DAILY BRIEF September 27: Day of appreciation, Macedonian ID card in the UN, health care workers attacked, SAO ahead of a blockade

Day of appreciation: Danke Deutschland!

Late last night the Bundestag, with a vast majority of 476 votes “for”, 122 “against” and 16 abstained MPs, confirmed Germany’s decision: North Macedonia fulfils the conditions to receive a date for the start of negotiations with the European Union. With this decision, Germany at the Summit of European leaders in October will set a date for the start of negotiations.

Although there still is uncertainty in regards to the decision of France, Denmark and the Netherlands, Macedonian top officials, nevertheless, did not pass the opportunity to express huge gratitude to Germany.

„Danke Deutschland!“, wrote President Stevo Pendarovski on Twitter. 

“We are waiting for the final decision in October, which will mean recognition for the citizens and the institutions and for all our decisions, efforts and successes. This is great encouragement, and we continue to work even harder. We thank all MPs in the German Bundestag and the government team of Chancellor Angela Merkel”, wrote Prime Minister Zoran Zaev from New York, where he is attending the UN General Assembly.

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, as well as the Independent parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE also expressed gratitude. There were positive reactions also from many citizens, who publically through the social networks expressed gratitude to Germany.

Zaev: We have finally completed our ID card in the United Nations

We have completed our ID card in the UN. In addition to the name Republic of North Macedonia, for the language it says: Macedonian language, and for nationality: Macedonian / citizen of the Republic of North Macedonia. We now have exceptionally good relations with Greece, and thus have contributed to strengthening the regional stability and to promoting development in the Western Balkans, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in Macedonian in his address at the Plenary Session of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York. The Prespa Agreement, stressed Zaev, along with the Treaty of Friendship with Bulgaria have accelerated our NATO integration and have removed the biggest obstacles for our EU integration.

Sekerinska demands greater agility from the EU in regards to the connectivity in the region

Minister of Defence Radmila Sekerinska, who participated at a forum on connectivity in Europe and Eurasia, requested from the European Union to show greater agility and ambition.

“The Minister demanded greater agility from the European structures in the process of integrating in the Union, with the purpose of developing the railway infrastructure in the region, as all countries from the region are struggling with climate changes and environmental pollution”, was stated from her cabinet.


The Criminal Court does not agree with the decision of the Constitutional Court in regards to the punishments for the lawyers of “April 27”.

Minister of Education and Science Arber Ademi announced finalization of the procedure for printing of new school text books.

The conditions for applying for the Clinical Center are unfavourable for domestic companies, responded the Trade Union of Construction Workers.

The election of the chief auditor at the parliamentary commission was postponed again, the SAO before a blockade.

New attack against a health care team, this time in the “September 8” hospital.

CIVILian activities

The first of the total of 8 seminars “Civic Lenses: Promoting transparent and responsible political processes” will be held tomorrow, September 28, in Stip, at Hotel Oaza, starting at 10am. The seminars are part of the project “Civic Lenses: Promoting transparent and responsible political processes” financed by National Endowment for Democracy, which CIVIL is implementing for the fifth year in a row.

CIVIL conducted a survey in Ohrid, as part of the project “Green Future”, in which the citizens expressed their opinion on what kind of future awaits the country, green or black. Some of those surveyed expect a green future, satisfied from the country’s development and prosperity, while some were extremely disappointed and don’t expect nothing good in the future.


Columnists in today’s production of CIVIL Media are: Xhabir Deralla and Kosta Stoimenovski.

Biljana Jordanovska

Translation: Natasa Cvetkovska



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