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Prime Minister Zaev visiting Kromberg and Schuber

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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Coordination with the Economic Departments, Kocho Angjushev, accompanied by the Mayor of the Municipality of Bitola, Natasha Petrovska and the MPs Aleksandar Kiracovski and Goran Milevski, were in the a visit to the company Kromberg and Schubert working in the industrial zone Zabeni. Within the framework of the working visit of the company, the Prime Minister, government representatives and MPs were in the tour of the production plants where they had an opportunity to get acquainted with the production processes and the way of operation of the factory. After the tour, Prime Minister Zaev and Deputy Prime Minister Angjushev held a working meeting with Uwe Schilig, technical director and Tanja Miliskovic, commercial director of the company Kromberg and Schubert.

At the meeting, information on the volume and performance of the international company was presented, which has been operating for several years in the Republic of Macedonia and employs over 6,000 workers from the Bitola region. From the presentation it was concluded that this company relates 1/3 of domestic suppliers from its total purchases. Such cooperation with domestic companies was welcomed and the company’s directors were encouraged to apply for the measures from the Economic Growth Plan that refer to support for increased cooperation with domestic companies.

Macedonian prime minister meets with EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Mogherini

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The President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, accompanied by Vice President and Minister of Defense, Radmila Sekerinska, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Viktor Dimovski , met Monday with the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and the Deputy EC President, Federica Mogherini, chaired by EU Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia, Samuel Zbogar. High Representative of the EU Mogherini said at the meeting that the main message that she conveys is congratulations to Prime Minister Zaev personally to the Government, the opposition, the Parliament and the citizens, for the received clear recommendation to start Macedonia’s EU membership talks.

This, as High Representative Mogherini said, is the result of a well-done job in overcoming the political crisis achieved in the reform process, constructive policies with all political actors and the opposition, good neighborly relations, and that all these processes should continue through implementation of the reforms and the further unification of all, around the national and strategic goals of the state. In a press release, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Mogherini announced the EU’s assessment that the Republic of Macedonia has been restored on the European Union’s path, unlike a year ago, that a great deal has gone by, that the pure recommendation is the result of the joint work and that the government and the opposition should retain the forces to work together in the next steps.

Macedonia tops list of energy reform implementation in the region

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Macedonia is highly ranked in terms of energy reforms implemented by the Government and the Ministry of Economy. In the Report on Sustainable Development of the Energy Community, dedicated to the countries of the Western Balkans, the Republic of Macedonia is ranked first in the region in terms of progress in the implementation of energy reforms. Macedonia has the highest ratings on the list of six Western Balkan countries, in the area of energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, transparency and investment conditions in the field of energy.

Thanks to the dynamics of the energy reforms, Macedonia this year ranks first, and in the Report for Sustainable Development of the European Energy Community for June 2017, it was ranked in the group of countries with significant stagnation in relation to sustainable energy reforms. By the end of March, the Macedonian government approved the new Energy Law, proposed by the Ministry of Economy, and the adoption of this law mainly has an economic impact, since it marks the end of the monopoly and the granting of the right to choose consumers, which means that small and medium enterprises, as well as households, will have the right to choose a supplier of electricity and natural gas.

Agreement reached between Zaev and Mickoski for a new SEC

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After voting in the Parliament for the confidence of the Government, the government and the opposition will implement the agreement reached between Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski for a new composition of the State Election Commission. It will be the first test for the reform package, which brings opposition MPs back to parliament, although the change in the election of SEC members was not on Reinhard Priebe’s list, but an independent decision by political leaders in the country. According to the information, it is a request by VMRO-DPMNE, which SDSM accepted only to satisfy the opposition and to force it to return the Parliament in order to pass the reform laws, which require a two-third majority.

