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23 November 2021

23 November 2021

Skopje – The government at Tuesday’s session decided to declare three days of mourning nationwide due to the bus accident in Bulgaria which killed 46 passengers. At the beginning of the session, ministers held a moment of silence to pay tribute to the victims and offer condolences to their loved ones. North Macedonia declared Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (November 23, 24 and 25) as days of mourning. State flags across the country and in front of country’s embassies have been lowered to half-mast. “All events are cancelled and the media should adjust their programs to be in line with the days of national mourning,” the government said in a press release.

Skopje – We are together in good times and in bad times, we are immediate neighbors, I consider them our brothers, and we should always be there for each other. This tragedy will have a positive effect on the relations of our two countries, because we help each other and the institutions work together. This is the message of the nations on both sides of the border – we are here for each other for better or worse, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Tuesday at a joint news conference with Bulgaria’s caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev.

Skopje – Experts will determine the cause for the accident. The victims come from Skopje but also other places. They are all Macedonian nationals, along with one citizen of Serbia’s Preshevo, who went to Istanbul together with his fiancée from Kumanovo. The list of passengers also includes a Belgian national, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after visiting the seven survivors from the fatal bus accident in Bulgaria on Tuesday.

Skopje – The passenger list has been sent to Skopje and the process to identify the victims of the bus accident, which took place on a highway in Bulgaria, has started, Borislav Sarafov, head of the National Investigation Service (NIS), said at a joint news conference alongside North Macedonia’s Chief Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski.

Skopje – The cause of the bus accident at the moment is unclear and two factors are at play – human mistake or technical malfunction of the vehicle, North Macedonia’s Chief Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski told reporters outside the Pirogov hospital in Sofia, where seven injured passengers are being treated.

Skopje – Bulgaria reacted as quickly as possible and has taken all the necessary steps to open an investigation into the horrible traffic accident, which claimed 45 lives. At the same time, the survivors are being taken care of, Bulgaria’s caretaker prime minister Stefan Yanev said Tuesday.

Skopje – Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani thanked Bulgarian health authorities for their quick reaction following a bus accident involving Macedonian nationals early on Tuesday.

Skopje – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has set up a crisis HQ over the fatal bus accident in Bulgaria. “Considering the severe incident in the Republic of Bulgaria, in which many of our nationals lost their lives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a Crisis HQ regarding the accident,” says MoFA in a press release.

Skopje – Bulgaria’s competent authorities have officially confirmed to North Macedonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) the identity of seven injured passengers in the bus accident that happened on the Struma highway near Sofia.

Skopje – Bulgaria is set to allow the close relatives of victims in the tragic bus accident to enter the country regardless of whether they possess one of the COVID-19 protection documents. In that regard, Bulgarian border authorities have decided to change COVID-19 entry protocols, said the National Border Management Coordination Center.

Skopje – Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska said NATO allies have offered to help following the fatal bus accident early on Tuesday but there have been no requests by institutions from North Macedonia or Bulgaria until now.

Skopje – Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi expressed Tuesday condolences on his behalf and on behalf of Parliament for the people who tragically lost their lives in a traffic accident which occurred in Bulgaria.

Skopje – Several government ministers have expressed their condolences following the deadly bus accident in Bulgaria, where at least 45 North Macedonia’s nationals were killed after returning from a trip to Turkey. Writing on Facebook, First Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi said that the authorities in Bulgaria and North Macedonia have been in constant contact over the incident. “I’m heartbroken after the tragic loss of so many lives gone too early,” he said.

Skopje – Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski has extended condolences to the victims of the families in the bus accident that occurred in Bulgaria early on Tuesday.

Skopje  – Besa Trans, the company whose bus caught fire on a highway in Bulgaria, killing 46 people, posted on Facebook a message of condolences for the victims in the accident. The phone number 075273732, reads the post, is available for any information regarding the case.

Skopje – United States Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes has extended condolences over the fatal bus accident in Bulgaria early on Tuesday. “On behalf of US Embassy community, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones, & our support to those who were injured & whose hearts ache from learning about the tragic bus accident. Our thoughts are with all of you in this difficult time,” tweeted Ambassador Byrnes.

Skopje – EU Ambassador David Geer has extended condolences over the fatal bus accident at a motorway in Bulgaria early on Tuesday. “Our thoughts, at this time, are with the families and friends of those who died in the tragic bus accident in Bulgaria early this morning. Wishing a full and rapid recovery to those who are injured,” tweeted Ambassador Geer.

Skopje – The German Embassy to Skopje has extended condolences over the fatal bus accident at a motorway in Bulgaria early on Tuesday. “The embassy extends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims in the horrific bus accident in Bulgaria. We share the pain for the lives lost,” the German Embassy says in a Facebook post.

Skopje – The Russian Embassy in Skopje expressed Tuesday its condolences for the victims of the bus accident in Bulgaria. “Our sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of the deceased in the traffic accident in Bulgaria. We wish a speedy recovery to the survivors,” said the press release.

Skopje – Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has extended its condolences to the governments and people of Bulgaria and North Macedonia over the casualties and injuries in a fire that broke out in a nursing home in Varna and the accident of a passenger bus with North Macedonia license plates near the city of Pernik on 22 and 23 November. “We convey our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in these tragic incidents, Governments and peoples of Bulgaria and North Macedonia, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded,” reads the press release.

