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Tusk to meet Pendarovski, Zaev

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President of European Council Donald Tusk will embark on an official visit to Skopje on Tuesday.

Government sources say Tusk is to meet with President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

A joint press conference is scheduled to begin at 12:15.

Tusk’s visit is ahead of an expected decision to set a date for launch of North Macedonia’s EU accession talks in October.

Earlier this year, the EU postponed a decision on whether to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania until later this year. The European Council made the announcement on June 18 following a meeting of European and foreign ministers in Luxembourg.

The conclusions agreed at the gathering said that “in light of the limited time available and the importance of the matter, the Council will revert to the issue with a view to reaching a clear and substantive decision as soon as possible and no later than October 2019.”

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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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Spasovkski announces reductions on traffic violation fines

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The vice-president of the ruling Social Democrats (SDSM) and Minister of Interior, Oiver Spasovski, told a panel in Kicevo that fines for traffic offences will be reduced soon.

“We continue with policies that help the citizens reduce their expenses and find ways to save money. After cutting down the penalties for companies and individuals, I am pleased to announce here in KIcevo that in the coming months we will table a formal proposal to amend the legal provisions which will significantly reduce the penalties for traffic offences,” Spasovski told the attendees.

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