24 November 2021
Skopje – Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had a phone call late on Tuesday with the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried, who on behalf of the government and the people of the United States of America, extended deepest condolences to the Macedonian citizens over tragic bus accident in Bulgaria.
Sofia – I hope the investigation will be thorough in determining the real cause for the tragedy, and all required measures will be undertaken if a human factor is behind it. The ministries of interior and transport, who set forth their views at yesterday’s press conference, are the most competent when it comes to responsibility and accountability in this regard, said Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani in Sofia on Wednesday.
Sofia – The persons injured in the bus accident are in good condition according to the doctors. Some have already underwent operations, others will be operated on today, said Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani in Sofia on Wednesday. FM Osmani paid a visit to the injured in the Pirogov hospital in Sofia and is in communication with Bulgarian institutions towards speeding up the victims’ identification process.
Sofia – The passengers injured in Tuesday’s bus accident are in a stable condition that is not life-threatening. Pirogov hospital staff said the patients are properly cared for and different medical specialists are monitoring their condition. All necessary urgent treatment has been performed.
Sofia – Bulgaria’s caretaker government started its Wednesday session with a moment of silence, MIA reports from Sofia. Bulgarian PM Stefan Yanev said that today we remember the nine Bulgarian nationals who died in the nursing home fire in the village of Rojak, Varna and the citizens of North Macedonia who lost their lives in the bus accident on the Struma highway.
Sofia – The Struma motorway lane leading to Sofia has reopened for traffic on Wednesday, while the one leading to Blagoevgrad remains closed in the vicinity of yesterday’s fatal accident of a Macedonian bus that claimed 45 lives and left seven others injured. The bus has been removed from the road and transported to nearby Pernik.
Sofia – Despite pressure from the United States and the European Commission and the fact that North Macedonia’s European integration is an indisputable interest of both Bulgaria and the European Union, the chances of Sofia approving the negotiating framework with Skopje are still unreal, unless Skopje demonstrates readiness to accept Bulgaria’s demands, the Sofia-based web-portal “Mediapool.bg” reports.
Skopje – The Government has adopted a decision on providing a status of strategic investment project to energy company Ostro Solar-Skopje for the construction of Solar Park Stipion worth EUR 270 million.
Skopje – The Government at its session on Tuesday adopted a report on concluded negotiations and signing an agreement with the European Union on North Macedonia’s participation in the Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme. The Government decided that Ambassador Agneza Rusi Popovska, Head of Mission of the Republic of North Macedonia to the EU, signs the agreement.
Washington/Taipei/Beijing – The US government has invited Taiwan to a so-called “Summit for Democracy” being held in December, despite tense relations with China.