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North Macedonia, Kosovo governments to hold joint session in Skopje

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A joint session of the Governments of North Macedonia and Kosovo will take place in Skopje. The timing will be set by the two countries’ Prime Ministers, Zoran Zaev and Ramus Haradinaj, the government’s press office said in a statement Tuesday.

The Government endorsed the motion of the Secretariat for European Affairs and proceeded with  the necessary preparations for the event. In the course of preparations for the session, talks are ongoing to define modes of cooperation between the two countries in fields spanning transport and infrastructure, trade and economic development, cooperation with Diaspora, home affairs, justice, agriculture, forestry, healthcare, culture, education

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Zaev’s Cabinet picks tabled in parliament for approval

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Prime Minister and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev on Friday is expected to introduce to Parliament the nominated ministers to fill vacant seats in the Cabinet Office.

Zaev hinted late on Thursday that the list of new dignitaries will be tabled in parliament today. Nina Angelovska, owner of Grouper.Mk, is about to take up the post of finance minister. Kire Kolemishevski is the pick for economy minister.

Elizabeta Naumovska is the pick for Deputy Minister of Education and Science. The incumbent Deputy Minister of Economy, Kire Naumov, is the nominee for CEO of Macedonian Bank for Support and Development. Nexhat Mehmedovic is the nominee for deputy minister of the newly-formed ministry for political system and cross-community relations.

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North Macedonia, Kazakhstan sign treaties on legal cooperation in criminal matters

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North Macedonia and Kazakhstan have established a legal framework for mutual legal assistance and protection of the legitimate rights and interests of their citizens. On  August 22, North Macedonia’s Minister of Justice Renata Deskoska and Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor General Gizat Nurduletov inked three agreements at the Justice Ministry HQs in Skopje.

The Ministry of Justice and Prosecutor General’s Office of Kazakhstan have entered into three bilateral treaties: Agreement on Mutual Extradition of Criminals, Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Cases, and Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.

During the signing ceremony, Deskoska noted she was honored to put her signature on the bilateral agreements in field of international legal assistance.

“Signing of these treaties is of high significance to our country. After the agreement comes into force, the two countries will have serious legal grounds for rendering mutual legal assistance and protecting the rights and interests of citizens of both countries,” Deskoska said.

The parties said that the signing of the documents will bring bilateral legal relations to a new level and will provide a new impetus to the further expansion and strengthening of cooperation.

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Zaev: Whoever has evidence against me make it public, it’s a free country

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The ruling Social Democrats’ central committee convened for a meeting Thursday evening, with party leader and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev answering journalists’ questions relating the high-profile racketeering case and apprehension of special public prosecutor Katica Janeva.

Asked by a reporter to comment the latest revelation by an Italian journalist who alleges that the prime minister, the health minister and the head of Health Insurance Fund had been directly involved in an extortion ring, PM Zaev said whoever has evidence against him they may disclose them immediately.

“If there is evidence let them be revealed, on anyone, on me first and then on all others. Make them public. That’s what the citizens deserve. Whatever the allegations, whoever alleges – the Italian journalist or Mr. Mickoski [VMRO-DPMNE leader] – let them go public,” PM Zaev told the reporters gathered outside SDSM headquarters late on Thursday.

“That is what people do in a free country. Uncovering unlawful activities that damage the welfare of our citizens helps the country strengthen social processes,” the prime minister said.

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