Morning Press Review
- SOUTHEAST EUROPE SUMMIT 2005 FOR DEVELOPMENT OF
The Southeast Europe Summit for Development of
Cooperation began Thursday in Skopje under the
auspices of the Macedonian President Branko
Crvenkovski and EC Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.
Jurgen Gramke, INEA Chairman and former minister in
German Government, opened the summit.
President Crvenkovski at the summit's opening said
that all countries in our Region are headed by leaders
and structures that promote friendship and cooperation
and are committed to the same values and goals, adding
"this is a historic opportunity that we must take
maximum advantage of."
"Countries in the region of Southeast Europe share the
goal of becoming part of the European Union. The fact
that they are at different level in their
rapprochement with the EU does not change the shared
goal. On the contrary, this even more strengthens the
need for comprehensive cooperation and partnership in
making this journey. After all, in parallel with
respecting the specific features of each individual
country, the EU always views issues and relations
among countries in the regional context," Crvenkovski
"The experiences, including that of the EU, teaches us
that today the first prerequisite for attaining
economic development is the establishment of a
functional market economy," he said.
"Another prerequisite for economic development today
is regional economic cooperation. This in fact means
enlarging the domestic markets. A large market is an
advantage for domestic businesses (i.e. domestic
investments) and for inflow of foreign direct
investments," Crvenkovski stressed.
Sarik Tara, Honorary Member of DEIK, said that the SEE
region both in geographical and the number of the
population covers significant part of the European
"In the 20th century we have witnessed great
historical events. SEE region was the place where many
tragedies happened," Tara said. He pointed out the
importance of tolerance and equality to all because
there are over 40 ethnic groups and many religions in
The Institute for European Affairs, Institute for the
Danube Region and Central Europe and Foreign Economy
Relations Board of Turkey organise the summit.
About 150 Heads of State and Government, senior
officials and many European businessmen will share
opinions on applying appropriate measures for
supporting the region's peace and stability, democracy
and economic prosperity.
BUCKOVSKI AND BARBASO DISCUSSED EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE
Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Preparations of the Republic
of Macedonia for European integration and its
expectations for gaining EU candidate country status
by the end of the year were topics discussed by the EC
Enlargement Director General Fabrizio Barbaso and
Macedonian PM Vlado Buckovski.
Positive momentum in the process of Macedonia's
integration into the EU should be used, EC Enlargement
Director General Fabrizio Barbaso said. EC in 2005
will focus on two main tasks assessing the given
answers of the EC Questionnaire and following the
progress of the Republic of Macedonia. From there the
period by October 2005 should be used for intensified
carrying out reform processes, Buckovski and Barbaso
The government is firmly determined to fulfil its
obligations mainly in organising fair and democratic
local elections, successful conduct of the
decentralisation process, implementation of the
judiciary reforms and realisation of recommendations
and obligations from European partnership, Buckovski
PM Vlado Buckovski informed Barbaso on plans for
passing two laws from Framework Agreement, which
should regulate the use of symbols and languages of
the ethnic communities.
PM Buckovski once again presented the initiative for
sending 15-20 Macedonian interns in several key EC
Directorates and reiterated Macedonia's preparedness
to host the forthcoming Regional CARDS Conference,
press release from Prime Minister's Cabinet reads
BOTH US AND GREECE FOR EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE OF
MACEDONIA, US DIPLOMAT SAYS
Athens, March 10 (MIA) - The US and Greece have same
positions on numerous issues among which are fight
against terrorism and building stability in the
Balkans, the US Ambassador Charles Ries said late
Wednesday during a meeting organised by the Hellenic
Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).
"You call Macedonia 'the Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia,' and we call it 'the Republic of Macedonia'
but both countries believe that the best thing for
this country is the European perspective," US diplomat
He welcomed the Greek's declarative support on issue
of Turkey's integration in the EU, Thursday's edition
of Greek-based newspaper Naftemporiki reads.
