According to the prognosis released in the report of the Department for analyze and research by the London magazine “Economist”, Macedonia will be an EU member till 2020. Namely, Macedonia is in the group with Turkey and the countries from the West Balkan: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and Montenegro, with exception of Croatia.
The report envisions Croatia to become an EU member till 2010, respectively two years after the announced reception of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007 or 2008. The chief of the Macedonian diplomacy Ilinka Mitreva reacted on this prognosis: “I don’t believe in pessimistic prognosis, but only in the dedication force of the reforms which the Republic of Macedonia will led her in EU”, adding that this country deserves to receive invitation for the next round of expansion.

A happening in the frames of the project “NATO’s Sunday” and motive the Alliance’ Day – 4th of April, in organization of euro-Atlantic council of Macedonia, was held in the City park in Skopje.
Otherwise, the lobbying of Macedonia for quicker reception in NATO is difficult. Only the smaller NATO’s countries-members on the meeting of North Atlantic Council were not against Macedonia, together with Croatia and Albania to get invitation on the Summit in Riga and membership in 2007. The bigger countries-members, among which is also our strategic partner USA, said “NO” invitation till 2008. The Summit in Riga must be a summit of Alliance’s transformation and the Summit in 2008 to be a summit of expansion. USA and other bigger countries-members have had other plans for the following years.


The president of anticorruption commission, Mihajlo Manevski, assured that for the case “Bacilo”, in which Isnifaris Djemaili got 727.000 euros damage from the country for guaranteed around 1000 sheep, horses and other animals, there is no photo documentation. According to him, there are opposite and unfinished things in the expert evidences, too. “The expert evidences are more interested in the value if the cheese or the sheep, instead of confirming the real damage, with inspection at the same place”.
In connection with this case Manevski said that the paid interest of 300.000 euros to possession of the animals is also disputable. For anticorruption commission is not clear that with which helicopters the herd was bombarded, when on that day, according to the documents of the Ministry of defense, the aviation haven’t got military activities.
“The Supreme court will act according to its own competence for the case “Bacilo” if the report by the State commission of corruption preventing will be delivered to the court”, Dane Iliev stated.


Macedonia and Bulgaria will receive 950.000 euros in the first year for border collaboration, from which half of it will be intend for so called little projects, and the rest for realization of bigger investment projects. As the mayor of the municipality of Strumica, Zoran Zaev points out; the means will be directed in the area of housing and construction, communication, public sector and life environment, education, culture and labor market, agriculture, industry, services, trading and tourism, like in the public administration and civil society. The program will last three years and will be financially supported by the European agency of reconstruction. According to the mayor, the aims of this program are these projects to contribute also in development of the border regions in both countries.


The candidate for a president of DIK, for who VMRO-DPMNE and DPA will bargain, will surely be elected by the Assembly. On the telephone conversation the Prime Minister Buckovski promised this to the leader of the opposition Nikola Gruevski. The promise ensued when Gruevski openly said that he fears from the possibility that the parliament majority will play out the agreement the opposition and authority, because they have only one member in the assembly commission of elections and naming. The management of VMRO-DMNE made a list with 10 possible candidates. Neither in VMRO-DMNE, nor in DPA wants to talk publicly who are the possible candidates for president of DIK. According to the information that is circling in the public, most of the candidates are professors from the Faculty of law and the others are famous jurists. The name of the president of DIK was not known till the closing of this title.


The Macedonian courts finished half of the work last year. From more than 1.650.000 cases, judges have solved only 820.000. A conclusion of the annual report’s presentation is: slow and lagging judiciary, unequipped courts and small number of judges, but also enlarged income of new cases. “We have unequal engagement of the judges; we have courts where the judges work under that that we estimate that they can finish the average, poor quality working, not going at work, corruption and other. All of this, in generally, gives a general picture of the judiciary as slow and lagging and inefficient”, the president of the Supreme Court, Dane Iliev stated.

The assembly passed the Law for foreign affairs after 15 years from the acquisition independence of the country. Doing foreign affairs, creating, confirmation and realization of the foreign policy, the way and procedure of doing foreign affairs by the authorities of the Government, the competence, the organization and the work of the Ministry of foreign affairs are regulated with this Law.

Four hotels from Ohrid and one from Struga got certificates that they have skilled personnel. This process was implemented with help of USAID and its Project of competition, precisely with the Cluster of tourism.
The certificates that the hotels “Metropol”, “Flamengo”, “Donco” and complex “St. Naum” from Ohrid and “Ineks-Drim” from Struga got are confirmation for finished training in hotel trade and services. The Cluster of tourism supported by the Project of competition has identified this training as preferential in the efforts for attracting foreign tourists.

