PM Gruevski in USA: Macedonia put back on investors map Chicago, November 15 (MIA) - Macedonia has been put back on the investors map and is already aMessage 1 of 1456 , Nov 15, 2008View SourcePM Gruevski in USA: Macedonia put back on investors' map
Chicago, November 15 (MIA) - Macedonia has been put back on the investors' map and is already a serious player in Europe in terms of attracting investments, noted Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski following the Business Forum held yesterday in Chicago under the title "Macedonia - the New Wonder in Europe" in the frameworks of a roadshow carried out by the Macedonian government delegation this week in the United States.
- I'm satisfied with what we have achieved in America, where the Government's team was deeply engaged in presenting the benefits offered by Macedonia for doing business to as many investors as possible, said Gruevski, adding that US businessmen were impressed with Macedonia's tax policies, the progress made regarding regulations, the Cadastre...
It is confirmed, said Gruevski, with the overall estimation given by the World Bank i.e. that an overall progress has been made.
- It is obviously acknowledged by investors and many of them - who plan on expanding their activities in Europe or enhancing it - are seriously taking the Republic of Macedonia into consideration, stressed the PM.
He said that similar campaigns should be organised in the future, whereas the economic promoters appointed in more than 20 countries should be more aggressive in presenting and reminding the investors about the business opportunities in Macedonia and the reforms and favourable policies to be resumed, because "they create good climate and a possibility for investors to focus on Macedonia", MIA reports.
- Regardless of the fact that these are difficult times due to the global financial crisis, investors show interest in Macedonia because they make long-term plans, the Macedonian PM noted.
He reiterated that all measures taken by the Government aimed at attracting investments were for all investors, not only for foreign ones, only now more attention was being paid to them, "because in the past they didn't invest in the country significantly."
- There's room for progress and this is only a beginning, which I believe will improve the situation in Macedonia in terms of investments in four to five years, Gruevski said.
Drawing a parallel considering foreign investments, he underlined that after two years of work by the Government, Macedonia made a breakthrough on the list of foreign direct investment per capita, expressing hope that the country would climb up that list in the years to come.
- It is our plan and objective to open new jobs. Hence, the fight for investments should be considered as a fight for opening new jobs, the PM stressed.
In the frameworks of the Chicago Business Forum, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with the University of Boston for opening post-graduate IT studies in Macedonia.
Gruevski announced the signing of a similar deal with the Roosevelt University in Ohio, which according to him would boost the quality of Macedonia's education system.
The Macedonian government delegation, which was made up of Vice PM in charge of economic affairs Zoran Stavreski, Economy Minister Fatmir Besimi, Foreign Investments Minister Vele Samak and IT Minister Ivo Ivanovski and director of the Agency for Foreign Investments Viktor Mizo, during the week-long US visit organised in San Francisco the business forum titled "Macedonia - Land of IT Experts", whereas in the Silicon Valley - the global IT center - held meetings with managers from Intel, Hewlett Packard, Oracle and Sun Microsystems.Vice PM Staverski: US investors are expected to come to Macedonia
Chicago, November 15 (MIA) - The US investors, with their presence at the San Francisco and Chicago business forums, confirmed that current economic developments in Macedonia present a positive image, positive story that deserves attention, stated Vice Premier responsible for economic affairs Zoran Stavreski after a forum titled "Macedonia - the New Wonder in Europe" held yesterday in Chicago.
It is our duty, he added, to keep on telling that story in an attempt at least some of these investors to come to Macedonia, to open factories and new jobs.
Stavreski said this process was neither easy, nor short and that hard work must be done on daily basis. - In these times, where there are myriad of challenges in the economy, the sound economic polices we've developed and the reforms we've conducted are proving to be useful both for country's growth and for local and foreign investors, MIA reported citing Stavreski.
Assessing the US visit as very successful, he pointed out the fact that the interest for both forums was huge and announced that business contacts would be resumed.
- The investors in some way are surprised with our determination in the midst of a global economic crisis to talk with such an enthusiasm about Macedonia and its investment opportunities. It will be remembered together with the fact that Macedonia in these difficult times is making 5-6% GDP growth rates, whereas the European Commission forecast a 4,5% growth in 2009, said Stavreski, adding it was quite encouraging in conditions where EU and US faced negative rates.
The Vice PM said he anticipated some of the investors to come to Macedonia and expressed hope that other US and European firms would follow the example of Johnson Controls and Johnson Matthey to invest in the country."Days of Macedonian Culture in US" starts in Chicago
Skopje, November 14 (MIA) - The concert performed by Macedonian piano virtuous Simon Trpceski, accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Ludovic Morlot from France, officially marked the start of a manifestation dubbed "Days of Macedonian Culture in US" in Chicago.
A high-ranking government delegation, led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Vice Premier Zoran Stavreski and Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska - Milevska, and many other prominent public figures, businessmen and Macedonians living in Chicago attended the event, the Ministry of Culture said in a press release.
Trpceski, who is set to perform on Friday, wowed the crowd with his renditions of pieces by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Following the concert, the Culture Minister organised a cocktail party on occasion of the manifestation.