BUCKOVSKI, DJUKANOVIC MET
Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Macedonia and Montenegro have
no open issues and should focus on improvement of
mutual economic cooperation and to promote regional
cooperation as one of the main prerequisites for
sooner entry of the region in the Euro-Atlantic
integrations, Macedonian and Montenegrin PMs Vlado
Buckovski and Milo Djukanovic assessed Thursday.
Buckovski said that today's meeting is a proof of
permanent good cooperation between the two countries
and an opportunity for discussion of future steps for
accomplishing mutual goals.
"I will pay a visit to Montenegro in June accompanied
by governmental and business delegation, whereat
Macedonian possibilities will be presented and details
in organising business forum which is planned to be
held by the end of this year in Skopje, will be
discussed," Buckovski said, announcing intensified
contacts with Montenegro especially on economic
PM announced holding of a trilateral meeting of Prime
Ministers of Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro in May
2005 in Skopje.
Montenegrin PM Djukanovic shared the same opinion as
Buckovski that the economic cooperation between the
two countries should improve since there were no open
issues that should be resolved.
He said that Montenegro should follow the experience
of Macedonia on the road to Euro-Atlantic integration.
"Macedonia has advantage in relation to Montenegro on
this road, having in mind the problems that we had in
functioning of the state union Serbia and Montenegro.
We are happy about Macedonia's advantage and closer
European future to all countries in the region since
we believe that it will bring Montenegro closer to
Euro-Atlantic integration," Djukanovic said.
Montenegrin Prime Minister Djukanovic participates at
the Southeast Europe Summit for Development of
Cooperation, which takes place in Skopje March 10-11
Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Vice-Premier Radmila
Sekerinska and EC Enlargement Director General
Fabrizio Barbaso expressed satisfaction Thursday in
Skopje with the course of dialogue on Macedonia's
answers to the European Commission questionnaire.
The officials agreed that Macedonia should keep up
with reforms during the preparation of EC avis,
particularly in regard to power decentralisation
process, public administration, judicial system and
combat against corruption.
Sekerinska and Barbaso also discussed on Macedonia's
readiness to take over more responsibility in managing
projects, financed by the European Union, the
Vice-Premier's Cabinet said in press release
VICE PREMIER SEKERINSKA MEETS SERBIAN COUNTERPART
Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Macedonian Vice Premier
Radmila Sekerinska met Thursday with Serbian Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Economic
Relations, Miroljub Labus.
The meeting focused on mutual cooperation in the
Euro-integration process. Vice Premier Sekerinska
presented Macedonia's path in the process of EU
approximation, the current decentralization process,
judicial reforms, as well as the pending
implementation of the Framework Agreement.
On the other hand, Labus informed about Serbia's
preparations for EU approximation, with a focus on the
economic field. The Serbian minister emphasized the
importance of knowing the Macedonian experiences, with
a necessity for greater cooperation.
Furthermore, Sekerinska stressed that there was always
a necessity for larger regional cooperation, for the
purpose of improving Balkan's image in the European
BULGARIAN CULTURAL INFORMATION CENTER OPENED IN SKOPJE
Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Branko Crvenkovski and Georgi
Prvanov, Presidents of Macedonia and Bulgaria,
Thursday opened Bulgarian Cultural Information Centre
at the Bulgarian Embassy in Skopje.
Promotion of the centre is in accordance with the
agreement on reciprocal opening of cultural centres
signed April 2003 between Macedonia and Bulgaria.
The goal of the centres is affirmation of culture and
traditions of Macedonia and Bulgaria, exchange of
experiences and more direct acquaintance of the
citizens of the two countries with cultural
characteristics of the neighbouring country.
"Opening of such cultural information centre in two
countries is a new form of communication not only
between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of
Bulgaria but also for entire region, which undoubtedly
needs intensified friendship, cooperation and mutual
understanding," President Branko Crvenkovski said at
the opening ceremony.
He pointed out the great role of the culture in
creation new space for dialogue and cooperation.
"Culture and art with their freedom in expression can
become a moving force in surpassing prejudices,
strengthening mutual confidence, understanding,
respect and acceptance of differences," Crvenkovski
Bulgarian President Georgi Prvanov assessed that
opening of the Cultural Information Centre (CIC) is
one of the most significant event in the relations
between the two countries in the last 15 years.
