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President Ivanov says that Despite Brexit UK keeps on supporting Macedonia


Despite Brexit, the United Kingdom will continue to support Macedonia, it was conveyed to Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov in his meetings in London with the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, and the Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler.President Ivanov said the meetings mainly focused on Brexit, a burning issue in the UK, his cabinet said in a press release Wednesday. Overall bilateral relations between the countries dominated the meetings. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Republic of Macedonia and the United Kingdom.Meeting with the speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Macedonian President shared views about current developments in the region, including the migrant crisis and Macedonia’s role in addressing it.Later in the day, Ivanov will deliver an address on topic “Macedonia, Migration and Security: Lessons Learned” in the Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

FM Dimitrov : “Macedonia must get dynamic European perspective”


Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov launched Tuesday his Baltic tour with an official visit to Estonia, the current EU Presidency holder, meeting with counterpart Sven Mikser.Dimitrov briefed Mikser on the Government’s specific measures towards meeting the criteria for the start of EU accession talks and NATO membership. FM Mikser said Estonia was committed to the Union enlargement process and saluted the government’s reform efforts, reaffirming his country’s firm support to Macedonia’s EU and NATO accession, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said in a press release. Interlocutors also referred to the possibilities for more specific cooperation in meeting of EU membership criteria, with FM Mikser voicing Estonia’s readiness to share expertise in the fields of IT and digital administration. In the framework of the visit to Tallinn, FM Dimitrov met with members of the Estonian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, focusing on EU’s role in the enhancement of regional stability and prosperity, which can be seen in the Baltic case.


Systemic solution against abuse of security services


 A public debate on the Government’s reforms in the security system, including the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) and the Law on Interception of Electronic Communications, is to open in less than a month. The objective is to offer a solution that guarantees no abuses in the system, the Government said on Thursday. According to Government Spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski , the Government’s motion to halt the Constitutional Court procedure over assessment of the constitutionality of Article 175 of the Law on Electronic Communications aims at avoiding partial solutions until a specific systemic solution is available, one ensuring that abuses of the system would not occur.Therefore, the Government believes that the Law on Interception of Communications in general can be subject of assessment regarding its constitutionality, but not Article 175 as a separate provision. The Government is committed to the reforms in UBK and the Law on Interception of Electronic Communications, which are in the final stages.

FM Dimitrov attends meeting of OSCE permanent council


Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said in an address Thursday before the Permanent Representatives of OSCE members as part of a session Thursday of the OSCE Permanent Council that Macedonia is strongly determined to use the new chance it is given to finally affirm the country in the family of developed democratic societies Dimitrov presented the optimism prevailing in Macedonia’s society after the prolonged crisis saying the citizens had great expectations both from the new government and the international community as well involving a long-awaited fulfillment of the aspirations to join NATO and the EU, the Foreign Ministry (MoFA) said.The Macedonian Minister presented the reform agenda included in the government’s Plan 3-6-9 all the while referring to the areas covered by the reforms in separate fields, namely rule of law, electoral system, strong, professional institutions, development of sound control mechanisms, especially independent judiciary and freedom of the press.

Aegan Airlines to launch Athens-Skopje flight in 2018


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.

Sweden and Finland strongly support Macedonia’s EU accession


Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov expressed hope on Monday that Macedonia will get a clear recommendation for the start of EU accession talks in 2018, the year when the country marks the 25. anniversary from establishment of diplomatic ties with Sweden and Finland. FM Dimitrov held a joint press conference with Swedish and Finnish counterparts, Margot Wallstrom and Timo Soini respectively, who are paying a visit to Macedonia. FMs Wallstrom and Soini voiced their countries’ firm support to Macedonia’s EU integration. Finland’s minister Soini said Macedonia is the first country he is visiting alongside his Swedish colleague. Discussions also tackled the name issue, with FM Soini saying Finland and Sweden are encouraged by recent results, also voicing satisfaction from the friendship treaty signed with Bulgaria. Dimitrov and Soini also referred to the Finnish education system, which is seen as one of the best in the world, and the possibilities for transfer of certain experiences in Macedonia. The three ministers also agreed on enhancement of bilateral cooperation at a higher level.

DM Sekerinska meets NATO Brig. Gen. Jeleniewski


Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska welcomed Thursday a NATO delegation, led by Brigadier General Marian Jeleniewski, Deputy Director of NATO Security Cooperation Sector.The purpose of the visit of NATO military delegation is to initiate closer cooperation between the Alliance and Macedonia Army (ARM), the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a press release.The intensified political activity of the Republic of Macedonia towards NATO should be supported by a closer military cooperation, Brig. Gen. Jeleniewski said and offered three proposals for increasing military cooperation between the Alliance’s military structure and ARM, such as expert level interviews once a year; NATO and ARM experts to discuss issues of common interest; regular annual NATO Military Committee – ARM meeting; better representation of the ARM within the NATO structures by referring a national military representative of the Republic of Macedonia to the NATO Federal Command (SHAPE) and filling positions of partner staff officers in NATO military commands.

Establishing countability for wiretaps is important NATO e EU accession: US official says


It is very important for the country to establish accountability for the unauthorized wiretaps and the alleged government abuses associated with these wiretaps. This is a critical step towards Macedonia convincing EU, NATO and other international partners that it is ready to join these institutions, says United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Hoyt Yee, in an interview with “360 Degrees” at TV Alsat M.Macedonia is trying to advance its democratic transition and advance its prospects for accession into the EU and NATO. This means that the country cannot afford a luxury of permanent delays and obstructions by political parties who disagree with the government.

Macedonia and Cuba pledge to strengthen economic relations


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.

Swiss experts to help development of five domestic companies


Positive experiences of companies, experts’ satisfaction and the visible results are strong evidence of the success of the advertisement announced by the Macedonian government to engage foreign experts that will help our local companies. Cooperation with Switzerland is established as well. Swiss Ambassador to Macedonia Stefano Lazzarotto said This initiative came as an idea from the Government. The economic development is one of our focus in Macedonia and in the coming period we will support projects aimed at developing the private sector in the amount of 12,000 million Swiss francs. At the same time, Switzerland is continuing its long-standing cooperation with Macedonia in other areas in which operates.

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