"Days of Macedonian Culture", organised for the first time in USA, will last till Nov. 26 not only in Chicago, but also in New York and Washington.Day of Organic Production - Macedonian consumers recognise quality
Skopje, November 15 (MIA) - A Day of Organic Food Production was held Saturday in Ramstore shopping mall under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management.
The manifestation was organised by the Federation of Organic Producers, supported by Sweden's International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA), USAID's AgBiz Program, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Association for Agricultural Marketing and Rural Development "Fagrikom".
- The number of organic producers in Macedonia is increasing every year. In 2005 there were only 50 certified producers with over 200 hectares. By contrast, now there are 150 registerd producers and over 750 hectares, stated Agriculture Minister Aco Spasenoski, speaking at the event.
The Government last year introduced a financial support for organic production amounting to Denar 11 million, whereas this year the subsidies have been doubled.
- In 2009 the support will be boosted, but simultaneous efforts must be made in promoting organic manufacturing in Macedonia, because our consumers lack information, said Spasenoski.
In addition to degustation of organic products and promotion of books on organic agriculture, the manifestation later in the day will also host a panel discussion on opportunities and challenges of the organic production and trade in MacedoniaMacedonian MPs at Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean in Monaco
Skopje, November 14 (MIA) – The 3rd Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) will take place Friday and Saturday in Monaco. This year’s Plenary session is hosted by the National Council of the Principality of Monaco.
Macedonian Parliament delegation in PAM led by MP Ilija Dimovski and MPs Safet Neziri, member and Vanco Kocev, deputy head of delegation, will participate at the session, parliament press office reports.
The plenary session will adopt a number of reports prepared by the Special Task Forces of the respective Standing Committees. The reports deal with the Middle East, Energy, Climate Change, Resource Management, Free Trade in the Mediterranean, Dialogue among Religions, Gender and Equality Issues, and Migrations.
The launching of the "Charter for the Mediterranean," the future political manifesto of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean will feature prominently during this year’s proceedings. In the Charter the commitment to the peace, security and prosperity process will be enshrined in the name of the Mediterranean populations, and this will further confirm PAM’s role as the legitimate forum of the region’s own national parliaments.
Jolevski, Handziski and Ivanov possible successors to Dimitrov
Skopje, November 14 (MIA) – Macedonian Ambassador to the USA Zoran Jolevski, his colleague in Greece Blagoj Handziski and Professor Gjorgji Ivanov are the most serious candidates for Macedonia's new name negotiator, Macedonian dailies read Friday referring to government sources.
Intensive talks have been conducted in recent days with potential successors to Nikola Dimitrov, who was dismissed from his post Macedonia’s special representative in the UN-led name talks with Greece by President Branko Crvenkovski.
The President of the state on Government’s proposal appoints Macedonia's new name negotiator.The Guardian: Southern gas corridor to pass through Macedonia
London, November 14 (MIA) - Europe yesterday stepped up attempts to reduce its exposure to potential Russian blackmail over energy supplies, unveiling an ambitious strategy aimed at weakening Russian giant Gazprom's domination of Europe's gas imports, The Guardian reads.
On the eve of the Russia-EU summit today in France, the energy package released by the European commission highlighted Europe's dependence on Russian exports and sought to devise strategies to wean Europe off the addiction.
Of six energy projects pinpointed for development, commission officials said the two "absolute" priorities were to connect the three post-Soviet Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia to European power grids and to forge ahead with the so-called "southern gas corridor", which is supposed to transport gas from the Caspian basin to Europe while, for political reasons, bypassing the world's two biggest gas producers, Russia and Iran. Both projects are aimed at loosening Russia's grip.
By next year Brussels also aims to have set up a consortium of European companies to buy gas from the Caspian basin, to be shipped to Europe in a new pipeline from Azerbaijan, via Turkey and the Balkans, to Austria from 2013. Gazprom currently controls all the pipelines sending gas to Europe from the east.
Europe currently gets 42% of its gas, a third of its oil and a quarter of its hard coal from Russia. The commission estimates that by 2030 Europe will be importing 84% of its gas needs, up from 61% at present.Macedonia's real sector only victim thus far of global financial crisis
Skopje, November 14 (MIA) - Effects caused by the global financial crisis in Macedonia's financial system and real economy and measures, which relevant institutions have taken or will take in surpassing the possible unfavourable conditions, were the focal point of Friday's session held by Parliament's Financing and Budget Committee, where Minister of Finance Trajko Slaveski and National Bank governor Petar Gosev were in attendance, amongst other experts.
Attendees agreed that effects caused by the crisis can be felt in Macedonia, especially in the real sector, rather than in the financial one, which "distanced the initial challenges."
Minister Slaveski said that the countries could not be immune to the global crisis and that the financial sector has successfully tackled the initial surge. According to him, the crisis at first gripped the production of ore and metals.
Speaking about the banking sector, the Minister said it proved to be resistant due to the fact that banks in Macedonia were well capitalised, mostly relying on domestic deposits and disposed of significant liquidity.