Skopje – Embassies to North Macedonia are expressing condolences to the families of the 46 victims in the fatal bus accident that took place in Bulgaria early on Tuesday. “With great sadness and pain we are following the tragic events in Bulgaria. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to all other affected citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia, to the injured a quick recovery,” wrote the Slovenian Embassy in Skopje.

Skopje – MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk, who is European Parliament rapporteur for North Macedonia, expressed his condolences over the tragic bus accident in Bulgaria in which 46 people were killed.

Skopje – SDSM’s Executive and Central Boards have postponed their meetings scheduled for Tuesday evening after the Government declared three days of national mourning due to the bus accident in Bulgaria in which 46 passengers were killed and several injured.

Athens – Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for the tragic and shocking road accident in Bulgaria, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou posted on Twitter in a message of condolences for the victims, MIA’s Athens correspondent reports.

Athens – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have extended condolences to the families of the victims in the bus accident that occurred on a Bulgarian motorway early on Tuesday, MIA reports from Athens.

Belgrade – Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić sent message of condolences on Tuesday to the President Stevo Pendarovski over the bus accident in Bulgarian highway in which 46 people were killed, MIA’s Belgrade correspondent reports.

Brussels – Presidents of the European Parliament, Council and European Commission have extended their condolences over the bus accident in Bulgaria that claimed 46 lives. “Terrible to hear that at least 45 people, among them a dozen children, died in a bus accident in Bulgaria last night. Our sincere condolences and much strength to their families and friends. We stand with Bulgaria and North Macedonia on this tragic day,” tweets EP President David Sassoli.

Podgorica – Montenegro Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic has extended condolences to the Prime Ministers and citizens of North Macedonia and Bulgaria over the bus accident near Sofia that claimed 46 lives.

Sofia – The bus was traveling at a speed of over 100 km/h and there were no braking marks, which means that the driver did not react properly. The accident was absolutely the result of human error, Vasko Pirgov, safety official of Pernik told BTV, who arrived first at the scene of the accident together with the police officers and firefighters.

Sofia – Bulgarian Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev told Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, top diplomat Bujar Osmani and Health Minister Venko Filipche on Tuesday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is providing North Macedonia with the necessary assistance over the bus accident on the Struma highway, MIA reports from Sofia.

Sofia – North Macedonia and Bulgaria are rallying around together mourning the people killed in the bus accident on Struma highway in Bulgaria, which claimed at least 45 lives, all North Macedonia nationals, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said at their meeting Tuesday in Sofia.

Sofia – Former Bulgarian prime minister and GERB leader Boyko Borissov sent his condolences to PM Zoran Zaev concerning the fatal bus accident, which took the lives of 46 people.

Sofia – Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers decided to declare November 24 a day of national mourning in honor of the victims of the fire that broke out at the retirement home in the Dulgopol village of Rojak, as well as to commemorate those who lost their lives in the traffic accident on Struma Highway on Tuesday. “The government expresses its condolences to the victims’ families. In honor of their memory, all state flags will be at half-mast,” said the Bulgarian government’s press center.

Sofia – People have been laying flowers in front of North Macedonia’s embassy in Sofia expressing condolences over the deadly bus accident early on Tuesday, which killed at least 45 passengers, MIA’s Sofia correspondent reports. Young women, who refrained from revealing their names, said they laid flowers because they sympathized with the loss of the families of the victims.

Tirana – Albanian President Ilir Meta and Foreign Minister Olta Xhacka have extended heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims in the bus accident in Bulgaria early on Tuesday. “Enormous pain and deep sorrow over the tragic accident that claimed the lives of our compatriots from North Macedonia. In this difficult time, let me express my heartfelt condolences to the families and authorities of the neighboring county, wishing the survivors a speedy and full recovery,” says President Meta in a Facebook post.

Tirana – Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has expressed his heartfelt condolences for the victims of the bus accident that claimed 46 lives at a motorway in Bulgaria early on Tuesday.

Skopje – North Macedonia registered 490 new COVID-19 infections after 2,869 tests were conducted in labs across the country in the past 24 hours. In the same period, nine deaths and 484 recoveries were registered, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

Skopje – The discussion on the COVID-19 draft-measures for public sector employees and health workers recommended by the Commission for Infectious Diseases has been postponed for the government’s next session, the Ministry of Health said Tuesday.

Skopje –  The Economic Chamber of North Macedonia once again reiterated its demand for unvaccinated private sector employees who haven’t had Covid in the past 6 months to get mandatory testing via rapid tests, which they would have to pay for out of pocket. The Chamber appeals, in anticipation of the government session in case the proposal is adopted, for the state to control the price range, i.e., to determine the highest cost of quick antigen tests so that employees don’t have to spend too much.

Skopje – A contract for the procurement of 90 thousand tons of coal from Albania will be signed in accordance with the call to procure coal for REK Bitola, and another public call will be announced for the remaining amounts that will be open throughout the whole heating season, according to AD Power Plants ESM.

Athens – Europe’s door must remain open for Western Balkan countries, Greece’s Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said ahead of Tuesday’s GAC meeting in Brussels, adding that this will contribute to regional stability, MIA reports from Athens.

Brussels – The EU General Affairs Council (GAC) will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, with enlargement and the accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania on the agenda, MIA reports from Brussels.

Copenhagen – Hundreds of thousands more people in Europe could die in connection with the coronavirus by spring 2022, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Violence and armed conflicts are stopping about 26 million people in Africa from receiving humanitarian and medical aid, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday.

 

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