The publisher project of the monumental five tomes history of the philosophy by professor d-r Ferid Muhic, titles as “The race of the philosophers”, is a cultural happening par excellence- that is a result of the unusual philosophic habit of one deep philosopher and confirmation of the superb reputation of “Tabernakul” as publisher. The specialty of this project due to the fact that he is authentic, superb and that he confirms the maturity of one intellectual background, in this case ours, the Macedonian background.
The titles of the five tomes are: “Descendants of the Gods”, “Philosophers comforters”, “Philosophers ascetics”, “Philosophers leaders” and “Philosophers from our street”.
The project began with announcing of the first tome “Descendants of the Gods”, with a presentation by d-r Vera Georgieva and professor d-r Kole Jovanovski.

The manifestation “Days of education and career 2006” and “Educational meetings” that are organized in order to help to the Macedonian students with the choice and the selection of their own professional definition, the institution where they will continue the education, company where they would work after the graduation, as well as securing financial means for studying, are in progress at the Skopje’s fair. The manifestation is intended to the students from all grades, as well as the high school students – future students who should make their own selection with the choice of the future educational orientation and institution, and with that to make their own determination.





















Macedonia is facing a very significant stage of its development. The candidate status for the European Union membership is a strong signal not only for Macedonia but also for the entire region. Macedonia should pass another test - the parliamentary elections, which are crucial for the country's future, Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski said Wednesday in his address at the Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
He considers that European institutions should have more flexible approach to states that work consistently on reforms for the benefit of both the countries and EU.
"Macedonia has achieved significant results in regard to security. It has been conducting serious overall reforms - politics, judiciary, administration and business, including the changes to the constitution. Thus, the country is ready for more dynamic EU plan for completion the reform process," Buckovski said.
Macedonia is now a solid example of stability and multiethnic tolerance in the Balkan region, which is the final phase of its redefining - Kosovo status talks, Montenegro referendum and Bosnia/Herzegovina constitutional reorganization, Buckovski said, adding that such circumstances require responsible and constructive approach.
"Macedonia as a successful multiethnic and multicultural model may help in solving the region's problems. The Framework Agreement may be applied in other countries of the region, in particular Kosovo for solving the ethnic problems of Serbian community.
"The European idea has made a radical turn in the mind of Balkan people, who are now favoring cooperation in relations among the countries. More than ever, these people are interested in economic development, progress and perspective of the region, as well as of Europe. Therefore, it is very significant for the democratic world to demonstrate stronger support to Europe-oriented politicians of the region," Buckovski said.


Foreign Minister Ilinka Mitreva briefed Wednesday NATO Ambassadors on Macedonia's reforms necessary for joining the Alliance, such as the adoption of Electoral Code, judicial reforms and implementing the Membership Action Plan.
The forthcoming NATO Summit in Riga will be focused on internal affairs of the organization, which means no decision on Macedonia's or the accession of any other country is to be made, British Ambassador to NATO Peter Ricketts told MIA. He is however certain that the Summit will give credit to Macedonia for its reform progress.
"If Macedonia keeps the pace, I am certain that its wishes will come true," Ricketts said.
He believes that NATO transformation will not slow down the accession of new members, but prepare the organization for their arrival.
Slovene Ambassador to NATO Matijaz Sinkovec reaffirmed the NATO open door policy, saying that all countries aspiring for membership should work on economic, political, security and defense reforms.


Last year was the deadliest for journalists in the past 10 years, reads the latest report of the Reporters Without Borders organisation published on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, May 3.
According to Reporters Without Borders organisation in 2005 3 journalists and 5 media assistants were killed at least 807 journalists were arrested 1,308 physically attacked or threatened and 1,006 media outlets censored.
For the third year running, Iraq was the world’s most dangerous country for the media, with 24 journalists and 5 media assistants killed. 76 journalists and media assistants have been killed there since the start of fighting in March 2003, more than in the 1955-75 Vietnam War.
On 1 January 2006, 126 journalists and 3 media assistants were being held in 23 countries.
The Enemies of Press Freedom Blacklist is an attempt to name all those who have personally committed crimes or grave offences against journalists or media and who are still unpunished.
Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities in the countries concerned to seriously and impartially investigate these cases and to prosecute and punish those responsible.
18 names are on the list so far, based on information gathered by Reporters Without Borders this year. They include police officers, mayors, government officials, soldiers, politicians and members of armed groups and come from a dozen countries.