- The Government of Macedonia, together with the Central Bank, are monitoring developments within the banking sector, said Minister Slaveski.
He noted the Government has adopted mechanisms in order to tackle certain problems that might occur in 2009, adding that financial assistance for certain companies was not planned.
- The Government deems there's no need for financial intervention in banks and companies, said Slaveski, emphasising that efforts would be made for providing protection to the citizens.
Furthermore, National Bank governor Gosev focused on the stability of the banking system in Macedonia.
- The banks in Macedonia are stable. They rely on their own financial sources, he stated.
Gosev said the risks derived from the global crisis in the country were entering through the real sector and couldn't be easily determined. - Some of those consequences can be amortized, but not all of it. It depends on how long this crisis will last, Gosev noted.
The National Bank of Macedonia, he said, has taken measures and is developing plans that will be activated in certain situations.
Macedonia presents its tourist potential at World Travel Market
London, November 14 (MIA) - Macedonia presented its tourist opportunities at the World Travel Market - the largest event of this kind - which ended late Wednesday in London.
Officials of the Tourism Sector within the Economy Ministry presented the country's rural and spa offer, based on the great number of health resorts and unique, natural beauty of the villages.
Macedonia has been applying European experiences in developing the rural tourism, which means redirecting to the so-called 'high-class rural tourism, namely leasing or selling of country houses to foreigners, State Advisor with the Economy Ministry Sovket Hazari told MIA.
The World Travel Market is a must attend business to business exhibition that provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade industry to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business. By attending World Travel Market, participants efficiently, effectively and productively gain immediate competitive advantage for their business and stay abreast with the latest developments in the travel industry.
Macedonian-Greek Friendship Association to boost civic cooperation
Skopje, November 14 (MIA) - The Association of Macedonian-Greek Friendship will organize meetings and other activities to meet the demand of citizens of both countries for cooperation.
Chairperson Fanija Ivanovska-Stojmenovska told reporters Friday that the Association's main goal was to intensify the communication, thus contributing to the development of cooperation, friendship between the two neighbouring countries. The Association will collaborate with all Greek organizations interested in such activities, she added.Eagleburger: Obama will nourish friendly relations with Macedonia
Skopje, November 14 (MIA) - New US President Barack Obama will nourish friendly relations with Macedonia, former State Secretary Lawrence Eagleburger told Macedonian national TV program 'People's Voice'
- We wish to support your country to soon join NATO. I am aware that it will not happen immediately, but our politicians will work in yours, Macedonia's favor, Eagleburger said.
He considers the Greek policy towards Macedonia as ridiculus and incorrect.
- There is no reason to be hard when dealing with such simple issue as the name of your country. Greece's moves are wrong, something that other NATO members should understand. The US will try to persuade Greece, Lawrence said.Wood: Diplomatic activities on name dispute settling in progress
Washington, November 13 (MIA) - Diplomatic activities for settling the dispute over Macedonia's name are underway, US State Department Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood responded at a regular briefing in Washington to a Greek journalist about how real is the US wish for Macedonia to be invited to join NATO in December.
- Our position on the name issue is well known. We wish to see it settled. Diplomatic activities are underway to that end, but I do not wish to make any other comments, Wood said.
He said that the new US administration would be briefed in detail on number of issues, including the Balkans.
- Naturally, the Balkans will be one of these issues. It is certain that the name issue will be also covered, Wood saidMacedonian MPs call on OSCE to raise its interest in respecting of human rights in Greece
Skopje, November 13 (MIA) - MPs Vladimir Gjorcev and Andrej Petrov, who are members of the Macedonian delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, sent a letter Thursday to Ambassador Omur Orhun, the OSCE Chairman-in-Office's Personal Representative on Combating Violence and Discrimination against Muslims, calling on the organization to learn more about the respect of the rights of minorities in Greece, including the Macedonian one.
- Considering the status of Macedonian, Turkish, Albanian, Roma, Vlach and other new minorities in Greece, we have been pointing out to this matter on several occasions and call for application of appropriate mechanisms for respecting the human, minority rights, the letter reads.
Earlier the Macedonian delegation filed a motion for OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to discuss on the status of Macedonian minority in Greece, Petrov told reporters.
- We shall make attempts for the matter to be reviewed at one of the next sessions of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly as we care about the rights of our minorities living in the neighboring countries, Petrov said.
It is a high time for Greece to respect the minority rights as all other countries in Europe, Gjorcev said.2009 Draft Budget submitted to Parliament
Skopje, November 13 (MIA) - Finance Minister Trajko Slaveski on Thursday officially submitted the 2009 Draft Budget to Parliament President Trajko Veljanovski.
The procedure of formally submitting the budget to the Parliament is being carried out for a second year in a row in an attempt "to turn it into a tradition following the example of many Western European countries."
Handing over the budget, which was drafted in the past 7-8 months, Minister of Finance Slaveski said it was submitted within the determined deadline - Nov. 15. Speaker Veljanovski estimated the deputies had enough time to focus on the draft-document, since "the economy of Macedonia depends on this essential budget."
