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Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival to bring together 650 children and youth from 10 countries

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The 7th edition of Giffoni Macedonia International Youth Film Festival will roll out on several sites in Skopje October 12-17. The six-day film event will feature movies, creative workshops, master classes and a series of other creative and educational activities to include approximately 650 children and youths from 10 countries, at age 11 to 19.

The festival will open on Saturday, October 12 at 7 pm at the Millenium Cinema, Skopje. Italian fim “Imperect Age” (original title L’eta imperfetta) director Ulisee Lendaro will open the festival.

The main topic they will focus on is the protection of the environment, with a particular emphasis on air protection. Other topics in most of the films and activities will be Internet security and the fight against peer violence.

Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival is branch of the most important cultural event for young people in the world – Giffoni Experience Film Festival from Italy.

The Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival was started in 2013 as an initiative of Claudio Gubitosi, artistic director and creator of Giffoni Film Festival with bilateral treaty with Macedonian Film Agency and gave the trust to start new festival under the Giffoni Brand in Macedonia. Lack of young audience in cinema theaters in the country was essential motivation to make youth festival, but festival become much more important for young people than anyone expects on the beginning. The festival is a real experience for young people with back to back screenings, debates, workshops, concerts, panels and the whole city involvement. The sixth edition was full with joy and fun for over 650 young jurors from 13 countries.

Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival, in the past six years has become an essential hub in the Balkans and after the huge success, works are in progress for the next edition in October.

The traveling part of the festival called Giffoni on Tour is mini vrersion of the festival with aim to bring the joy of the cinema to the young people in other cities.

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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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