UNESCO Warns North Macedonia Again on Heritage City’s Status

North Macedonia has done little to fix issues in the past year-and-a-half since UNESCO first threatened to reclassify the lakeside town of Ohrid as an "endangered heritage site", mainly citing persistent problems with unrestrained urbanisation, a draft report by the UN body made available on Monday said.

Government of Bulgaria Grants Financial Assistance to Western Balkans and Vietnam

The government of Bulgaria approved the granting of EUR 112,000 of financial assistance to the countries of the Western Balkans and Vietnam.

The money is for coping with the consequences of Covid-19 and will be used for the implementation of 6 projects in fulfillment of the Team Europe initiative - the global EU response to Covid-19.

North Macedonia Hopes Ohrid Rescue Plan Will Satisfy UNESCO

Ahead of a planned UNESCO inspection due in November, tasked at assessing progress in protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Ohrid region, North Macedonia has drafted a plan to protect the area and prevent it from being put on the list of "World Heritage Sites in Danger".

Bulgaria's Largest Recipient of Development Assistance Is North Macedonia

North Macedonia is the largest recipient of development assistance from Bulgaria. In 2019, Bulgaria has provided over 500,000 euros to the neighboring country, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said. She opened a new social center in Strumica, funded by Sofia with 138,000 euros.