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DAILY BRIEF Daily Brief: Opposition against online voting, video message “United in Diversity”, Zaev optimist about agreement with Bulgaria

NEWS OF THE DAY: Opposition continues to oppose online voting in Parliament

Coordinators of the parliamentary groups of the opposition parties this morning did not participate at the regular meeting with the President of Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, and the reason for this among else is, as they indicate, putting the Proposal for amending the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament without agreement with the opposition. The participation of the opposition MPs in coordination meetings and plenary sessions is also questioned.

The Proposal for amending the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament, in a shortened procedure, which anticipates MPs infected with Covid-19 and in isolation to join the work of the Parliament and working bodies from a distance, has been put on the agenda for the session that President of Parliament Talat Xhaferi scheduled for Thursday, November 26.

STATEMENT OF THE DAY: Zaev: We are not very far from an agreement with Bulgaria

The Republic of North Macedonia is doing everything necessary in the function of achieving a solution in regards to the open issues that exist with Sofia, stated today Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, pointing out that Bulgaria is a big friend of our country and that he believes it will remain on that line.

–  As I said, we are not very far from an agreement. All we need is a good will, positive outlook, and to have the projected future in front of us. I believe that it will happen, let’s say, until the second EU Council of Minister on the 8th, 9th or 10th, and one meeting between myself and Prime Minister (Boyko) Borisov, and I believe that our working groups that have intensified contacts will create an atmosphere for that, I am talking about both sides. Normally, ideas are being developed, all sorts of variants in the spirit of dignity of the two friendly peoples are being reviewed in order to find a European solution with embedded European values in it. I believe that it is possible. Certainly, this extra time that has come giving us the chance for the postponed GAK or Council of Ministers, is an extraordinary opportunity for both sides to be smart and to use that opportunity, said Zaev at the sidelines of the Macedonian Energy Forum 2020.

CIVIL ACTIVITIES

CIVIL announces a series of video messages with a joint title “United in Diversity”

A new phase starts of the Initiative “United in Diversity” that CIVIL has been leading since mid-October. Starting from tomorrow, there will be a series of video addresses by public figures on multiculture, ethnic tolerance and European values. This week, people united in diversity will socialize with Vladanka Dimkovska and Nesrin Tair, author Lisa Bauta-Shaqiri, and next week there will be more interesting video messages by journalists, experts, activists…

There is room for everyone. Everyone who wants to express their view and their messages about how people can be united in diversity. The organization will publish more detailed guidelines on how to record a selfie video or to schedule a time for outdoor recording with CIVIL’s team.

FLASH NEWS

The European Commission today presented its regular report on the situation with air pollution in Europe, which includes also the six countries in the Western Balkans, in which it is assessed that the situation is still not satisfactory, reported MIA correspondent from Brussels.   

The country will receive the vaccine against Covid-19 that will be first registered and approved by the COVAX mechanism. Realistically, that should happen within the first three months of 2021, says Prof. Aleksandra Grozdanova from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, who is President of the Immunization Committee.  

By the end of the day it should be known how many members of the police and Army will be needed for securing the facilities that the Ministry of Health has indicated in the Action Plan. As acting director of the Crisis Management Center Stojance Angelov stated following the session of the General Staff for Crisis Management, the situation from a security aspect is completely under control, there is no violation to the public order and peace in the hospitals and panic should not be created among citizens.

Minister of Education and Science Mila Carovska today held an online meeting with representatives of the Estonian and Georgian Ministry of Education, representatives of the UNICEF Regional Offices and with UNICEF Representative to North Macedonia, Patrizia Di Giovanni.

The Ministry of Health and the three biggest private hospitals “Sistina”, “Zan Miterv” and “Re-Medika” last night agreed to cooperate in the fight against COVID-19. The old “Sistina” gynaecological hospital, former “Mala Bogorodica” will be converted into an infectious unit until the end of the week, where 100 patients will be able to be treated. The treatment will be free of charge, at the expense of the state, and a medical team from “Sistina”, “Zan Mitrev” and “Re-Medika” will care for the patients.

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translation: N. Cvetkovska

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