14 January 2022
Skopje – The French EU presidency wants to do everything it can to help change positions and an agreement to be reached in order negotiations with North Macedonia to be opened, French Ambassador to North Macedonia Cyrille Baumgartner said Friday.
Skopje – Reducing air pollution, introducing integrated waste management system, strict control of industry capacities, improving the quality of water, protecting forests and biodiversity, establishing sustainable systems for food production and more climate actions are some of the priorities noted at Friday’s public discussion regarding the drafting of the #MKD2030 Development Framework, initiated by President Stevo Pendarovski.
Skopje – In the period Aug. 6, 2021 – Jan. 13, 2022, a total of 85,593 people tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 32,079 (37%) were fully vaccinated. Shows the Ministry of Health’s analysis released on Friday. According to statistics, 53,514 people (63%) of those who tested positive for COVID-19 were unvaccinated, the analysis shows.
Skopje – The fact that there are new governments in the two countries provides fresh energy and fresh chance for positive resolution based on lessons learned from the negotiating process with Bulgaria so far, outgoing Justice Minister Bojan Marichikj told a news conference on Friday.
Skopje – Outgoing Justice Minister Bojan Marichikj launched Friday the There is a Solution campaign, aimed to promote mediation as an alternative way for settling of disputes and to raise public awareness about its benefits. The campaign is part of the Judiciary Reform Strategy, announced Marichikj.
Skopje – There are many outstanding issues as regards changes to the Electoral Code, and this process should be opened as soon as possible, so that all political parties in the process are given a chance to present all arguments, Justice Minister Bojan Marichikj told Friday’s press conference.
Skopje – Deputy PM for the fight against corruption Ljupcho Nikolovski says the foundations for a systemic fight against corruption are in place, something that no one had the courage to do over the past 30 years. Deputy PM Nikolovski told Utrinski Brifing that a Plan to combat corruption has been adopted for the first time on record, whereas a new plan to fight corruption in 2022 has already been drafted.
Skopje — Globalization, digitization, and structural changes in economies will affect central banks’ post-pandemic role, said National Bank governor Anita Angelovska–Bezhoska at the virtual Euromoney panel discussion attended by bank governors from Central and Southeastern Europe.
Skopje – There are ongoing talks over three large investments in the energy sector, with details on one of them expected in the coming weeks, said Free Zones Authority (FEZ) director Jovan Despotovski on Friday.
Skopje — Goods worth more than EUR three billion have been exported from North Macedonia’s Free Zones in 2021, which is 6.5 percent more than in 2019 and about 15 percent more than in 2020, according to Free Zones Authority head Jovan Despotovski at a press conference Friday.
Skopje – “Vodno Lots” trial hearing on Friday was postponed after the defendant, ex-secret police chief Sasho Mijalkov, was absent due to contracting COVID-19. Several lawyers of the defendants have also informed the court they have tested positive.
Skopje – Epiphany, January 19, 2022, is a religious holiday for Orthodox faithful in North Macedonia according to the Law on Holidays, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy says Friday.
Vevchani – The Vevchani Carnival 2022 ends Friday with revelers burning their masks in the center of the town in western North Macedonia.
Belgrade – Germany has added North Macedonia back to the list of COVID-19 ‘high risk’ countries. As of Sunday, people traveling to Germany face stricter entry rules, i.e. unvaccinated travelers arriving in the country and people who haven’t been infected with the virus have to quarantine for up to 10 days, MIA’s Belgrade correspondent reports.
Athens — My criticism of the Prespa Agreement wasn’t about the name, it was about [recognizing] the Macedonian language and the Macedonian ethnicity, and I still believe this was a big mistake, said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview with Greek Antenna TV.
Sofia – The United States supports the efforts of the governments in Bulgaria and North Macedonia in working together with the EU over the settlement of bilateral issues, says the U.S. Embassy to Sofia, MIA reports from the Bulgarian capital.
Sofia – Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and President Rumen Radev will no longer be quarantining as of today, after being ordered by the Sofia regional inspectorate, MIA’s Sofia correspondent reports.
Kiev – According to “initial data,” the massive overnight cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites originated in Russia, according to Ukraine‘s Culture and Information Policy Ministry.
Rome – Leading Italian and EU politicians honoured late European Parliament President David Sassoli with a state funeral in Rome on Friday. The service at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri was attended by dignitaries such as Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.