The 2009 Budget as proposed amounts to Denar 164.21 billion. The revenues are planned to Denar 153.21 billion and budget deficit is at the level of 2.8% in relation to the planned GDP.
According to projections, more resources are foreseen for 2009 for capital investments in road and railway infrastructure, energy, education, culture, information society and restrictive spending is foreseen in certain points that are non-productive, such as commodities and services.
Tax revenues encompass 59 percent of total revenues, which represents a 9.3 percent increase.
The projected deficit would be financed through foreign indebtedness, including World Bank loans, domestic indebtedness through issuing of state bonds and other forms of indebtedness.
Moreover, the Minister handed over one sample of the 2009 draft budget to SDSM opposition party, whereas the text is available on the Finance Ministry's web site.Over 10 thousand unsolved court cases, sanctions to be applied after June 2009
Skopje, November 14 (MIA) - Over 10.574 old cases opened between 1990 and 2006 in the Macedonian basic courts are still unsolved. Most of them (4.111) are in the Basic Court Skopje 2, 964 in the Basic Court Skopje 1, 2.026 in Kumanovo and 856 in Bitola.
Due to the mounting unsolved cases that present a negative image of the judiciary in Macedonia, Justice Minister Mihajlo Manevski at Friday's meeting with presidents of the Supreme, Appellate Courts and those with extended jurisdiction urged for their resolution no lather than June 2009.
- There's no case that cannot be solved. We exist and work in order to execute the rights and freedoms of our citizens. On that behalf I call on you to urgently take all necessary measures for overcoming this situation that mustn't happen again. Your duties and responsibilities are concrete and unique, stressed Manevski at the meeting.
He announced that those judges who will fail to settle these cases will be bound to assume responsibility.
- Every judge failing to act in compliance with these conclusions and not being able to settle the cases till June 2009 will have to assume responsibility for not doing his/her job properly, the Minister said.
According to Manevski, the reasons for this great number of unsolved cases can be found, first and foremost, in the unsuccessful organisation of courts' activities, subjective shortcomings and in certain instances of corrupted judges.
- The fight against corruption also encompasses tackling corruption in the judiciary. We won't allow the same thing to happen in the future, noted Manevski.
According to studies, the myriad unresolved cases came as a result of postponing the hearings and trials and avoiding legal instruments for preventing abuse and unnecessary delay of court proceduresEU Ambassador Fouere meets DUI leader
Tetovo, November 13 (MIA) - European Commission's progress report on Macedonia and DUI's position on its content were the focal point of Thursday's meeting between party leader Ali Ahmeti and EU Ambassador Erwan Fouere in Tetovo.
- Ahmeti convinced the EU Ambassador that DUI remains engaged in meeting the criteria for membership talks, being one of party's main priorities. The evaluations embodied in the report will serve as a roadmap for DUI officials and members towards fulfilling the criteria, enabling country's prompt EU integration, reads DUI's press release.
At the meeting, Fouere showed interest in the party's preparations for the upcoming local and presidential elections, as well as for the "Hague cases". Ahmeti pledged DUI will be fully employed in ensuring fair, free and democratic elections, reads the press release.
Considering the "Hague cases", the DUI leader reiterated the position of his party that these cases should be treated under the Law on Amnesty, given the fact that the Hague Tribunal failed to launch a trial against LNA and returned the cases to Macedonia.Project for modernization of educational system resumes
Skopje, November 13 (MIA) - The Ministry of Education and Science, in cooperation with the Dutch Government and World Bank, will invest about Euro three million in modernization of the educational process in primary schools. The investment will be realized by a new round of grants, amounting from US$ 10,000 to 30,000.
The second phase of grant programme kicked off Thursday at a meeting that brought together the principals of all elementary schools in Macedonia.
This programme will contribute to realization of the set goal, namely continuous development of human resources and technical equipping as main prerequisites for high-quality educational and learning process, Education Minister Pero Stojanovski.
The project for modernization of the educational process in primary school has been launched in 2004 and will run until 200921. International Bishops' Conference's plenary session ends in Ohrid
Ohrid, November 13 (MIA) - Ss. Cyril and Methodius Pastoral Center in Ohrid in the past three days hosted the 21st plenary session of the International Bishops' Conference (IBC) "Ss. Cyril and Methodius", which summoned bishops and archbishops from the region.
Skopje Bishop, Monsignor Kiro Stojanov expressed content that Ohrid, or the Macedonian Jerusalem as he called it, hosted this significant event. He told the media that IBC participants at the plenary session discussed several topics, including the condition within regional bishoprics, plans and projects for the future.
Moreover, IBC participants yesterday held a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Milososki for talks on current issues related to the situation in the region, the relations existing between the Government, the Holy See and Catholic Church in Macedonia. They also covered the issue of Macedonia's integration to Euro-Atlantic structures and ecumenism in the region.
