After a two-week interruption, Russian gas has reached Macedonia, gas company GAMA director Ratko Manov told MIA.
"Tabs were opened today and the system has started to fill with gas. After obtaining operational levels, we will be able to supply consumers with gas. They have already been notified and are preparing to start using the gas by the end of the day or tomorrow morning at the latest", said Manov.
Due to the gas cutoff since January 6, about 30 Macedonian companies had to use crude oil as alternative fuel. On the other hand, factories "Makstil" from Skopje and "11 Oktomvri" from Kumanovo halted production.


Exhibition "The Unknown Europeans", a journey through the photographs by Kurt Kaindl, including texts by Karl-Markus Gauss on Vlachs in Macedonia, Sephardim in Bosnia&Herzegovina, Arbereshe in Italy, Dagesi in Slovakia, and Sorbs in Germany will be opened in the Skopje Museum on Thursday evening.
The authors' travels produced a book and an exhibition, which try to give an answer to the question what the wider public knows about these groups. They speak about these minorities that have never had the ambition to create their national state, but were capable of defending their culture throughout centuries and bear witness about cultural diversity of Europe.
Austrian ambassador to Macedonia, Alois Kraut and president of the Vlach Community Nikola Babovski will open the exhibition, followed by an address by photographer Kaindl and performance of band "Gramosteami" and soloist Pero Caca.



















































European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the draft-resolution on the progress of the Republic of Macedonia in 2008 with 64 votes "for" and 7 "against", said Wednesday Vice Premier for European Affairs Ivica Bocevski, adding that seven amendments have been also adopted.
"The European Parliament saluted the national and party unity in meeting EU membership criteria. It also perceived the consolidation of political dialogue in Macedonia", stressed Vice Premier Bocevski.
He added that the EP also welcomed progress in the visa liberalization process.
"EP recognised the obstacles that the citizens of Macedonia are facing, since one member country is not recognising our passports. The Parliament urges the European Commission to recommend visa liberalisation and abolition of visas as soon as possible. It also welcomed the progress made in implementing the Stabilization and Association Agreement, the Framework Agreement and the eight EU benchmarks", Bocevski noted.
EP, he added, regrets that the country after having obtained the candidate status three years ago still hasn't launched the accession talks, underlying that the situation is demotivating Macedonia, something which we were pointing out as a fact.
"In this regard, the European Parliament deems that it would be favourable to put an end to this situation, pleading the Council to speed up the process on reaching a decision for start of membership negotiations in 2009. The Republic of Macedonia is pleased to welcome the step made by the European Parliament, welcomes the EP Resolution and anticipates that it will be passed at the plenary session and that other EU institutions will follow suit", stated Vice PM Bocevski.