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DAILY BRIEF Start of the working week – meetings of top political representatives, Pride Parade to be held in Skopje, CIVIL activities

Daily events

Meetings

President Stevo Pendarovski today will meet with the President of Parliament, Talat Xhaferi, at a meeting where they are expected to exchange views about the laws that have not been signed, which Pendarovski inherited from Gjorgje Ivanov.

Pendarovski last week had the first meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

A government delegation led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today will participate at the Vienna Economic Forum “Vienna Economic Talks – New Perspectives for the Republic of North Macedonia”.

The delegation, which includes Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Issues Koco Angjusev, Minister of Finance Dragan Tevdovski, as well as Minister of Education and Science Arber Ademi, in addition to discussing the possibilities for investing in North Macedonia, will also meet with representatives of well-known Austrian companies.

In Vienna, a meeting is foreseen between Prime Minister Zaev and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn.

Demands

After the Supreme Court recently terminated the verdicts of the Criminal Court and Court of Appeals for the case “Liquidation”, in which journalist Tomislav Kezarovski was also convicted, the Association of Journalists (AJM) today at a press conference demanded from the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office to withdraw, and from the Criminal Court to reject the indictment against journalist Kezarovski.

The President of the AJM, Mladen Cadikovski, stated that this morning they had reviewed the decision of the Supreme Court for the Kezarivski case and had unanimously decided that the Association will insist on fairness of the Court and the Prosecutor’s Office in the conduct of this case, until Kezarovski is not released from the indictment.

Having in consideration that the Supreme Court returned the case for re-examination, the AJM also calls on the Criminal Court in Skopje to reject the indictment and thus show that freedom of speech, as a basic human right, is guaranteed in this country.

Pride Parade in Skopje

A Pride Parade will be held in Skopje on June 29. This was announced today by the National Network Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which are organizers of the first Pride Parade in Skopje.

With this announcement, Irena Cvetkovic opened today’s press conference, highlighting the important role that the media have in the joint fight for a just society in which human rights and freedoms of all citizens are respected, including also the LGBTI community.

Antonio Mihajlov stressed the need of as much as possible greater support and active participation of all stakeholders: politicians, public figures, activists, artists, at the Pride Parade, solidifying with the LGBTI people. The Pride Parade creates a space that emancipates and releases, and is open for all, regardless of their nation, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity.

CIVIL – activities

„Communities against violent extremism“

“Together against violence” is the title of the creative workshop that CIVIL – Center for Freedom, tomorrow, May 21 (Tuesday) will hold at the Municipal student dormitory “Lazar Lazarevski” in Veles, starting at 12.00 noon.

The Workshop is part of the joint efforts of CIVIL, the primary and secondary schools of Veles, the local self-government and the police, for strengthening public awareness and citizen education at the local level against violent extremism.

Green Future

CIVIL – Center for Freedom tomorrow in Veles, starting at 3.30 pm will present before the citizens its new project activities part that are part of the project “Green Future”, which has the goal to improve public perception and knowledge about the concept of a society that fosters green values, social justice and anti-nationalism.

All collaborators and supporters of CIVIL are also invited at the info – stand, with whom experiences and possible joint actions and initiatives will be shared for promotion of green values, improving of social justice and the fight against nationalism.

CIVIL’s team will previously visit Lozovo and Sveti Nikole, where it will talk with citizens about the possibilities for linking these three elements, which is a precondition for a society that strives for democratic values and progress based on concern for the environment and the future.

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