Traffic congestion is a complex phenomenon, which requires strategic and global approach within the entire system, within the transportation modes at both national and international level, stressed Minister of Transport and Communication Mile Janakieski in his address at the European Conference of Ministers of Transport on mitigating congestion, taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Speaking at the debate on "Congestion Extent and Outlook", Janakieski said the Macedonian Government conducts analyses and undertakes concrete measures for mitigation of congestion, including pricing, traffic management and investments in infrastructure development.
- While determining the prices, we must conduct analyses on the policies, strategies and measures for improved utilisation and management of the current infrastructure capacities, said Janakieski.
He underlined that the Macedonian Government via its inter-ministry body develops a model of integrated border management by establishing one-stop-shop system for import-export and border control at certain sites on the border crossings.
- The Republic of Macedonia makes efforts for maintenance and rehabilitation of the existing infrastructure capacities, as well as for construction of new ones. Macedonia invests in construction of sections parallel with corridors 8 and 10, construction of railroad network with the Republic of Bulgaria and modernisation of the two airports, Skopje's Alexander the Great and Ohrid's St. Apostle Paul, said Minister Janakieski in his address, adding that the above-mentioned financial investments will contribute to mitigation of traffic congestion and boost of social, economic and environmental benefits.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergej Stanishev delivered welcoming speech at the European Conference of Ministers of Transport. As of 2007, Bulgaria is a new member of the European family, thus it will lobby as well in the pre-accession funds in terms of overcoming the congestion.
The conference resumes with several working sessions.


The monument of Krste Petkov Misirkov - founder of the Macedonian literary language - was unveiled Tuesday evening at the Pella square in Skopje.
The monument is a donation from the "Ramkovski" Foundation and represents a conclusion of foundation's three-month activity with regard to the promotion of the life and work of Misirkov. The bronze monument, weighting 400 kg, was designed by artist Boro Mitrikeski.
Government delegation, led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski attended the ceremony of unveiling. Despite Gruevski, VMRO-DPMNE delegation, Misirkov's descendants and followers laid flowers at the monument.
Krste Petkov Misirkov (1874-1926) in his most influential book "On Macedonian Matters" set the principles of the Macedonian literary language, elaborating that the population of Macedonia owns the right of autonomous existence.
Many famous Macedonian music stars performed yesterday evening at the manifestation.


The Republic of Macedonia received 15 million Euro loan from the World Bank for Trade and Transport Facilitation in Southeast Europe. The World Bank Office to Macedonia reported that the loan was approved on Tuesday.
The following project, which is financed with the loan, will facilitate the movement of trade between Macedonia and neighbouring countries in South East Europe, through the removal of selected border-zone bottlenecks, and improving the efficiency and quality of road and rail services along Trans-European Transport corridor X in Macedonia.
Through the project the improvement of Corridor X will be financed i.e. Tabanovce - Kumanovo road which leads to Serbia which will obtain standards of highway, as well as modernisation of passenger terminal at Blace border crossing. Aimed at better road toll payment of Corridor X, the project will finance the modernisation of passenger payment system and will support the ending of modernisation of telecommunication system along the railroad of Corridor X and will also support the harmonisation of the software applications of Macedonian Railroads and the Customs for registration of cargo.
WB Project leader Paulus Guitink said that the project is part of the efforts of the Republic of Macedonia in facilitating the movement of goods and people to and from the EU countries by improvement of the business environment and facilitation of regional and global trade.
- Southeaster Europe is important transit region for the European Union and its infrastructure is included in Pan-European Network of Transport Corridors. EU identifies Corridor X as one of the five strategic most important European transportation routes and represents a priority in investing and development of this corridor. This corridor forms the backbone of Western Balkans transport infrastructure, connecting Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia with Western Europe, Greece, Turkey and Central Asia, reads the press release.

























The list of laws, that are to be enacted in the Parliament with two third majority, and the critical items outlined at the EU's report on Macedonia were the focal point of Wednesday's talks in the Parliament building between Bundestag members Peter Weiss and Andreas Laemmel and their counterparts from VMRO-DPMNE and DPA.
The talks, attended by VMRO-DPMNE's Silvana Boneva, Oliver Sambevski, Vlatko Gorcev and Aleksandar Spasenovski and DPA's Flora Kadriu, Ruzdi Matosi and Besim Dogani, also focused on the situation in the region and the opportunities for technical cooperation between the Macedonian Parliament and the German Bundestag.
- We briefed the guests on the political dialogue in the Republic of Macedonia and the situation within the Parliament. VMRO-DPMNE and DPA gained the support at European level considering the platforms of the center-right parties, stated Vlatko Gorcev after the meeting.
According to Ruzdi Matoshi, DPA secretary general, the impact of Martti Ahtisaari's Kosovo plan on Macedonia was also discussed at the meeting.
Peter Weiss - deputy-chairman of the Bundestag Group for cooperation with the Southeast Europe - estimating that Macedonia takes the right direction towards EU and NATO, extended hope that the forthcoming EU report (due in November) will reflect Government's efforts and will be better than the previous one.
- German MPs are carefully monitoring the headway made by Macedonia on its road to EU. Macedonia only needs to follow the given directions. EU officials are currently debating on how many new member states the Union is able to accept and under what conditions. But, first and foremost, the EU constitution must be adopted and then to be subjected to certain reforms. Thus, it may open the doors for new members, said Weiss, answering a journalist question on Macedonia's capacity for EU membership.
He said the political consensus, which is now being accomplished in Macedonia, is of great importance. - Nevertheless, Macedonia should decide and define on its own which laws are to create political stability, he added.
Peter Weiss and Andreas Laemmel held a meeting with Parliament Speaker Ljubisa Georgievski as well.