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Sekerinska to address European security conference in Munich

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Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska is in Munich, where she is expected to deliver a speech at the European security conference, organized by George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

The topic of the address is the successful process of rehabilitation of North Macedonia, relations with South East Europe and beyond.

On the sidelines of the conference, Minister Sekerinska will meet with Deputy Director of the European Center for Security Studies, Johann Berger (Brigadier General, ret).

When the Marshall Center was founded in 1993, its mission was to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships, especially in the field of defense; promoting active, peaceful, security cooperation; and enhancing enduring partnerships among the nations of North America, Europe and Eurasia.

The current mission of the Marshall Center, as a vital instrument of German-American cooperation, is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships; promoting active, peaceful, whole-of-government approaches to address transnational and regional security challenges; and creating and enhancing enduring partnerships worldwide.

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No-decision could bring down the government, says Zaev

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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.

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Opposition mulls pension hike bill

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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.

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Day of Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle a non-working day

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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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