"For a long time we have debated over the culture and
history and now the time comes to show that common
things are more important than things that separate
us," Prvanov said.
"Opening of CIC offers new opportunities for
development of relations and it is the best
illustration for the European future of the two
nations," Prvanov said, who participates Thursday at
the Southeast Europe Summit in Skopje.
Both presidents announced opening of Macedonian
Cultural Information Centre in Sofia in one month.
DELEGATIONS OF MACEDONIAN AND FRENCH TRANSPORT
MINISTRIES MEET IN PARIS
Paris, March 9 (MIA) - Delegations of Macedonian and
French Ministries of Transport and Communications had
a meeting in Paris, organized by the French Embassy in
The guests were briefed about French experience with
the reconstruction of the railway, road and air
traffic in accordance with European directives and
The hosts expressed readiness to grant assistance to
Macedonia in its restructuring processes by including
French experts and training of Macedonian personnel in
French officials consider that partnership programs,
which are part of the European Union Stabilization and
Association Agreement with the Western Balkan
countries, may be an efficient instrument for swift
harmonization of the Macedonian with European
legislation related to transport and communications.
The delegations also discussed an idea for opening
regular Paris-Skopje airline.
SKOPJE FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS ON FRIDAY
Skopje, March 10 (MIA) - Film "Illusion" of Macedonian
director Svetozar Ristovski will open Friday the 8th
edition of the Skopje Film Festival, which will last
until March 20.
"Illusion" will be followed by the projection of
US-Colombian co-production film "Maria Full of Grace",
which won the "Silver Bear" at the Berlin Film
Festival for best female in a leading role, and had an
"Oscar" nomination in the same category.
The ten festival days will include over 80 films. The
program is divided in the standard programming
sections: Open Zone, Contemporary World Film, Regional
Program, Short Film Program, Documentary Film, along
with a Children's Program, and a Program of Norwegian
and Italian Films.
Among the renowned films, the festival will present
British-French co-production "Vera Drake", which won
the Venice "Golden Lion" and an "Oscar" nomination;
co-production film "Whiskey", winner of the FIPRESCI
award at the Cannes Film Festival; German-Italian
co-production "Hitler-the Last Days", an Oscar nominee
for best foreign language film; co-production "2046",
nominated for the Cannes "Golden Palm"; US film
"Palindromes", "Golden Lion" nominee; "Oscar" nominees
"The Motorcycle Diaries" and "The Sea Inside",
controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" of Michael Moore etc.
Film "Life is a Miracle" of Emir Kusturica is to close
the 8th Skopje Film Festival.
Skopje, March 10 - Moderately cloudy with sunny
periods with occasional rainfalls and low snowfalls
with northwest wind in the afternoon. The temperatures
will range from 2 to 7C.
Moderately cloudy in Skopje with temperatures up to
The temperatures measured at 07:00 hours ranged from
-10C in Popova Sapka, -9C in Lazaropole, -7C in
Mavrovo, -6C in Krusevo, 5C in Kriva Palanka, -4C in
Ohrid and Prilep, -3C in Berovo, -2C in Bitola and
Tetovo, -1C in Kumanovo and Vinica, 0C in Skopje,
Demir Kapija and Stip, 1C in Strumica, 3C in Dojran to
4C in Gevgelija.
Atmospheric pressure is 982 hPa and relative humidity
Local elections 2005
Skopje - Coalition "Together for Macedonia to hold
pre-election rallies in Tetovo, Gazi Baba, Radovis,
Strumica, Konce, Centar Zupa, Mavrovo - Rostuse, Debar
and Cesinovo-Oblesevo municipality.
Bitola - VMRO-National Party to hold a rally in
At the website of the World Association of Newspapers
(WAN), a list of newspapers with longest tradition in
the world was issued. Nova Makedonija newspaper is on
89th place in a competition of hundred thousands of
Catastrophic fire at the Greek meat industry near
Skopje. "Nikas" factory burnt to ashes.
The chances Ljube Boskovski to be freed from any
indictment are larger, unofficial information says
from Hague Tribunal.
