Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, will meet today with students and lecturers of the Faculty of Economics at the St. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje, where he will promote a competition “With European Knowledge toward European Metropolis”, run by Secretariat for European Affairs.
In the course of the visit, Deputy PM Osmani will address the students about the current affairs the country is facing in the process of European integration. Representatives of the Secretariat for European Affairs will present technicalities of their work.
Osmani will also tour the Law Faculty at the University of Tetovo to promote the competition “With European Knowledge towards European metropolis”. He will address the students about North Macedonia’s aspirations to integrate into the Euro-Atlantic community, and explain why the country should be given a date for start of EU accession negotiations.
Students of social sciences at the state universities are eligible to participate in the competition “With European Knowledge to the European Capital”, during which the students of social science universities, will be tasked to write essays to show their European knowledge. The 12 best students will have an opportunity to feel the Brussels atmosphere through a three-day study visit, and tour the EU’s key institutions get acquainted with the way they work.
Arrest warrant issued for Spasov
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.
Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today
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.
Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron
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.