The Ohrid conference wrapped up with a joint holy liturgy. Its participants also sent a telegram to the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI, who conveyed a special message to the bishops.Producer price of industrial products increased
Skopje, November 13 (MIA) - Producer price of industrial products in October 2008 in comparison to October 2007 are increased by 9.2%.
According to the State Statistical Office data, producer price index of industrial products in October 2008, in comparison to October 2007 is 109.2.
This increase, first of all is a result of the increased of price in the Energy by 7.4%, Intermediate goods industries group, except energy by 15.9%, Capital goods industries by 3.6%, Durable consumer goods by 3.3% and in the group for Non-Durable consumer goods by 5.8%.
The Producer price index of industrial products in October 2008 in comparison to October 2007 in the section Mining and Quarrying is increased by 0.6%. In the section Manufacturing industry is increased by 10.3% and in the section Electricity, gas and water supply is increased by 4.1%.Macedonian Language Day takes place in London
London, November 13 (MIA) - A manifestation dubbed "Macedonian Language Day" was held in London in organisation of the Macedonian Embassy in UK.
Opening the manifestation, Macedonian Ambassador Marija Efremova informed the guests that the Government of Macedonia had proclaimed 2008 for a year of the Macedonian language, thus taking part in observing the international year of languages, initiated by UN and UNESCO.
The manifestation was mediated by Goran Stefanovski, writer and lecturer at the University of Kent, who delivered a lecture on the history of the Macedonian language, dating back to the era of Cyril and Methodius, noting that the south-Slavic dialects had laid the foundations for the Old Church Slavonic language.
Patricia Marsh Stefanovska, who spent 18 years of her life in Skopje lecturing at the Faculty of Philology, focused on the similarities existing between the Macedonian and English language.
Peggy and Graham Reid, former English language lecturers at he Skopje University, read their own translations of poems by Konstantin Miladinov, Koco Racin and Blaze Koneski at the event.
The Macedonian Language Day was attended by several members of the diplomatic corps in London, public and political figures as well as by Macedonians residing in the British capital.Macedonia is 53. in Global Gender Gap Report 2008
Skopje, November 13 (MIA) - Macedonia ranks 53rd in the Global Gender Gap Report for 2008, drafted by the World Economic Forum, sliding down 18 places compared to 2007.
Countries are ranked in line with several criteria that encompass economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment and health and survival.
By contrast with other neighbouring countries, Bulgaria (36), Croatia (46) and Slovenia (51) are higher on the list than Macedonia, whereas Greece (75), Albania (87) and Turkey (123) failed to make significant progress.
Out of 130 countries, Norway is the highest ranking country in the report and is followed by other Scandinavian countries - Finland, Sweden and Iceland. The biggest gender equality gaps this year were detected in Saudi Arabia, Chad and Yemen.T-Mobile sole bidder at 3G tender
Skopje, November 13 (MIA) - Mobile operator T-Mobile is the sole bidder at a tender issued by the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) for granting 3G licences i.e. permissions for using radio frequencies in order to provide public mobile communications networks and third generation services.
According to the conditions stipulated in the tender, the operator will be able to use the licence in a period of 10 years. 50% coverage should be enabled in the first year and additional 30% in the next three years. The 3G licence recipient is required to allow wireless access to the global telecommunications infrastructure.
Mile Veljanov, president of the tender commission, said the 3G licence tender - which is being held for second in a row - is a step forward made by the Government and AEC towards further liberalisation and promotion of telecommunications competitiveness in Macedonia.
- Hence, AEC and the Government observe EU's action plan and make space for wider application of the broadband access all over Macedonia, which opens opportunities for new investments in the field of electronic communications, noted Veljanov.
The first 3G licence last year was granted to mobile operator Cosmofon, which launched this commercial service in AugustSkopje celebrates 64th anniversary of liberation
Skopje, November 13 (MIA) – Skopje celebrates Thursday the 64th anniversary of the liberation from the fascists.
The fighters of the 42nd and 50th National Liberation Division of the Macedonian Army and the 16th Macedonian Brigade liberated Skopje from fascist occupation 64 years ago on this day.
On this occasion fresh flowers will be laid at partisan cemetery in Skopje, the monument of General Mihajlo Apostolski and the monument of the liberators in front of the Government’s building.
Children’s art event “We build our city” will be held at the Museum of the City of Skopje. Also bypass section near Continental Hotel will be put into operation. An exhibition of photographs “PHOTOMEDIA 2008” will be opened Thursday evening at the National Gallery “Mala Stanica” after which a concert of the music bands will be held at the Youth Cultural Centre.
Skopje Mayor Trifun Kostovski will meet the members of the City Council of the Union of World-War II Veterans' of Macedonia and in the evening he will present the “13th November” award. The winner in the sphere of culture is Dr. Vitomir Mitevski of the Faculty of Philosophy for publication “Antique Philosophy.” Vasil Tolevski will be awarded in the sphere of publishing for “Anthology of the Balkan Aphorism.” The winners in the sphere of culture are Gorjan Petreski – for trilogy “Spomenka”, “Memories of Spomenka” and “The Dream of Spomenka” and Blaze Minevski for the novel “Target.”
