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POLITICS Deputy PM Nikolovski to demand resignation of National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility head

Ljupcho Nikolovski, Deputy PM in charge of fight against corruption and crime, sustainable development and human resources, will demand resignation of the Head of the National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility, Lidija Dimova.

She has dismissed allegations of misuse of funds of the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport, Erasmus+, after the A1On website published an investigative story claiming that EUR 270,000 in EU grants in the past three years had been awarded to a hair salon in Skopje, owned by Zoran Zlatkovski.

Also, she refuses to step down.

In a Facebook post late on Thursday, Deputy PM Nikolovski wrote he disagrees with Dimova and that she should resign.

“At the next government session, I will demand that she resigns and that she should be dismissed from the post as head of the National Agency,” he said.

Also, the European Commission (EC) has opened an investigation into the allegations. Spokeswoman Susanne Conze has told MIA the EU’s governing body has been informed about the case. All allegations of misuse, she stated, are being looked into and any irregular spending involving EU funds will be identified and paid back.

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