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Zaev attends V4+Western Balkan summit in Prague

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North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev headed to Prague to take part in the meeting of Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) and the Western Balkan partner-countries.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis hosts a meeting of the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group on Thursday, September 12. This time, partners from the Western Balkan have been invited to the meeting as well.

The purpose of the event is to strengthen cooperation of the two regions. Mainly current European issues will be on the agenda of the meeting, e.g. composition of the new European Commission, Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) after 2020, infrastructure, human resources, education, financial stability or approach to solving the climate issues.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj will skip the summit, citing busy schedule.

The Visegard Group, or Visegrad Four (V4), is a cultural and political alliance of four central European states – The Czech republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, that are members of the EU and NATO – for the purposes of advancing military, cultural, economic and energy cooperation with one another.

The Czech Republic took over the V4 presidency in July 2019 amid different challenges as it must address  the final phase of Multinational Financial Framework (MFF) negotiations, consequences of the expected Brexit, as well as long-standing issues related to security, asylum and migration.

The Czech presidency follows up on the Slovak presidency, aimed at strengthening the Visegrád Group’s position in the EU and NATO while fostering unity and cohesion of the two organizations.

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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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