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Corruption watchdog calls for cancelling lease contract for premises of ex-presidents Ivanov and Crvenkovski

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The National Anti-Corruption Commission has requested termination of the lease or rental agreement between the government and two former presidents, Gjorgje Ivanov and Branko Crvenkovski.

“We hereby inform you that at its 22nd meeting, the National Commission for Prevention of Corruption decided on a case launched on its own initiative regarding the rights and privileges enjoyed by former heads of state after leaving the office,” corruption watchdog said in the press release Tuesday.

“Today’s decisions apply to all former presidents and the request to terminate the leases applies to both former presidents,” it adds.

Both former President Gjorge Ivanov and his predecessor Branko Crvenkovski enjoy executive privileges. In addition to rental (leased premises), the state covers the salaries of three employees of Ivanov and Crvenkovski. Furthermore, they are provided with state vehicle and a driver.

The Anti-Corruption Commission says it will urge the Government’s Office for General Affairs to terminate the lease agreement for premises of the former presidents. They are currently entitled to leased premises after expiration of the term of office.

In a comment of Commission’s decision, former head of state Gjorgje Ivanov says Commission’s chairperson Biljana Ivanovska is manipulating the public. He claims the price of leased premises is EUR 1.950 per month. The Commission, on the other hand, claims the monthly rent price is EUR 4.500.

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Arrest warrant issued for Spasov

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Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.

Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.

The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.

The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.

The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.

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Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today

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The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.

Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.

In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.

US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer  as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron

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We can give arguments to reassure President Macron that “methodology prior to enlargement” proposal could be converted into “enlargement along with change in methodology”, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to France’s Emmanuel Macron’s initiative for new enlargement methodology.

“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.

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