Macedonia prepares for new floods.
Due to snow melting and possible rainfalls,
hydrologists expect rising of 300 million cubic meters
of water. The biggest danger of floods threatens the
TODAY IN HISTORY
1953 - The first edition of the "Educational Worker,"
an official newspaper of the educational workers of
the Macedonia was published. Since November 11, 1992,
this is the newspaper of the Ministry of Education and
1965 - The Macedonian writer, Stale Popov died in
Skopje. In 1953 he published the novel "Patched Life"
and after that the novels "Tole Pasha," "Kalesh Anga"
and "Dilber Stana." His other famous history novels
were "Dangerous Earning" and "Mariovo Fair." He was
born in the Melnica village, at the Mariovo region,
May 25, 1902.
1992 - Instead of the term "Milicia" that was used for
the members of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the
Republic of Macedonia, the term "Police" came into
Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar
St Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople
His predecessor, Patriarch Paul, secretly left the
patriarchal throne, retired to a monastery and
received the Great Habit. This was during the reign of
Irene and Constantine. By Paul's advice, Tarasius, a
senator and advisor to the Emperor, was chosen as
Patriarch in 784. He quickly passed through all the
stages of ordination and became Patriarch. A man of
great physical stature and great zeal for Orthodoxy,
Tarasius accepted this undesired state in order to
help in the struggle of Orthodoxy against heresy,
especially that of Iconoclasm. He was responsible for
the summoning of the 7th Ecumenical Council in Nicaea
in 787, where the iconoclasts were condemned and the
veneration of the holy icons was restored and
con-firmed. Tarasius was very compassionate to the
poor and indigent, building them shelters and feeding
them, but he was decisive with those in power in the
defence of faith and morals. When the Emperor
Constantine divorced his lawful wife, Maria, and took
a kinswoman to live with him, seeking the Patriarch's
blessing to re-marry, Tarasius not only withheld his
blessing, but first counselled and then reproached
him, and finally excommunicated him, as death
approached, those round him saw him answering the
demons: `I am not guilty of that sin, nor of that
one', until he was incapable of speech. He then began
defending himself with his arms, driving them away
from him. As he breathed his last, his face shone as
with the light of the sun. This truly great hierarch
entered into rest in 806. He had governed the Church
for 22 years and four months.
- UNDP recommendations for faster economic development of Macedonia
Skopje, October 26 (MIA) - Insufficient integration of the Macedonian economy in the world economy, unfavourable business climate and poor functioning of domestic institutions as well as too big political influence on economy are the weaknesses noted by the expert group engaged on Macedonian government's request by the UNDP.The Blue Ribbon Report launched Thursday in Skopje includes several recommendations and measures that should be carried out in Macedonia aimed at achieving economic development. Experts recommended measures that will lead to maintaining good and safe macroeconomic policies, business expense reduction, re-examination of state's role, building confidence in the institutions, reforms directed toward providing future economic prosperity as well as country's preparation for EU accession.The report also reads that Macedonia should achieve medium term balanced budget, to expand its market and increase home export capacity and to decrease the foreign trade barriers. It promotes urges for quick country's capital account liberalisation, decreased government's presence in the economic sector, tax system reforms and further privatisation of those activities, which are not of essential government's importance.Working group leader Joseph Brada said that the measures included in the report were mutually connected and they need to be fulfilled by a certain order aimed at achieving the goal. They are given for a period of 10 years because the economic development is a long-term nature of the process.Members of the working group expected that Macedonia after 10 years with carrying out the recommendations in this report will achieve continuous economic growth and will create new jobs and reduced unemployment by at least one half, the economy will be fully integrated in the global economy, significantly stronger institutions and corruption and excessive regulation will be significantly decreased.UNDP resident representative to Macedonia Maria Luisa Silva Mejias said