutionPrior to the election of Arta Marku as prosecutor an opinion provided by the US based agency OPDAT and the EU based agency EURALIUS suggested the election of a new interim prosecutor general with a simple pa...
2018 will be a key moment for Albania’s integration, says President Ilir Meta
Albania finds itself in a crucial moment as far as its European integration is concerned We have legitimate reasons to expect the country to launch its accession talks with the European Union in the next 6 monthsThis was declared by the Albanian President Ilir Meta during a reception hosted with foreign ambassadors in TiranaAccording to him it is vital for Albania and the region to build an all inclusive agenda and to have encouraging deadlines for the process of EU accessionTherefore on the verge of the announcement of the new enlargement strategy we demand from our European partners the Commission member countries Parliament to consider the decision for the new calendar of EU enlargement of our region with the importance that it deserves he appealedAccor...
VMRO-DPMNE will continue its parliamentary boycott
VMRODPMNE will continue to boycott parliament although its MPs returned to the assembly yesterday to follow the speech delivered by NATOs UN Secretary General Jens StoltenbergThis party has issued a press release stating that it will not return to parliament unless the necessary conditions for a normal and democratic functioning of this institution are in placeVMRODPMNE says that the biggest problem in the country is the fact that the opposition is politically persecuted by the current ruling partyThis is a serious problem and doesnt contribute for things to move forward said the head of the partys parliamentary group Vlatko GorcevAccording to him VMRODPMNE will always act as a constructive player in the political environment in the country in order to deli...
Everyone’s quiet in Skopje about Nimetz’s proposals
On Monday the government in Skopje will deliberate the proposals and the conclusions of Thursdays negotiations regarding the name dispute held in New York However the proposals about the names that could be part of the compromise between Skopje and Athens are still unknownThe government is not offering any details saying that next week there will be fresh developments Deputy Prime Minister on European Affairs Bujar Osmani said that the government must gather to discuss the frameworkI cannot comment on the latest proposal but I can say that were very committed to solve this issue deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani saidFormer ambassador Nano Ruzin says that there are positive signals from the meeting in New York referring to the declaration made by intermediary Ma...
Controversy as Bulgaria empowers mayors to contract private security firms to guard entire towns
Controversy has surrounded the Bulgarian Parliaments approval of a new law that will enable mayors to conclude contracts with private security companies to take over the guarding of entire municipalities with critics saying that amounts to privatising police powersBulgarias National Assembly has approved the second and final reading of a law on private security firms that will enable security guards to carry firearms use physical force and hold people in custody pending the arrival of policeThe law introduces a new licence to be granted for guarding urban territories This will enable contracted security firms to provide protection against unlawful encroachments on property through surveillance control and mobile security patrols reactingThe law comes after many months of c...
Archbishopric: The government is responsible for national issues
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had dinner with the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos IIon Thursday evening in response to part of the clergys reactions onresolving the name issue with fYROMacedonia The two men discussed the matter about whichIeronymos tabled Churchs proposals in connection with the religious side of the issueaccording to the Archbishopric announcement The Greek premier informed him of the latest developments on the negotiationsAlexis Tsipras through his meeting with ArchbishopIeronymos closed an open front set up by a number of church memberswho react negatively to any kind ofuse of the term Macedonia in the name issue with fYROMacedonia and prepare rallies throughoutGreece The Archbishops announcement leaves no room for misinterpr...
A. Tsipras attends the meeting of the SYRIZA Central Committee
SYRIZAs Central Committee will be meetingfor two days and itsagenda includes the governmental policy the prerequisites for a clear exit from the memorandum as well as national issues such as the negotiations with fYROMacedonia on the name issueand regional developmentsThe meeting of the SYRIZA Central Committee will begin with a speech by thePresident of SYRIZA and Prime Minister of the country Alexis Tsipras a few days after the vote on the multibill with the prerequisites for the closing of the third evaluation and the Eurogroup on January 22The multipleopen issues on aninterparty level as well as the challenges faced by the government will topthe meeting while there is apositive atmosphere after the enlargement of the parliamentary group with the accession of in...
Stoltenberg: We’re concerned about the latest developments in the Balkan region
The UN Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has condemned the killing of the Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic in Kosovo and has said that NATO will continue to help with the stability in the countryMr Stoltenberg issued these messages during his visit to FYROMOf course there are several developments and aspects of the situation in the Balkan region which are cause for concern We continue to be an important military force in Kosovo with the presence of KFOR there The killing of Oliver Ivanovic has shown how the situation in Kosovo is not how we want it to be therefore NATO condemns the murder of the Serb politicianNATOs top official has demanded from the countrys authorities to continue their professional investigations to shed light upon this murderHe also cal...
Optimism in Athens and Brussels over imminent conclusion of latest review
The latest review of Greeces bailout program will top the Eurogroup meeting agenda on Monday 22 January Ahead of the meeting Greek government officials are confident the Eurozone finance ministers will sign off on the completion of the review bringing the country a step closer to exiting its bailout in August 2018The 22 January Eurogroup meeting is the first step in Athens road map to exit the bailout Banks stress tests scheduled for February are also seen as a critical point with the progress of foreclosures being highly significant in political and financial terms in this context Providing that these two hurdles are successfully overcome the Tsipras administration will then seek to determine medium term debt relief measuresOne of the key intentions of the government n...