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North Macedonia, Serbia sign memorandum of cooperation to facilitate digitalization

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North Macedonia’s Ministry of Information Society and Administration and Serbian Government’s  Office on Information Technologies and Electronic Administration have signed a memorandum of cooperation to promote innovation and drive digital transformation.

Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damja Mancevski underlined the importance of digital transformation in improving the every day’s life of the citizens, by use of simple tools to access the services needed.

“The Government is committed to transparency, improving efficiency in public service delivery, accountability in the work of institutions. Therefore, we decided to change and upgrade the wib-sites of the Government and all Ministries. That’s how we put in motion our pledges set out in the Public Administration Reform Strategy, in an effort to secure accessibility of all institutions,” Mancevski said.

Serbia’s Jovanovic said the Memorandum of Cooperation aims to facilitate digital transformation. The Memo is a result of good cooperation between the Prime Ministers of Serbia and North Macedonia, Ana Brnbic and Zoran Zaev. Furthermore, it reflects the visible results of Serbian Government in terms of digitalization of public administration and launch of ‘Serbia digitalizes’ project.

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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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