that the report's goal is not only its launching but also is to enhance and maintain growth.She recommended the government to start a new wave of reforms for better integration of Macedonia in the global economy, to support the dynamic of the private sector and to improve the effectiveness of the state sector.Macedonian Deputy PM Zoran Stavreski said that the report included series of expert policies, which will be of significant assistance to the Macedonian Government aimed at fulfilling the most important economic wished to Macedonian citizens.He said that Macedonia will continue to carry out certain quality economic policies and at the same time will give new impulse and dynamic to certain measures which will bring more dynamic economic development and will compensate what was overlooked.PM Gruevski visits Germany on FridaySkopje, October 26 (MIA) - Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski will pay one-day visit to Federal Republic of Germany on Friday.PM Gruevski is scheduled to meet Germany's President Horst Köhler and Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber during the visit, reads the press release.He will participate at the International Conference organised by Association of South Eastern Europe and Konrad Adenauer Foundation entitled "West Balkans, Political Order, Economic Stability and International Efforts", where he will deliver an opening speech.Minister Milososki activities before the Riga NATO SummitSkopje, October 26 (MIA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Milososki met Thursday with NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Minuto Rizzo, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Operations Ambassador James Perdue, as well as US and UK Ambassadors Victoria Nuland and Stewart Eldon respectively at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.This visit, realised on the onset of NATO Summit in Riga, aimed towards Macedonia's candidacy reinforcement for prompt integration, reads Ministry's press release.Minister Milososki introduced the interlocutors to Government's program, underlying Macedonia's ongoing efforts for complete NATO integration, as well as Macedonia's further participation in the peacekeeping NATO missions. He also reiterated his expectation that the Riga Summit would appropriately evaluate Macedonia's progress and would provide clear signal regarding NATO's invitation for membership in 2008.The interlocutors expressed their gratitude for Macedonia's participation in NATO-led missions. They stressed the fact that Macedonia is an old and stable partner, thus its efforts would be highly evaluated.The meetings were also focused on the situations in the region, especially the future Kosovo status.Minister Milososki delivered a speech before the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in the course of his visit to BrusselsInternational tender for new mobile telephony operator to be announcedSkopje /26/10/ 07:44An international tender for third mobile operator in the Republic of Macedonia will be announced in the media and published in the Official Gazette.
This was agreed today by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, Agency for Electronic Communication and the expert from the European Reconstruction Agency, Ton de Liefde.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communication recommended to the Agency for Electronic Communication to announce an international public bidding, aimed at more efficient utilization of the bandwidth and promotion of competition in the area of mobile telephony, an announcement says.
The Ministry of Transportation said that main goals of the move are to attract foreign investments and lowering the prices of the operators' services.Sanader says Croatia will join EU in 2009Brussels /26/10// 11:49Croatia will join the European Union in 2009 and it will become the 28th member of the bloc, Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said in an interview with Corriere della Sera.
Sanader said he didn't believe that EU's institutional reform could slow down Croatia's accession although the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso recently hinted at the possibility for enlargement pause.
"I met with Barroso in Helsinki few days ago and he told me that enlargement pause did not refer to Croatia. He told me we would become the 28th member. The reform of EU institutions is a process that could go on along with accession talks. The two things could be wrapped up by 2008," Sanader told Corriere della Sera.
He added that even if the EU institutional reform stalled, there is another perspective - amendments to the Treaty of Nice.
