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Taravari: Baroque building should accommodate children with special needs

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Mayor of Gistivar Arben Taravari has suggested that City House in downtown Skopje be converted into an institution for treatment of children with special needs, out-of-home placement for children with disabilities.

“The baroque building, the City House, in the downtown Skopje, is an ideal site to set up a special institution offering all-day stay and treatment of children with special needs. Let’s demonstrate our  commitment to this category of citizens! We have applied for EU membership, and yet, North Macedonia still misses such an institution,” Taravary wrote on his Facebook page.

The Center for Special Needs offers a comfortable, nurturing environment for children and young adults who need round-the-clock supervision or medical care.

City House has been in the midst of quarreling and mutual recriminations between the government and the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party after Skopje mayor Petre Shilegov made it clear that City House cannot accommodate the city administration, hinting at another site in the center of the capital.

The opposition VMRO-DPMNE, on the other hand, alleged wrongdoing behind the plan to sell the building. The party claimed reasonable suspicion of crime behind the sale of the City House.

The City House located just below Kale fortress, was built in 2011 as part of the Skopje 2014 project. The then-mayor, Koce Trajanovski, said the five story building was to accommodate the city administration. The mayor of Skopje was to be seated on the fifth floor.

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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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