13 January 2022
Skopje – North Macedonia registered 1,865 new COVID-19 infections after 6,173 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, as well as 8 deaths and 784 recoveries, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.
Skopje – Strengthening of Europe’s power, protection from myriad challenges facing the EU, including security-related, public health protection, economic recovery as well as activities aimed at strengthening the feeling of belonging are some of the priorities of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2022. Activities as part of the French EU presidency will take place in the next six months in the country as well, announced French Ambassador to North Macedonia Cyrille Baumgartner.
Skopje – The government at a session on Thursday decided to take a measure to provide additional amount of electricity in the midst of state of crisis involving energy supply. Under the decision, additional electricity will be provided through domestic production.
Skopje – The electricity and heating producing company TE-TO will work seven days a week from 5 am to 1 am with fully capacity, and the additional electricity produced will be purchased by the company Power Plants of North Macedonia (ESM). The two companies will sign an agreement on Friday, Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi told a press conference on Thursday.
Skopje – President Stevo Pendarovski has accepted a request sent by the United Macedonian Organisation: Ilinden–Pirin (OMO Ilinden-Pirin), an organization of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria, to meet with its representatives in his office. The goal of the visit and topics of discussion are yet to be revealed.
Skopje – Leaders are always a mirror of the institution and an example for the employees, as an unwritten rule. That is why it is very important for the new cabinet members to put their personal integrity in function of the office they take and the duties they have, Biljana Ivanovska, President of the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption, has said.
Skopje – The people’s perception that life is harder is due to the two-year impact on the economic and health sectors, accompanied by the energy aspect. This also includes the price hikes that result from the actions of market economy stakeholders, says Deputy PM for Economic Affairs Fatmir Bytyqi.
Skopje – Film producer Gorjan Tozija-Medo has died at the age of 68.
Skopje – In North Macedonia, in 2017 alone, a total of 574 years of life have been lost among women due to untimely death caused by cervical cancer, according to findings of an analysis conducted by the ESE Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women. “Due to the untimely diagnosis of this disease, the Health Insurance Fund annually spends at least MKD 29 million for the treatment of women where the cancer is detected at an advanced stage. Women who are diagnosed with this disease in an advanced stage spend at least MKD 11 million a year for costs related to the disease,” the ESE said in a press release.
Skopje – The 2022 European Men’s Handball Championships, held in Hungary and Slovakia, begins on Thursday. North Macedonia is part of Group A together with Slovenia, Montenegro and Denmark.
Vevchani – The traditional masked parade, depicting the previous year in a satirical fashion, will kick off the Vevchani Carnival on Thursday at noon.
Strumica – The Municipality of Strumica will vie for the European Youth Capital 2025 title, awarded by the European Youth Forum, announced Strumica Mayor Kostadin Kostadinov on Thursday.
Geneva – The World Health Organization (WHO) will consider whether to extend the global public health emergency on Thursday with the help of an independent committee of experts.
London – Britain’s Boris Johnson faced calls to quit from senior Tories after he apologised for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in the garden of No 10 during England’s first lockdown.
Berlin – The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, will take place in person as planned next month but with tougher rules to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, organizers announced on Wednesday.
Brest – The European Union and the United States are cooperating closely amid tensions surrounding a build-up of Russian troops at Ukraine’s border, stressed EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Thursday.
Washington – Gabriel Escobar, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs and Western Balkans Special Representative, says he has spoken to France, the current EU Presidency holder, over the sooner start of North Macedonia’s accession negotiations.