In the sphere of education the “13th November” award will be presented to “Rade Jovcevski – Korcagin” secondary school for special contribution in improvement of the educational process and the journalist Ivan Gligorovski for his book.
Ballet dancer Goran Bozinov and director Nikola Angelovski are the award winners in the sphere of art, and Koco Cakalaroski, Internal Medicine Physician, is the winner in health and humanitarian activity. Winner in the sphere of sport is Petar Aleksovski – Pepo and Jelena Dimitrijevic, Docent of the Faculty of Tourism – Skopje is the winner in the sphere of the protection and improvement of the environment and tourism for the book “Environment, Tourism and Sustainable Development.”
Students Aleksandar Dimitriev, Branko Ilievski and Bojan Kostadinov are also the “13th November” award winners.
Night running race will take place organised by the Union of Sports of the City of Skopje and Marathon Club Delta.
Also an exhibition of architecture works will be opened and award of “Architecture Skopje 2008” event will be presented in the evening at the Museum of the City of Skopje.
The city of Skopje for the first time has been mentioned by Klaudie Diolomej, under its ancient name "Skupi". In the III century B.C. Skupi was founded by the Dardanians, and later with the coming of the Romanians it came under their rule.
In this period, the city experienced real bloom on several fields, it became a large religious centre with its own bishop. In the year of 518 the city was destroyed by a disastrous earthquake. Wonderful architectonic buildings, numerous public baths and the antic amphitheatre built in a roman style, large basilica with mosaic floors have completely disappeared from the earth’s face. Since then Skupi is not mentioned any more. The Skopje valley got a new city centre called "Justinijana Prima".
By the end of the VI century, in front of the ramparts of the city the Slavic people have showed up, which managed to occupy and to slavicize it for a period of only one century. This area was settled by the Slavic tribe Beregheziti and gives the city the new name Skopje. During the existence of the first Macedonian state and the Macedonian czar Samouil, the city becomes part of the Samouil’s empire. In the later years a lot of conquerors have passed through the streets of the city, Bulgarians, Bysantiums, Serbians. In the year of 1392, the city falls under the Turkish rule. Up to 1453 Skopje was a throne of the Turkish sultans and later it developed in a significant craftsmen and commercial centre. A lot of authors who write about their travels have expressed their delight from the city.
On 25th of October 1689 in front of the city gates, arrives the Austrian general Picolomini with its army. An event with an outstanding significance for Skopje. "I decided to burn the city in order not to leave the enemy something that could be of use to him. Although it is not easy, I decided to turn the city into ashes". From the hillsides of the Vodno mountain, Picolomini was observing the fire: "I am sorry for the houses such as I have not seen at all in this war. The mosques are from the highest quality marble and porphyry, decorated with thousands lamps on a golden plated holders, which one would devote equal attention even in Rome. I feel sorry for the nice antiquities, gardens and places for entertainment." The fire was raging for two days and except the massive stone buildings, the city was completely destroyed. Up until the half of the XIX century, the city could not recover back its previous appearance in front of which the numerous people who write about their travelling have stopped with a delight.
In the XIX century, the city becomes an important traffic centre. Moving towards the countries from the middle east, Napoleon has found out the road through Skopje. A lot of merchants with their endless caravans loaded with various goods have been passing through the city. In this period the city reaches the biggest development of the handicrafts. Later, Skopje begins to change its appearance. After the First World War on the right side of the river Vardar a modern city has been built.
26th of July 1963 is remembered as the longest day in the history of the city. Strong earthquake, of two severe and a few weaker shocks, turned the city into ruins. Numerous cultural monuments were seriously damaged or erased from the face of the earth. In today’s conditions the city is experiencing its own renaissance for many times in its history.SKOPJE, MACEDONIA. Sunday 9 November 2008 ~ Mr. Nicholas Thaw, President of the Jury, announced the winner of the Second Annual “SkupiFestival” International Theater Festival at the Albanian Theater in Skopje during the closing ceremony late Sunday evening.
Before revealing the name of the winning production, Mr. Thaw expressed thanks to Muzbajdin “Muci” Quamili, the Festival Director. Also to Senko Velinov, the Selector, for choosing such a good range of productions from which to choose. He also gave thanks to Besford Idrizi, Osman Ahmeti, Kushtrim Bekteshi, Betim Zeqiri, and Ardian Ajdini as members of the Festival Committee, and to the entire staff at the Albanian Theater for the excellent work they did to ensure the Festival proceeded smoothly. Mr. Thaw saved his greatest thanks for his fellow Jurors, Ndricim Xhepa and Zlatko Slavenski.
Nicholas Thaw announced that the winner has also been invited to perform in the United States as part of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (“MIFA”). “Since 1993 MIFA has hosted the finest examples of contemporary practice in opera, theatre, dance, film, music, and the visual arts from around the world ~ and presenting the winning production from the SkupiFestival to an audience in America is huge! It is very prestigious for the winner to be invited, of course, but it also solidifies the reputation of the SkupiFestival as well as celebrates the arts and cultural scene in the Republic of Macedonia.”
