DAILY BRIEF Daily Brief: EC investigating alleged misuse of Erasmus Plus grants, CIVIL with a two-day regional seminar, “Europe is our home” tomorrow in the western region…

NEWS OF THE DAY: EC investigating alleged misuse of Erasmus Plus grants

The European Commission opened an investigation in regards to the case of the alleged misuse of EU Erasmus Plus grants by the National Agency for European Educational Programmes in N. Macedonia.

EC education spokesperson Suzanne Conze, indicated that the Commission is familiar with the case.

-All allegations for misuse are being reviewed and where it concerns EU funds, any irregular spending will be identified and returned, said Conze for MIA.


A two-day regional seminar of CIVIL on transparency, anti-corruption and responsible political processes in Struga

CIVIL continues with the series of seminars on transparency, anticorruption and responsible political processes. The seminars are part of the long-term project “Civic Lenses”, in which more than 1,200 citizen journalists, activists and many other interested in civic participation in decision-making at the local and national level have taken part.

The series of seminars under the joint title “Civic Lenses: Citizens participate, observe and report” continue in Struga, at Hotel “Beograd”, in the city center, on October 24 and 25 (Saturday and Sunday) starting at 11.00 am. All interested citizens from the municipalities of Ohrid, Struga, Centar Zhupa, Vevcani, Debar, Debarca, Resen and Kicevo may take part. The number of participants is limited to 20, and for that purpose CIVIL is providing a large space in accordance to the Covid-19 protection measures for maximum compliance to the coronavirus safety protocols.


“Europe is our home” is travelling to Tetovo, Gostivar, Kicevo, Struga and Ohrid.

CIVIL invites all citizens to visit the info-stands in Tetovo, Gostivar, Kicevo, Struga and Ohrid that are dedicated to promoting European values and integration.

Citizens together with CIVIL’s team, in direct communication, will have the opportunity to share their views and opinions in relation to the democratic processes in the country and to be part of creating the public opinion at the local and national level, tomorrow, October 14, starting in Tetovo.

Survey: When we will have a European salary, we won’t be interested in politics

“We need to become part of Europe, because we’re no good on our own. Without Europe we will only go down and sink”, says a citizen from Veles in regards to the question of CIVIL Media – Does our country deserve to be part of the European family and does it meet the conditions?

The editorial office of CIVIL’s media platform sent invitations for an interview to the mayors of all the municipalities throughout the country, at which it will discuss topics related to antinationalism, social justice, green values, as well as the current political situation, European values and EU integrations.

Velkovski:  The fight for social justice and antinationalism is our everyday life

Bogoev: Citizens will demand real measures for overcoming the economic and social crisis, and not political trickery and party correspondence

Ana Vasilevska, film critic: We now live in another system, a democratic one, things have changed and that is also being reflected in the film production


Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today had a working meeting with representatives of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Regional Director for the Western Balkans, Zsuzsanna Hargitai and the Director of the Skopje Office, Andi Aranitasi

The Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM), the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (AJM) and the Council of Media Ethics (CEMM) condemn the inappropriate public communication with an attempt for discrediting, accompanied with threats of lawsuit against colleagues of the “A1on” online media outlet by the Director of the National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility, Lidija Dimova.

Gradual overcoming of the crisis and recovery of the economy in the next two years are the expectations of analysts in the country, expressed in the survey of the National Bank conducted in September this year.

“The agreement we signed with Bulgaria was not just an agreement for solving the problems, but also for building trust and good neighbourly relations. We invested in those good neighbourly relations and we expect for Bulgaria to do the same”, stated Minister of Defence Radmila Sekerinska, asked to comment the possible Bulgarian opposing at the start of the Macedonian negotiations for EU membership.


А. P.

translation: N. Cvetkovska


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