Accordingly, amendments to the Electoral Code should now be adopted in order to change the SEC concept. The model that was agreed during the negotiations in Przino, when there were three members of the SEC from the expert circles and the largest ruling and opposition parties, will no longer be valid. In contrast, it will go to the SEC to function as an administrative body, headed by the Secretary General proposed by the opposition. The composition of the SEC, to be elected also in an announcement, will meet six months before the regular elections and will be in session until the end of the election cycle.

Macedonia: NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg visit to Skopje

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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.

Zoran Zaev: Macedonia gets Hungary’s support in Euro-Atlantic integration process

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Prime Minister Zoran Zaev met with Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban at the sidelines of the Summit of Heads of Government of Central and Eastern European Countries and China in Budapest on Tuesday. Zaev thanked Orban for Hungary’s support to Macedonia’s efforts on the EU and NATO path, the Government said in a press release. The PM presented Plan 3-6-9 and the country’s steps for improvement of the economy and attraction of foreign investments. PM Zaev also highlighted the need for cooperation with the opposition on all issues related to Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.According to him, economic cooperation is on the rise and Hungary would continue to stimulate its companies to invest in the Western Balkans. Furthermore, Orban said next year’s Bulgarian EU Presidency should be utilized for intensification of the Western Balkans’ EU integration process, reads the press release.

PM Zaev at CEEC-China summit : Macedonia strengthening partnership with China

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Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who is leading a Macedonian delegation at the 16+1 Summit in Budapest, kicked off Monday official activities as part of the key forum of heads of government Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) and China.Zaev addressed a plenary session at an economic, trade and financial forum of the 16+1 summit and presented Macedonia’s positions to the event’s participants, namely heads of government, the government press service said. Leaders need to be focused and should work hard to create opportunities for economic development and conditions to improve the standards of living of the citizens, Zaev said in his address adding that these issues had become extremely important in the era of globalization.The Macedonian government, he added, will continue to conduct activities that aim at significantly improving the business climate by introducing better institutional infrastructure to attract investments, thus contributing to an accelerated economic growth, development of the private sector and job creation.In the spirit of cooperation, Macedonia and China cooperate in many fields, most notably in healthcare and medicine. To that end, the government recently has given the green light for the opening of a center for traditional Chinese medicine in the city of Stip,” he said.

 

PM Zaev: Macedonia and Serbia united on side of peace

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The Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia will develop successful bilateral relations through which they can contribute to strengthening regional cooperation, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in the interview with Belgrade-based daily Politika during his first official visit to Serbia.Zaev told daily Politika that the political and security situation in Macedonia is stable. The political and security situation in Macedonia is stable, we have led the reform processes carefully, bearing in mind the civil and state interests and the current political leadership in the region that showed responsibility for a stable region, I am convinced that we are on the right track to our common strategic goals, Zaev said. He said that European values are needed for citizens in our countries, our perspectives are open and how fast we will reach the desired goal, it depends on us. Both Macedonia and Serbia need peace and stability in their countries as well as in the region and in the world, because only regional and world peace means a truly safe “home”. Political decisions are in fact ways to guarantee peace, but as long as we are together and on the side of peace – we have no problems, Zaev said.He is convinced that the commitment of the leadership of Serbia, the same as in Macedonia, is to resolve all issues peacefully, through dialogue, wisely and with a sense of responsibility.We owe it to the citizens anywhere they live in Macedonia, Serbia, Balkans or worldwide, Zaev said. Zaev agrees that the Macedonian and Serbian people are united with historical and cultural past, on the basis of which the future can be built.

Macedonia and Cuba pledge to strengthen economic relations

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Cuba supports Macedonia’s heightened activity as regards foreign policy and recommends that the economic cooperation between the two countries should be bolstered, Cuba’s Ambassador Pedro Pablo San Jorge told Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Monday in Skopje.Welcoming the initiative, PM Zaev voiced interest and preparedness to take part in more meetings in the future, thus continuing the practice of sharing ideas for cooperation and their implementation. Cuba, San Jorge said, wants to have friends amongst the EU member nations and as a result it supports the Euro-Atlantic integration bid of Macedonia.

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