Skopje and Pristina concluded a memorandum of police cooperation in the field of terrorism. The memorandum has been signed Saturday by Macedonian and Albanian Interior Ministers, respectively, Oliver Spasovski and Fatmir Xhafaj, in Ohrid. The document foresees exchange of information of individuals and groups considered potential perpetrators of terrorist actions both in the two countries and in the whole region. Macedonia’s Interior Ministry expressed to consider the terrorism as a global threat as well as a risk for the countries in the Balkans. Thus, the memorandum envisages the terrorism from a preventive and repressive way. Spasovski stated Interior Ministries ‘are actively cooperating in protection and control of the border but also providing easy flow of people and goods’. From his part, Xhafaj noted that the agreement is on cooperation as for present than for future. Moreover, the two countries ‘should follow the excellent relations between as appropriate to two neighbors and our cooperation as ministries to follow those principles and thus contribute to greater security that can be a positive example for the region. The meeting concerned also the cooperation between Macedonia and Albania in the fields of drug trafficking, arms smuggling, exchange of information, experiences and positives practices, promotion of cooperation bilaterally and in the regional framework. In addition, Spasovski stated to support the initiative of the Albanian Police to establish a regional center for police cooperation of the Western Balkan countries.
In an interview with Greek newspaper Khatimerini, Matthew Nimetz, the special envoy for the name issue, stated that the Davos meeting between Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras is positive and of historic importance. He expressed optimism with regards to find a mutually acceptable solution, thanks to international community cooperation, and the coordination with the UN, US as well as UE. “It’s time that talks are intensified as regards the conditions for a final agreement while treating with caution the issues raised by the two premiers. I’m coming to Athens and Skopje for talks in order to accelerate the process. I believe now there’s a dynamic to find a solution”, declared Nimetz. As Khatimerini reports, Nimetz has proposed the wide use of the new name only once Macedonia integration process into the EU is concluded. Before that, the new name can be used on the international stage.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg starts a two-day visit to Skopje, and met for a working dinner with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Tomorrow Stoltenberg will have a series of relevant meetings among which: President Gjorge Ivanov, Prime Minister Zaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dimitrov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Sekerinska. On Monday, this last declared that NATO Secretary General’s visit to Macedonia means that the country has returned on Euro-Atlantic track.
Skopje is one of the destinations that in 2018 will be included in the list of cities with which Athens will be connected through Greece’s leading carrier Aegean Airlines. 11 new destinations will be introduced next year, company’s Executive Vice Chairman, Eftychios Vassilakis said speaking at a news conference on Tuesday. This past summer, entrepreneurs from Macedonia and Greece demanded the inauguration of a direct flight between Skopje and Athens so as to boost the business ties between the two neighboring countries. Greece is one of the top five trade partners of Macedonia with capital investments in the banking sector, the oil industry, trade and textile companies.
During the third meeting of the Joint Committee for application of the Agreement on Cooperation between the Government of Montenegro and Macedonia, which was held in Skopje, Minister of European Affairs Aleksandar Andrija Pejović and Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Macedonia for European Affairs Bujar Osmani assessed that the regional cooperation between the two countries is really succesful and it will be an example of preparation and implementation of important joint projects. They also agreeded that kind of cooperation will be useful for making European integration of their countries even faster. Minister Pejović said that reform activities in the area of rule of law area priority for Governement of Montenegro. Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani indicated that the EU membership added that European integration is a strategical and really important goal for Macedonia and he said that the state administration is really committed in fullfilment of conditions for full-fledged membership. He underlined as well how much the example of Montenegro was important for Macedonia, who is getting ready for taking the same path.