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Ademi Supports Proposal of Levelling Wages in Culture Institutions

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The Ministry of Culture has given a positive reassurance regarding yesterday’s requests of the Union of cultural workers and has supported the initiative submitted to the Parliament, to level the wages in the institutions of culture.

“As a ministry in charge of providing dignified professional conditions for work for the artists in the country as well as other entities contributing to the quality of the cultural activities, we would like to say how concerned we are that a collective agreement has not been signed yet, after many years of issues in this sector. As our Minister of Culture Asaf Ademi pointed at the budget press conference, his main priority remains the new Law on public administration that will create better conditions for the collective agreement,” the ministry said.

The working body of the Ministry of Culture made up of union representatives has been actively working in the legal valorization of the labor of artists.

“Minister Ademi has supported the initiative of the SKRM union, which was submitted to the Macedonian Parliament with an amendment, demanding the leveling of wages to be voted and placed in the 2019 budget,” the press release read.

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North Macedonia, Bulgaria to boost defense cooperation

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A delegation of Bulgaria’s Armed forces, led by Army Chief of Staff, General Andrei Botev, kicked off a three-day official visit to North Macedonia Friday, with first stops in the Ministry of Defense and the Army General Staff headquarters.

Bulgaria’s defense chief held a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart, Lieutenant General Vasko Gjurcinovski, and with Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska.

Gen. Botev and Minister Sekerinska discussed modalities to deepen the cooperation in medical force training, logistics, communications, public relations, and pilot training.

Sekerinska conveyed gratitude to Bulgarian defense chief on his country’s prompt ratification of North Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol.

She hailed the successful realization of Decisive Strike military exercise in Krivolak, N. Macedonia, noting that such drills strengthen interoperability between armies, setting an excellent example of regional and interstate co-operation.

Gjurcinovski and Botev discussed the military cooperation, in particular the joint training of military police units and special units, including joint training exercises.

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Three-language plaque affixed to “Warrior on a Horse” statue destroyed overnight

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The new three-language plate that has been attached to the “Warrior on a Horse” statue in downtown Skopje was destroyed last night, just hours after it was affixed to the monument.

On Thursday afternoon the statue embarked with a cooper plate accompanying it giving a description of the giant warrior: “Alexander the Great belongs to the ancient Hellenic history and world cultural heritage”.

The incident had reportedly happened on Thursday evening.

The plaque, giving a description in Macedonian, Albanian and English, reads “In honor of Alexander the Great, a historical figure belonging to ancient Hellenic history and civilization and to the world cultural and historical heritage. Here he is presented as warrior on a horse. “

Setting a new plaque was an obligation in line with the Prespa Agreement, which put an end to perennial dispute between Greece and the renamed North  Macedonia.

New plaque were attached yesterday to three monuments – Warrior on a Horse, Olympia, and Philip II. They plaques were affixed to or below the fence of marble fountains surrounding the monuments.

The  giant statue bearing an uncanny resemblance to the warrior king Alexander the Great – although, officially, no one called it that thus far – was erected in the heart of Skopje in 2011. Seated upon his favourite steed, the classical hero surveys the capital from the vantage point of Plostad Makedonija, Skopje’s central square. At 22 metres, or eight storeys high, the statue dwarfs its surroundings.

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Janeva to appear before chief prosecutor Ruskovska on Tuesday

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Special prosecutor Katica Janeva, the outgoing head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SJO), has been summoned to testify before chief prosecutor Vilma Ruskovska at the Public Attorney’s Office in connection with ‘Extortion’ case.

Janeva will appear before Ruskovska next Tuesday to tell what is her role in the case.

The questioning comes a month after the launch of investigation into extortion racket that rocked the country. Bojan Jovanovski also known as Boki 13 and Zoran Milevski alias Zoki KIcheec are accused of running extortion racket. Jovanovski and Milevski have been arrested for allegedly seeking a bribe in return for special prosecutors dropping a case.

The two are believed to have conspired with a third party to convince business owner Orce Kamcev pay bribe. Kamcev had been told that prosecutors would drop charges against him in return for kickbacks. The two allegedly approached Kamcev and demanded that he pays an amount and he will be cleared of charges.

At the start of the probe, Ruskovska hinted at the possibility for a broadband, extended  investigation into the case..

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