North Macedonia’s President Stevo Pendarovski today met with the visiting President of European Council, Donald Tusk.
The two discussed the recent political developments in North Macedonia and the Western Balkan region, including the country’s EU membership aspirations.
“President Pendarovski stressed that over the past two years, North Macedonia had to make tough decisions on much sensitive issues, including the Prespa Accord with Greece and also the Friendship, Good Neighborhood and Cooperation Agreement with Bulgaria. Furthermore, the country pursued a comprehensive reform agenda in key areas, thus confirming its commitment to the EU integration process,” President Pendarovski’s cabinet says in a statement.
President Pendarovski expressed his expectation that the European Council in October will praise the country’s efforts and verify the 10th consecutive recommendation of the European Commission by setting a date for start of accession negotiations with North Macedonia.
No-decision could bring down the government, says Zaev
Further delay to opening EU accession negotiations could bring down the government, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has said in Vienna, according to Tanjug news agency. “North Macedonia has no other alternative,” Serbian agency quotes Zaev as saying.
“There is no alternative. If EU postpones further a decision on the opening of accession talks, we won’t give up on our European path. EU is our future,” Zaev has said.
He added that in case of delay or no-decision, the government might fall, but that another government would come in its place to continue the European path.
“Because of EU we have changed the country’s name, we struck agreements with Greece and Bulgaria, we improved the relations with other neighbors. I believe that the EU motivates us to continue working and achieve even greater success,” Zaev.said.
Opposition mulls pension hike bill
Today, the parliamentary group of VMRO-DPMNE and Coalition has formally launched a bid to amend the Law on Pension and Disability Insurance, seeking reinstitution of old legislation which resulted in pension hikes, VMRO-DPMNE’s legislator Sladjana Mitovska said on Wednesday.
The lawmakers of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party and its allies have announced a bill with the intention of increasing pensions of all retirees.
“The bill also seeks to amend the Pension Insurance Act, to repeal the existing law enforced by SDSM at retirees’ expense considering the fact that over 310,000 retirees are no longer entitled to DEN500 increase.
“The bill is to amend the existing law and reinstate the previous one. Pensioners deserve living a dignified life and right to access life necessities,” the MP said.
Day of Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle a non-working day
Ministry of Labor and Social Policy announced on Wednesday that October 23, the Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle is a non-working day for all citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia.
The Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle is a national holiday which is celebrated on October 23.
In 2007 the holiday was voted into law as a new national holiday. It is a non-working day.
The holiday is celebrated on the occasion of the formation of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (VMRO). On October 23, 1893 six young men gathered at the home of bookstore owner Ivan Hadzi Nikolov in Thessaloniki to set up the basis which would later become a symbol of struggle for Macedonian freedom.
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