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Employees from Feni Factory Protest in Front of Court

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Employees in Feni are protesting with banners in front of the court in Veles, where the plan for reorganization of the plant is being reviewed. Protesters, holding up banners which read “End to bankruptcy,” “Don’t take away my bread” and “Life for Feni,” are demanding that a final decision be made at today’s hearing to end the bankruptcy proceedings.

“The bankruptcy procedures are taking too long. We were here in May, in July and now again in November. We are here to once again give support to ending our agony. Everything is crystal clear. We do our job and get paid, we produce, the creditors are paid, so we do not understand why someone is playing with our lives. We demand from the court and all competent institutions that this be our last coming and the end of the bankruptcy. We are people, not figures on paper and no one can play with us and our families, we are here and we will always be ready to fight for Feni and for our future,” said Mile Gjorgjiev, the president of Feni’s trade union.

Today, the court in Veles is deciding again on the plan to reorganize Feni, after the Court of Appeals accepted a complaint from part of the creditors to return it for reconsideration.

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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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