Latest News from Macedonia

Bulgaria to Launch Campaign to Attract Chinese Tourists, Says Bulgarian Tourism Minister

Sofia. China is very important for the European tourism, we seek to promote Bulgaria as a tourism destination in the Chinese market. We are preparing a marketing campaign to attract visitors from China, which we plan to launch next year. Bulgaria's official tourism portal will be available in Chinese after its upgrade in 2019.

'One Macedonia' comment by FYROM PM retracted

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's (FYROM) state-run MIA news agency on Friday changed comments attributed to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev after an intervention by Athens.

Tsipras, Kammenos meet amid tension over FYROM name deal

A day after Greece's junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) took issue with Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias over his remarks that the Macedonia name deal should be ratified by the present Parliament, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday met with ANEL chief Panos Kammenos in an apparent bid to ease tension.

Bulgarian Ossuary in Nis Defiled

Nis. The Bulgarian ossuary in the Ledena Stena area in Nis was defiled, Focus has reported. The walls were spray-painted with offensive scribbles and some slabs were broken.
This is an act of primitive nationalism, Bulgarian Consul General in Nis Edvin Sugarev commented for Focus News Agency.

Tension mounts between foreign minister, ANEL

Cracks with the ruling coalition appeared again on Thursday, with junior partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) taking issue with Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias over his remarks that the Macedonia name deal should be ratified by the present Parliament. 

Frontex to Help Serbia Manage Migrant Challenge

Europe's Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Serbia's Interior Minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic, on Thursday initialed an agreement on cooperation between Serbia and Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

"Serbia to sign Frontex agreement - today"

Avramopoulos, who arrives in Belgrade this Thursday, explained to the daily Blic that the EU-Serbia agreement on the activities carried out by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) will enable the agency's to deploy teams in Serbia to control and the border crossings along with members of the Serbian border police.

Pressure mounts over Athens-Skopje name deal

Cracks appeared on Tuesday within junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) over the Macedonia name deal after one of its lawmakers differentiated his stance from that of party leader Panos Kammenos.

Macedonia Court Rejects Motion to Scrap 'Name' Referendum

Macedonia's Constitutional Court voted by seven to two on Wednesday against an initiative that called for a assessment of the constitutionality and legality of parliament's decision on July 30 to call for a referendum on the Greek-Macedonian "name" deal.

Heavy Truck Traffic on Kapitan Andreevo, Ruse, Vidin and Kulata Checkpoints

Sofia. As of 8.00 am, there is heavy truck traffic at exit from the country on the border checkpoints at Kapitan Andreevo, Ruse, Vidin and Kulata, according to Border Police data. On the borders with Serbia and Macedonia, there is normal traffic on all checkpoints.


EU enlargement chief urges FYROM citizens to back name deal

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will take a big step to joining the European Union if the country supports a name change to "North Macedonia," the official in charge of the bloc's enlargement negotiations said Tuesday. 

Gov't spokesman concedes Lesvos migrant camp at its limits

The migrant reception center at Moria on Lesvos is at its limits, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos conceded on Tuesday in a briefing to journalists.

Responding to a question about the situation on the island, which remains a key destination for smuggling boats from Turkey, Tzanakopoulos said there are around 9,000 migrants living in the overcrowded Moria center.

Zaev: No evidence of Russian interference in referendum

The Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Zoran Zaev said on Monday he had no evidence that Russia has tried to interfere in the country's referendum, slated for September 30.