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The Biggest Bulgarian-Macedonian Business Forum Opened in Skopje

The biggest Bulgarian-Macedonian businesss forum was opened in Skopje on 17th of January, reports BNT. 

Bulgaria is represented by a government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, which also includes the Deputy Minister of Economy, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and the Director of the Executive Agency for Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

Bulgaria and Macedonia will Work for Joint Border Control

Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev and Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Kocho Angushev agreed to work together for relieving border crossing formalities and for joint border control, reports BNT.

Greek bond yields down after gov't survives confidence vote

Greek bond yields fell on Thursday after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a confidence vote in Parliament triggered by Greece's approval of an accord to end a dispute over the Former Yugoslav of Macedonia's name. His narrow victory averted a possible snap election.

Turkey recognizes 'Macedonia' by its constitutional name, FM says

Turkey is looking forward to welcoming the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into the NATO family, "without further delay," following the ratification of the name deal with Greece, and recognizes the Balkan nation by its constitutional name, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

Bulgaria will Оpen Commercial Representation in Skopje

Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of the Economy Alexander Manolev and his Macedonian counterpart Kire Naumov will open Bulgaria's new trade representation in the Republic of Macedonia, reports BNT. 

Greek PM Tsipras wins confidence vote, eyes Macedonia accord

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a confidence vote in parliament on Jan. 16, clearing a major hurdle for Greece's approval of an accord to end a dispute over Macedonia's name and averting the prospect of a snap election.

Tsipras wins confidence vote with 151 majority, paving way for Prespes deal

Following two days of vehement debate in Parliament, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a motion of confidence in his government late on Wednesday with 151 votes in favor and 148 against. 

Attention now shifts to a vote on the Macedonia name deal, which is expected to come to Parliament early next week and whose passage is less certain. 

FYROM informs Greece it has completed conditions of name deal

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) sent a so-called note verbale to the Greek foreign ministry on Wednesday informing it that it has completed all the legal conditions required by the deal signed between Skopje and Athens to end a decades-old name dispute.

Tsipras wins vote of confidence from parliament

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a confidence vote on Wednesday, which will pave the way for parliament to ratify an accord he agreed last year with Skopje to end a long dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

ANEL leader accuses former MPs of making deal to keep cabinet posts

Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos accused former party MPs of exchanging their support for the government in a no-confidence vote for their cabinet positions, during a speech in a parliamentary debate on the motion on Wednesday.

"They chose the ministerial position for a vote of confidence," he told lawmakers, adding he will vote against the government.

Moscovici hails Prespes accord in meeting with Tsipras

The European Commission welcomes the Prespes accord for settling the decades old name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday.

Electronic cigarettes seen behind drop in tobacco smokers, study shows

Electronic cigarettes have played a significant role in the reduction of tobacco smokers in Greece, according to the results of a study commissioned by the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, the National School of Public Health and the universities of Patra and Macedonia.

Deputy PM: Tsipras will win votes on confidence and name deal

Greece's deputy prime minister said the government would emerge stronger after winning a confidence vote later on Wednesday and be able to secure parliament's endorsement for an accord to end a dispute over the name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).