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North Macedonia’s MPs attend Autumn Session of PACE

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A three-member delegation of North Macedonia’s parliament takes part in the Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg September 30 – October 4.

The delegation consists of MPs Betian Kitev, Shpresa Hadri and Nikola Poposki.

At the plenary, the MEPs will vote on a resolution following the report on the Council of Europe’s Post-Monitoring Dialogue with North Macedonia, which addresses issues related to the development of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights protection in the country.

On the occasion of the Autumn Session of the PACE, French President Emmanuel Macron will address PACE and answer questions from parliamentarians on Tuesday 1 October.

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin will present the communication from the Committee of Ministers and Marija Pejcinovic Buric, newly elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will address the Assembly.

The winner of the 2019 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize – chosen from a shortlist of three nominees – will be announced on Monday 30 September. The Prize will be awarded at a special ceremony in the plenary.

During the session, the Assembly will focus on the protection of whistleblowers, common standards for ombudsman institutions, and the protection of victims of terrorism, as well as the preservation of Jewish cultural heritage. The Assembly will also discuss reports on climate refugees and labor migration in Eastern Europe, and on obstetrical and gynecological violence.

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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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