The Judges selected the winning production based on the quality of the text, the production values (meaning directing; acting; and sets, costumes, and lighting). The Jury also considered the overall aesthetics, whether the concept was imaginative, and finally “Did the production change my world?” meaning whether the members of the Jury felt different after viewing the performance.
After thanking the Sponsors, Mr. Thaw revealed the winner: Koper Theater from Slovenia with their production of “Mother” written by Vesna Furnalic Valentincic and directed by Nick Upper. After sustained applause, Mr. Thaw also acknowledged the excellent performances by the Communal Theater from Bulgaria for their production “The Swan Song” and the Theater for Youth from Bosnia and Herzegovina for their production of “Beast on the Moon.”
Nicholas Thaw, Trustee
International Music and Art Foundation
Investments of over EUR 200 million in Gevgelija Published on 15.11.2008 in NOVA MAKEDONIJA on page 10 Domestic and foreign investors invest over EUR 200 million in Gevgelija, conveyed “Netpres”. New production plant of “Imperial tobacco” is constructed with three new halls to broaden the glasshouses near Smokvica. Adjustment towards the European flavors Macedonian snail goes to Italy Around 30 agriculturists will export their entire production in Italy which as the other European countries has great enormous demand Published on 14.11.2008 in DNEVNIK on page 6 Ljupco Satevski
Around 20 tons of snails from Macedonian companies will be this year exported to Italy. The quantity of snails to be exported was produced by around 30 farmers from Berovo, Sturmica, Radovis, Stip, Veles Prilep, Bitola and Skopje. The entire production will be placed on the Italian market.
Currency reserves increased for EUR 19 million Published on 14.11.2008 in VECER on page 8 In accordance with the official data of NBRM, in the first quarter of this year, the currency reserves mark increase trend, reaching a level of EUR 1.543, 4 million, which compared to December 2007 represents increase of EUR 19 million. More important refluxes from the currency reserves are based on the interventions from NBRM on the currency market and the net sale of currencies for the needs of the state. In the first quarter of 2008, NBRM invested the currency reserves in accordance with the Strategy for management of the currency reserves. The most important part of the currency reserves, on average 73, 2% is placed in high quality securities. In the structure of the currency reserves, the gold is represented with 8, 5%, whereas 15% fall off to the currencies on foreign accounts. Food producers in panic The global crisis will destroy the Macedonian agriculture The food producers expect that the long-year importers of our agricultural products will leave us on spring due to the recession Published on 14.11.2008 in DNEVNIK on page 9 Valentina Angelovska
The global crisis will close the elementary industry and will halve the export of fresh fruit and vegetable from Macedonia, fear the food producers.
-It is a fact that the global crisis will not influence our agriculture as the politicians claim and will not avoid us. This crisis we will feel in spring when we will export the early garden crops. The countries where we export due to the recession may not purchase our products – said Branko Baltovski, director of the agricultural company “Agrohemija”.
Canning factories from Gevgelija win over the Finnish market Published on 14.11.2008 in NOVA MAKEDONIJA on page 10 The factories for process and canning of agricultural and fruit products from Gevgelija, “Vipro”, “Pajdakov”, “Hina” and “Altra”, together with representatives of Macedonian Association of Manufacturers (MAP) made initial exporting negotiations on placement on the market in Finland.
Finnish businessmen and trade companies there expressed readiness for business cooperation, not only concerning the import of Macedonian processed products, but also in the domain of distribution and availability of modern technology for production and packaging in this industry. For this purpose, Macedonian delegation headed by MAP visited the famous packaging factory “Tetra Pak” in Finland.
-Macedonia has comparative advantages in the process industry. We were used to be present on the market in Finland only through mediators from the ex YU republics, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, and now we are on the way to making the first independent direct business relations with the highly developed European country- said Viktor Petkov, director of “Vipro”, after his one-week visit to Finland.
Half of the Budget intended for salary, pensions and social expenditures Macedonia received the most volume budget so far of 2.7 billion euros. If we take into consideration that foe salaries and compensations of the Budget around 407 million euros will be separated it turns out that half of the budget is intended for social expenditures, not in developmental purposes. Published on 14.11.2008 in NOVA MAKEDONIJA on page 9 The amount reached over one billion euros which is separated for social benefits for the unemployed persons, transfers to funds for pension and health insurance and the Employment Agency in the draft-budget for 2009. This is around 60 million euros more than this year. Macedonia received the most volume budget so far of 2.7 billion euros. VMRO -DPMNE does not give up on the lustration Published on 14.11.2008 in DNEVNIK on page 3
Reigning VMRO-DPMNE does not give up on the lustration and will insist the legal provision to be enforced during the forthcoming presidential and local elections, according to party sources. The parliamentary Committee for Election and Appointment Issues convened session for Monday, which will probably the last session on which the reigning majority will try to reach consensus with the opposition SDSM regarding the election of committee members for enforcing the “cleansing”.
