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DAILY BRIEF June 13: Negotiations, EU, census, ratification of NATO accession protocol, condemnation…

Zaev: We are convinced that North Macedonia will start negotiations with EU this year

The delegation of the Republic of North Macedonia, led by President of Government Zoran Zaev together with Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov, today met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Chancellor Merkel informed that the Bundestag will decide in September about the start of the EU negotiations with North Macedonia, according to the determined procedures of the FR Germany on issues related to the enlargement of the Union. At the meeting, Chancellor Merkel stressed that North Macedonia delivered what was expected and that she and Berlin see this as very positive.

Prime Minister Zaev at the meeting said that the Republic of North Macedonia has full confidence in Chancellor Merkel and supports her policy on the EU enlargement process, as well as her policy towards the Western Balkans.

Mogherini with a strong recommendation for a date for the start of EU accession negotiations in June-July

The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, yesterday in Brussels had a bilateral meeting with the Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

Federica Mogherini underlined that she remains firm to the position that North Macedonia should together with Albania receive a date for starting negotiations in the period June – July. In the following week, Mogherini will convey this position to all the ministers of foreign affairs of the EU member states.

Estonia ratifies NATO Accession Protocol for North Macedonia

The Estonian Parliament, unanimously, without a single vote against, yesterday gave a green light for our country’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.

With the ratification of the Protocol for NATO Accession for North Macedonia, Estonia became the 17th country to accept the RNM in the North Atlantic Alliance.

The procedure for ratification yesterday also began in the US Senate. With the ratification of the Protocol by the 29 member allies in the Alliance, North Macedonia will officially become the 30th member of NATO.

State Statistical Office from tomorrow with a trial census of the population, households and dwellings

The State Statistical Office tomorrow will start with field activities for the pilot project for census of the population, households and dwellings. The trial census will be carried out in 32 census circles on the territory of the following13 municipalities in the country: Gostivar, Kisela Voda, Zelenikovo, Stip, Radovis, Kumanovo, Sveti Nikole, Kratovo, Prilep, Dolneni, Struga, Kicevo and Valandovo.

As the State Statistical Office announced, the main goal of this pilot project census is to test the prepared methodologies, organizational and IT solutions for the application of the new combined methodological approach in the census of the population, households and dwellings in 2020.

Citizens of Tetovo demand for DUI headquarters to be dislocated from the city

The initiative that demands the headquarters of DUI to be removed from Tetovo, has spread in the social networks. The citizens of Tetovo are strongly expressing their resentment and their frustration from the wiretapped telephone conversations, where individuals and also people from Tetovo are seriously insulted.

Low level of communication, parapolitical situations, appointments, denial of the position of Albanian women in society, blackmail against political opponents and their families, devaluation of those who think differently, corruption and demotivation of future generations in this society, are signals that these people do not deserve to be decision makers of important processes that concern our lives.

Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers strongly condemns Sterjev’s threats to journalists

The Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers most strongly condemned the behaviour of the President of the Council of Public Prosecutors, Kole Sterjov. “As the A1on portal informs, Sterjev directed indecent messages to journalists of this media outlet through their colleague, calling them ‘ignorant’, ‘immature’, and many other insults. The Union stressed that such conduct of an elected official is inacceptable and essentially encourages hostile behaviour towards media workers, and even attacks on journalists. We want to remind Sterjev that media freedom is one of the most important, if not the most important pillar of a democratic society, and that no one benefits from such outbursts”, is said in the statement of the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers.

Dehran Muratov

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