The opposition VMRO-DPMNE party blamed the government of “ruthless borrowings at the expense of the Macedonian citizens”, noting that the national government debt inched up by 8 million euros. The party claims the net public debt in the past two years exceeded 500.000 million euros.
“Where does the taxpayers’ money go? The government spends the citizens’ tax money ruthlessly. The country has high national debt at 50% of its gross domestic product (GDP). Unfortunately, the citizens have seen no project of the government of SDSM and Zoran Zaev,” the opposition party said in a press release.
The debt-to-GDP ratio is the ratio of a country’s public debt to its gross domestic product (GDP). By comparing what a country owes with what it produces, the debt-to-GDP ratio indicates its ability to pay back its debts.
“Macedonia’s economy is on the brink of collapse. Zarev must immediately take off his pink-colored glasses and face the fact that more than half a million people in Macedonia survive on one bland meal a day, which is quite bellow poverty threshold,” VMRO-DPMNE says.
Mickoski: It’s time to unite against these kamikaze politicians
It is time to stand up against the harmful policies of the current government, Hristijan Mickoski, the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, told a rally in Gevgelija Thursday night.
“Through these outreach activities, let us start a wide-ranging debate with the citizens of Macedonia to hear their real problems and then offer appropriate solutions for their real-life problems, unlike those sitting in cozy armchairs in the government premises and in Brussels,” Mickoski told the supporters in Gevgelija.
“And this is not a hollow rhetoric, this is not a philosophy, but an attempt to get closer to our fellow citizens through interactive communication. We want to show the people that Macedonia can do better and that the politicians can behave properly – politicians who always deliver on their promises,” he added.
“We will try to show that not all politicians in Macedonia are the same, to show that the current perception that politicians are the same all over, We will show that not all politicians are liars and thieves. This is our battle, this is the battle of our generation whether we are 5, 50, 55, or 80 years old. We are all the same generation today and we share the same fate.”
“The final showdown begins today. Today I announce the great victory of VMRO-DPMNE and the Coalition for Better Macedonia. Today, I invite all those who think that Zoran Zaev’s and SDSM’s policies are wrong to join us,” Mickoski said and reiterated his call for early elections.
Merkel: Giving Balkan hopefuls an European perspective will pay off
The chances for reaching a consensus at the EU summit to set date for opening negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania are not good, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag Thursday morning, before heading to Brussels for a key EU summit.
Chancellor Merkel said granting North Macedonia and Albania an European perspective will ultimately pay off.
The two Balkan countries are awaiting a decision on whether they can start EU accession talks, after EU ministers failed to reach anonymity on the issue amid France’s opposition.
Merkel said she will try to convince those at the summit who are not yet convinced about initiating the membership talks with the two countries, Deutsche Welle reported.
“I have to tell you, however, that the chances of us reaching a consensus are not good,” Merkel has said.
New border crossing with Bulgaria to boost development of border areas
The construction of a new checkpoint at North Macedonia-Bulgaria border, along with stimulation of small and middle-sized enterprises (SMEs) in border areas will be a top priority of the future Cross Border Cooperation Program to be implemented by the two countries co-financed by EU grants.
These are the highlights and main objectives set out at the first meeting of the Joint Task Force on Development of Cross Border Cooperation Program between the two countries for the period 2021 – 2027.
The meeting, which took place at the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Affairs, was co-chaired by Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Regional Development Denitsa Nikolova and Dimitar Vanchov of the Ministry of Local Government.
“The construction and development of transport links between the two countries is a top priority, it will improve the socio-economic features of border areas to the greatest extent, thereby contributing to the development of EC priorities in the development of the regions,” Nikolova said. The working group (task force) has introduced certain innovations within the program in order to reduce administrative formalities. A small project has also been set up to support entrepreneurs in the training, production capacity improvement etc.,” the Ministry of Local Government said
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