-We don`t give up on the lustration and we will not crack under the pressure to stop it. If SDSM disagrees the committee will be filed with members of the other parties we have reached consensus with-says the head of the Committee for Election and Appointment Issues, Ilija Dimovski.
On Schengen Black List until 2010 Published on 14.11.2008 in DNEVNIK on page 3
Germany agrees to open dialogue for visa liberalization, but we want to make clear that we strictly consider the required benchmarks. Without progress in the war on organized crime and corruption, the visa liberalization is unacceptable-says the spokesperson of the Germany Ministry of Interior. He points out these reasons why they cannot give concrete date when Macedonia would get on the Schengen white list.
The spokesperson pointed out that Germany has already commissioned seven of its experts to check on field the progress in the border control, documentation safety, but above all, the war on corruption and organized crime. These experts will not act upon reports of nongovernmental organizations such as, Transparency international regarding the situation with the crime and corruption, but will check the situation on field.
The Slovenian presidency over EU and EC at the beginning of the year planned that the Ministerial Council in December to support the visa liberalization for Macedonia, and most probably for Serbia. However, the EU busy calendar, the delay in the preliminary report of EC and the French - German hesitation result into inevitable postponing of the process.
According to the plans, EC was to submit its report on the progress of the reforms in this field to Macedonia and Serbia in the first half of November, after which the French presidency was to convene meeting of the Committee for Western Balkans in November.
Now this plan is undoable and the meeting among the expert and the member state representatives cannot take place before December.
The Russian giant announces great investment in the region "Lukoil" with less investments because of Okta Published on 15.11.2008 in VEST on page 8 Okta`s monopoly limits the investments of “Lukoil” in Macedonia. The investments of the Russian oil giant “Lukoil” will reach US $12, 2 million, from the announced US $ 50 million until the end of this year. It is the least of the investments in the rest of the countries from the region – Bulgaria ($403, 2 million), Serbia ($27, 6 million), Monte Negro ($54, 2 million) and Croatia ($69, 4 million). The terrain for privatization of Macedonian Post is preparing Published on 15.11.2008 in SPIC on page 8 Yesterday, the Ministry of Transport and Communications asks for a consultant through tender who will help in the preparation of a study for partial privatization. The enterprise is in public property, and the announcement of the call represents Government`s intention to take off the public hat of it. The crisis came in Macedonia as well Published on 15.11.2008 in UTRINSKI VESNIK on page 1 The world economic crisis really takes dramatic measures in the country, pressuring the companies and forcing them to dismiss the employees and to lower the extent of their work, as a result of the price decline on the Stock Exchange products and the canceled orders.That there are issues in the real sector confirmed as well Jelisaveta Gheorghieva from the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, who gave overthrown numbers about the decreased extent of work in the real sector. “Feni” dismissed workers on labored vacation. “Silmak” turned off four stoves, which also caused dismissing employees.
Macedonian Orthodox Church Calendar
The Holy Martyrs Acyndinus, Pegasius, Anempodistus, Aphthonius, Elpidephorus and others with them
They were Persian Christians, and suffered in the time of King Sapor, in 355. The first three were servants at the court of this king, but secretly served Christ their Lord. When they were arrested and brought to trial before the king, he asked them whence they came. To this they replied: 'Our paternity and life is the most holy Trinity, consubstantial and undivided, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God.' The king gave them over to harsh torture, and they endured it all courageously, singing psalms and with prayer on their lips. At the time of their torture and imprisonment, angels of God appeared to them several times, and once the Lord Christ Himself, as a man 'with a face radiant as the sun'. When one of the torturers, Aphthonius, saw with wonder that boiling lead did no harm to the martyrs, he believed in Christ and cried out: 'Great is the Christian God!' He was then immediately beheaded, and many others saw and believed. Then the King commanded that Acyndinus, Pegasus and Anempodistus be sewn into goatskins and thrown into the sea. Then St Aphthonius appeared from the other world with three shining angels and they bore the martyrs to dry land and set them free. Elpidephorus was a courtier. When he revealed that he was a Christian, and denounced the king for his slaughter of innocent Christians, the king condemned him to death, and Elpidephorus was beheaded along with about seven thousand other Christians. Then the three first-named martyrs were finally thrown into a burning furnace, along with twenty-eight soldiers and the king's mother, who had also come to faith in Christ. And so, in the flames, they gave their righteous souls into the hands of the Lord.
Poposki-Venizelos meeting fails to make progress, positions of Macedonia and Greece far apart * * * Thursday, September 26, 2013 8:39 PM New York, 26Message 1456 of 1456 , Sep 26View Source
New York, 26 September 2013 (MIA) - Greece's positions have not changed, and there is no indication that the country is ready for settling the name dispute, Macedonia's Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki said Thursday after meeting his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos in New York.Greece's positions are the core of the problem, Poposki told reporters after the meeting, being held at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly."There is no confirmation that they (Greeks) wish to become part of the solution. We may be partners in every other sphere, but mountains are between us in regard to the (name) dispute," Poposki said.
- Thursday, September 26, 2013 8:39 PM