North Macedonia

EU ministers discuss multi-speed Europe to prepare for enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2023

To enable enlargement of the bloc from the current 27 members, changes to decision-making processes, agricultural policies and regional aid budgets are being considered.

North Macedonia’s PPI down by annual 2.1% in August

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2023

PPI declined in annual terms for the second month in a row after more than a year of increases.

Europe’s toxic air – “severe public health crisis”

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 27, 2023

Europe faces a “severe public health crisis” with dangerous levels of pollution across the continent, according to an investigation by the Guardian newspaper.

North Macedonia announces debut green bond issue

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 27, 2023

Money raised to be used by Energy Efficiency Fund to finance projects focused on environmental protection.

EBRD projects slowdown in Central Europe, robust growth in Eurasia

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

High gas prices, China slowdown and shifts in industrial production contribute to slower growth in Central Europe.

Integrating LGBTI citizens could add $360mn to economies of Serbia and North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 26, 2023

World Bank study shows lost potential in Western Balkan countries from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Greek agriculture devastated for five or more years

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 25, 2023

Storm Daniel wiped out a quarter of Greece’s annual farming production, as a result of deadly flash flooding that submerged fields and drowned livestock.

North Macedonia’s government accused of secret talks with fugitive opposition politician to squeeze through constitutional changes

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 21, 2023

VMRO-DPMNE leader claims government officials in contact with party’s disgraced ex-head Nikola Gruevski in an attempt to split the opposition and pass changes needed to unblock EU talks.

North Macedonia to build one of world's tallest dams

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 21, 2023

Greek concessionaire picked for €1bn Cebren HPP project, first planned back in 1964.

European Commission president calls to ‘complete' the EU through enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen says “history is calling” to expand the EU, but reforms are needed.

Southeast Europe leaders pledge to speed up EU integration process

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 11, 2023

Leaders of Slovenia, Croatia and the six Western Balkans countries will commit to reforms to improve the prospects for the Western Balkan states to join the EU by 2030.

BALKAN BLOG: How realistic is a 2030 accession target?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 5, 2023

When European Council President Charles Michel said the EU and aspiring members should prepare for enlargement by 2030, the response from the Western Balkans was underwhelming.

Skopje protests erupt over cancer drug scandal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 4, 2023

Reports cancer patients at Skopje clinic were given diluted cytostatics while expensive medicines were diverted to the black market.

European Council president says Western Balkans and EU should prepare for enlargement by 2030

Valentina Dimitirevska in Skopje August 29, 2023

Charles Michel says a clear goal must be set to enlarge the EU by the end of this decade.

Serbian president seeks confirmation Ukraine won't recognise Kosovo at Zelenskiy meeting

bne IntelliNews August 22, 2023

Presidents affirm support for each other’s territorial integrity at informal Balkan summit despite Aleksandar Vucic’s refusal to sever ties with Russia.

Flying of Greater Albania flag during Kosovan PM’s North Macedonia visit sparks regional scandal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 16, 2023

North Macedonia’s interior ministry launched criminal proceedings against ethnic Albanian mayors of two municipalities visited by Albin Kurti.

North Macedonia's central bank raises policy rate to 6.15%

bne IntelliNews August 3, 2023

The NBRM started the process of monetary tightening at the end of 2021.

North Macedonia’s industrial output up 3.7% y/y in June

bne IntelliNews July 31, 2023

Growth in industrial production during June attributed to higher output in manufacturing and utility sectors, despite a decline in the mining industry.

Ministers from North Macedonia’s junior ruling party resign to pave way for constitutional changes

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 30, 2023

DUI ministers stand down in attempt to broker deal with opposition VMRO-DPMNE to get controversial changes needed for EU accession through parliament.

Storms follow heatwaves to batter Southeast Europe’s crops

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2023

Extensive damage to crops in region, as deadly storms follow record heat.