Macedonia

    • EBRD boost for decarbonisation in Macedonia

      EBRD boost for decarbonisation in Macedonia

      Macedonian plans to move decisively forward with decarbonisation have received a boost in the form of a 5.9 million-euro loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to ELEM, the state-owned electricity company. The loan is intended to fund the country’s first large-scale solar power plant built on the site of an exhausted lignite coal mine in the town of Kicevo, 112 kilometres from the capital Skopje and is part of FYROM's goal to generate 23 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

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    • NATO greenlights MAP for Bosnia

      NATO greenlights MAP for Bosnia

      NATO foreign ministers gave Bosnia-Herzegovina the green light to take a major step forward on its path toward joining the world's biggest military alliance, albeit the Bosnian Serb objections to membership. Meeting in Brussels on December 5, the ministers invited Bosnia to submit its first annual national program of political, economic, and defense reforms aimed at bringing aspiring countries into line with the Atlantic alliance's standards.

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    • EU Parliament calls for extradition of Nikola Gruevski

      EU Parliament calls for extradition of Nikola Gruevski

      The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution that set out the criteria FYROM and Albania need to meet, so that accession talks can commence in June 2019. During the plenary session MEPs also called on Hungarian authorities to extradite former FYROM prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, who had been convicted for abuse of power and sentenced to jail-time in his country before fleeing to Hungary.

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    • EU demands Hungary to explain on Gruevski asylum status

      EU demands Hungary to explain on Gruevski asylum status

      Hungarian PM Viktor Orban needs to offer a “sound explanation” of his country's decision to grant political asylum to the former Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahh tweeted on Wednesday. Hahn tweeted that he had seen reports about the asylum granted in Hungary. “If confirmed, I expect a sound explanation of its grounds by @Viktor_Orban,” his tweet read.

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    • Macedonia lawmakers to debate name change

      Macedonia lawmakers to debate name change

      The Macedonian parliament is poised to decide on Monday whether to accept changing the Balkan country's name in line with the Prespa agreement over two weeks after a referendum on the issue was marred by low turnout. The name change, which was pushed by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, is aimed at settling a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece and potentially opening up the route to European Union and NATO membership for Macedonia. 

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    • Federica Mogherini visits Macedonia

      Federica Mogherini visits Macedonia

      High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ViP Federica Mogherini travelled last Thursday to Skopje to discuss with her Macedonian officials future relations and the EU integration perspective of the country. During her visit Mogherini she met with President Gjorge Ivanov, PM Zoran Zaev and VMRO-DPMNE party leader Hristijan Mickoski. 

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