Latest News from Macedonia

Kosovars Raise a Pint to Emerging Beer Culture

Kosovars by and large are not big beer drinkers. They drink 13 litres per person on average per year- compared to roughly 150 litres consumed by Czechs in the same period of time.

But for five nights, concluding on Tuesday, the centre of Pristina was awash in all things beer for the fourth annual Beerfest. Organizers estimated that 10,000 people came through on each night.

Corruption Hinders Balkans Energy Sector Progress

The report published by SEE Change Net on Wednesday says that tens of millions of euro have been lost by south-eastern European countries due to high-level corruption in the energy sector.

Minister Tasovac in Macedonia

BELGRADE - Serbian Minister of Culture and Information Ivan Tasovac will meet Macedonia's Minister of Culture Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska on his first official visit to this country on Thursday.

Billy Idol to perform at Calling 2014

BELGRADE - Rock'n'roll icon Billy Idol will be headlining the Belgrade Calling 2014 music festival at Donji Kalemegdan on Wednesday night.

The English superstar, who recently confirmed that his new studio album will be released in October, is on a tour of Europe this summer with his band, which includes guitar legend Steve Stevens.

NATO Rejects Montenegro Membership in 2014

NATO secretary-general Andres Fogh Rasmussen announced after ministerial meetings in Brussels on Wednesday that Montenegro would not be invited to join at a summit in September.

“On Montenegro, we will open intensified and focused talks, and we will assess at the latest by the end of 2015 whether to invite Montenegro to join the alliance,” Rasmussen said.

Macedonia Buys New Trains from China

Macedonian Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski and Transport Minister Mile Janakieski signed a deal on Tuesday to buy four diesel and two electric trains from the Chinese company CSR Corporation Ltd.

The new trains, which can transport around 200 people each, will be enough to carry some 60 per cent of Macedonia’s existing passenger trafic.

Bulgarian President to Attend SEECP Summit in Bucharest

President Rosen Plevneliev will take part in the meeting of the heads of state and government of the South East European Co-operation Process (SEECP) countries on June 25.

This is the highest level of political dialogue in the region in this format, according to the President's press office.

The SEECP was launched on Bulgaria's initiative in 1996.

Macedonian Leaders Meet to Tackle Post-Election Feud

Prime minister and ruling VMRO DPMNE party leader Nikola Gruevski and Zoran Zaev, the head of the main opposition party, the Social Democrats, SDSM, are starting talks on Tuesday in Skopje to discuss ending the crisis that erupted when the opposition disputed the April elections.

Macedonian Roma Actress to Sue Police for Bias

Twenty-eight-year-old Kurtishova, an actress with Skopje’s state-owned Children’s and Youth Theatre, said she was convinced that a police officer at Skopje airport prevented her from boarding a plane simply because she is Roma.

Short story festival in Kikinda on July 2-5

BELGRADE - The short story festival Kikinda Short 09 will take place in five cities and three countries from July 2 to 5, and gather 20 authors from 14 countries who will read their stories to the audiences in Kikinda, Szeged, Timisoara, Zrenjanin and Belgrade, announced the festival organizer, Kikinda Short association.

Bogus doctor arrested in Katerini

A 52-year-old man has been detained on charges of allegedly posing as a public sector doctor in the area of Katerini, central Macedonia, in northern Greece.

RCC presents SEE 2020 Strategy

BUCHAREST - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) has prepared a South East Europe 2020 strategy (SEE 2020) to help governments improve economies and create new jobs, participants of the First meeting of the Governing Board of the RCC SEE 2020 Strategy in Bucharest have said.

54th cycling race through Serbia starts

POZAREVAC - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic announced the start of the 54th cycling race through Serbia in Pozarevac on Thursday, noting that the competition under the slogan "Along the paths of freedom of our ancestors" offers an opportunity to learn more about the tradition of the Serbian army, which made a significant contribution to the Allies' victory in World War One.