Sanader stressed that opinion polls conducted recently in EU member-states show that EU nations back Croatia's entry bid.Minister Konjanovski visits BavariaSkopje, October 25 (MIA) - Macedonian Minister of Local Self-Government Zoran Konjanovski will visit Bavaria on October 25-27 for meetings with the State Secretary with the Ministry of Interior in charge of local government Georg Schmidt, and representative of the Bavarian State Office and co-chairman of the Macedonian-Bavarian Committee - Mihail Hinterdobler.The visit is aimed at boosting the institutional cooperation for realization of projects on supporting local units, in particular expert and technical assistance in utility and fire0fighting services, the Ministry of Laocal-Self Government said Wednesday in a press relase. gv/lk/15:43Institute on Macedonian Literature observes 25th anniversarySkopje, October 25 (MIA) - An international scientific symposium and presentations of about fifty participants will mark Wednesday and Thursday the 25th anniversary of the Institute on Macedonian Literature.The institution is comprised of six departments for research of Macedonian literature, 20 employees and a library with over 5,000 titles. It cooperates in projects, scientific gatherings and seminars with similar institutions in Slavic countries, while future priority is networking with western European countries.Director Loreta Georgievska-Jakovleva stressed that the institute especially nurtures international cooperation, with an ongoing preparation of a database and an Internet website.The formal session also included addresses by Skopje University Rector Gjorgji Martinovski, Deputy-Education Minister Jovan Lazarov and Faculty of Philology Dean Maksim Karanfilovski.Croatia cannot influence Kosovo status - MesicBitola, October 25 (MIA) - Asked whether Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku asked him for Croatia's lobbying for the province's independence, Croatian President Stjepan Mesic stated Wednesday in Bitola that his country cannot influence that process in a positive or negative manner.That process develops without our participation, and we cannot have any influence. Ceku acquainted me with the negotiating process, but he was mostly interested in the mitigation of travel of Kosovo citizens to Croatia and vice versa. He proposed the opening of a special airline Zagreb-Pristina, which would benefit both Kosovo and Croatia, stressed President Mesic.The Croatian President, who pays a two-day official visit to Macedonia, opened Wednesday the country's honorary consulate in Bitola.ROTOOctober 26VecerDemolition of City Stadium started - Builders laundered 5 million Euro?Makedonija denesSME Forum promoted. The government established link with the private sector.Utrinski vesnikTetovo citizens scared from bloody political disagreements. The officials in the city appointed by the central authority have been replaced.VestMinister Jankulovska answers the speculations - I am not pregnant and I am not resigning.Everyone can eavesdrop for 100.000 Euro.Armed robbery in the village of Saraj - Teteks bank robbed.DnevnikGermany discovered the investors of the hotel near City Stadium - the credit for the building in Skopje bankrupted the bank in Hamburg.VremeMinister Janakievski started first. The war with the urban mafia.###FaktiAbductions trigger problems-Mobsters endanger the Albanian business. Law and order bodies severely criticised for the incapability for handling the abductions, while the Interior Ministry has no strategy of eliminating businessmen abductions.Resumption of the Law on Police session. -Fadil Sulejmani divorces DUI.Tetovo 2006 fair opened. -Approximately 50 publishers are presenting the Albanian literature.Demolition of the building loft in City Park started. -Urban mafia deals with the Albanian Ramadani by mistake. "This is classical discrimination", comments the German investor with Albanian origin Fali Ramadani who proves the building legality with 16 documents.Weather forecastSkopje, October 26 - Sunny with moderate cloudiness and foggy in the ravines in the morning. The temperatures will range from 19 to 26C.Similar weather in Skopje with temperatures up to 22C.Road condition reportSkopje, October 26 - The flow of the traffic on the road network is normal without any prohibition or restriction for all types of motor vehicles.Skopje - Veles highway is closed due to bridge repair works. The traffic will be redirected to the opposite section of Veles - Skopje highway in two lanes. New regime will increase the time needed for travelling and decrease the safety due to which the drivers are reminded to drive very carefully. The maximum allowed speed is 80 km per hour. The construction works are expected to be finished in one year.Drivers are reminded to adjust their speed and driving actions to the conditions especially on higher places and lanes where landslide is possible.The intensity of traffic is moderate outside the urban areas, and the same condition is taking place on the border crossings where there aren't any longer delays needed for accomplishing all the customs formalities.RELIGIOUS CALENDARSOctober 26St. Zlata of Meglen, New-MartyrSt. Zlata was born in the village Slatino, in Meglen area of Aegean Macedonia. Her parents were poor. Once she came out for water and some shameless Turks intercepted and took her in their house. One of them asked her to become Muslim and marry him, but St. Zlata responded: I believe in Christ and He is my groom; I'll never give him up. Than her parents and sister came trying to persuade her to give up Christ and marry the Turk, but she refused. Than the Turks put her in jail and whipped her every day in the next three months. Finally they hanged her and cut her body to pieces. St. Zlata Meglenska gave her life for Christ in 1796.