Donnerstag, 30. Juni 2011

New law brings new concept of criminal procedure

Judges, prosecutors, attorneys and police officers taking part in the implementation of the revised law on criminal procedure are undergoing basic training for its implementation.

Aneta Arnaudovska, the Head of the Academy for Training of Judges and Public Prosecutors, the new law introduces a new concept of criminal procedure – a new system in establishing relations between all participants in the procedure.

The purpose of this law is to ensure that public prosecutor takes up a leading role in the investigation, to establish a system of relations between the prosecutor and judicial police and to grant the court a new role throughout the investigation and throughout the trial.

“The whole system of criminal proceeding has been changed in an effort to boost efficiency of the proceeding, but at the same time it strengthens the rights and the freedoms of the parties involved. New measures have been introduced in terms of strengthening the role of defense counsels, who may present their own evidence during the investigation,” Arnaudovska said.

“The new regulation will diminish the role of the magistrate during the investigation, introduce a pre-trial judge tasked to safeguard the human rights and oversee the work of the prosecutor and the judicial police, she added.

Justice Minister Mihajlo Manevski underlined that all conditions have been created for the implementation of the law law on criminal proceeding, following thorough and extensive preparations.

“All participants in the implementation of the law on criminal procedure must be well aware of their powers,” Manevski said.

The Head of OSCE Mission to Skopje, Ambassador Ralf Breth, attended the ceremony marking the start of the training courses. He mentioned certain challenges that need to be addressed – inefficient legal proceedings and lack of confidence in fair and independent judiciary.

The OSCE Mission to Skopje published handbooks to help ensure that the procedure in criminal cases is unified and standardized on all levels of the judiciary. The publications focus on the right to legal defense, the introduction of cross-examination and plea bargaining, and the law's changes with regards to investigations, including the use of special investigative measures.

The OSCE Mission organizes training courses on the new law for judges, prosecutors, attorneys and police officers. The courses are organized in co-operation with the Academy for the Training of Judges and Prosecutors.

Macedonia's parliament passed the revised Law on Criminal Procedure in 2010, with its implementation slated to begin in 2012.

Macedonia on verge of economic comeback

With a predicted growth rate of 3% this year, Macedonia is well on its way to an economic recovery, according to an IMF study this month. Experts came to Skopje to assess Macedonia's economic and financial state as part of the country's Precautionary Credit Line review. Macedonian authorities reiterated their commitment to achieving this year's fiscal deficit target of 2.5% GDP and to reducing the deficit nearly 2% by the end of 2012.

Albanian and Chinese officials met in Tirana on Monday (June 27th), where they agreed to boost economic and trade co-operation. In talks with Chinese Deputy Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha invited Chinese investment in the country, citing its rich mineral resources as well as its lucrative hydro-power and tourism industries.

The Saudi Development Fund has approved a $25m loan for construction of the Tirana-Elbasan Highway in Albania. Saudi Ambassador to Tirana Abdullah Abdulaziz al-Abdulkarim announced the news at a meeting with Albanian Finance Minister Ridvan Bode. The 2% interest rate on the loan will have a maturity period of 25 years with a 5-year grace period.

Bulgaria's economic health remains tied to neighbouring Greece's uncertain financial future, reported international consulting firm Ernst & Young in its latest summer forecast. An uncoordinated Greek debt restructuring could lead to a considerable tightening of credit throughout the eurozone. Unless the European authorities step in to ameliorate the situation, the EU could face severe repercussions. Bulgaria could experience increased stress on its banking sector coupled with waning export demand.

EU countries that are not eurozone members may be asked to join efforts in rescuing Greece from its debt crisis, according to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. His country holds the rotating EU presidency. Orban believes that non-eurozone countries may be asked to provide a certain amount of their EU funds to help Greece.

Montenegro and the World Bank commenced talks on an $85m loan to support the country's financial system. According to Jan-Peter Olters, resident representative of the financial institutions in Podgorica, the credit may be disbursed in late 2011 or early next year.

On Monday (June 27th), the IMF approved a $683m stand-by payment to Romania after the country managed to cut its budget deficit to $1.75 billion in March. Authorities in Bucharest plan to treat the payment as "precautionary", according to an IMF statement. The statement explains that "Further efforts are now needed to implement deeper and challenging structural reforms in the state-owned enterprise sector in order to secure the economic gains from earlier reforms and enhance opportunities for investment and growth."

A potential withdrawal of Greek banks from the Romanian market will not have a serious impact on the local banking sector, according to the US-based financial company JP Morgan. Experts believe that local authorities have the necessary resources to provisionally take over branches of Greek banks active on the market and sell them to other financial groups later. Moreover, the National Central Bank would be able to absorb the shock in the case of such a development.

Turkey's national air carrier Turkish Airlines was named the best European airline at the 2011 World Airlines Awards during the Paris Air Show on June 22nd. Skytrax, the world's largest airline review website, determined the winner from a poll administered among 18.8 million airline passengers from 100 countries. Turkish Airlines also won awards for "World's Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat" and "Best Airline Southern Europe".

Construction of Serbia's first solar power plant began on Monday (June 27th). The ceremony was held at Mt. Zlatibor in the south. The 5mW facility will be located 6km from the centre of Zlatibor. The first stage of construction is expected to be completed in spring 2012.

Lierse enters talks with Boban Grncarov

Boban Grncarov could soon have a new team as he has begun talks to join Belgian club Lierse.

Numerous newspapers in Belgium are reporting the Lierse interest in Macedonian CB Boban Grncarov. The team has begun talks with Grncarov with the hope of signing him to strengthen their defense. Grncarov is currently a free agent after spending the past two years with APOEL. He initially wanted to re-sign with APOEL but the two sides could not agree on a new contract. Grncarov wanted a three year deal while APOEL was not willing to offer more than two years. In the end, Grncarov made 43 appearances and scored eight goals during his two years with APOEL. He was able to play in the Champions League group stages during the 2009-2010 season and Grncarov played in all six group games against the likes of Chelsea, Atlético Madrid, and Porto.

Grncarov has played in Belgium before so it shouldn't be a big adjustment as one of his former teams includes Gent. Grncarov is coming off a very good season where he was a regular for the Cypriot champions APOEL and scored six goals from the CB position. He is very tall and all six goals came on headers from corner kicks or free kicks. Grncarov is dominant in the air but like many big defenders, he does struggle with little, speedy attackers. Boban has made 21 appearances for the Macedonian national team and has scored one goal against Norway in a World Cup qualifier. He has recently overtaken Igor Mitreski to become the starter for Macedonia but he made a huge blunder in the Ireland game earlier this month that gifted the opponents a soft goal.

His potential new team Lierse finished 14th this past season in the Belgian top division and they barely avoided relegation. Former Macedonian international Nderim Nedzipi played for Lierse in the past before he was released last year.

Basketball: MZT Skopje verpflichtet Noah Dahlman

Former Wofford basketball standout has signed contract to play basketball overseas.

Noah Dahlman has signed a two-year contract with MZT Skopje in Macedonia. Dahlman, who is a three-time All-Southern Conference player, helped to lead the Terriers to consecutive Southern Conference titles in 2010 & 2011. He ranks 5th in Wofford basketball history by scoring 2,013 points in his career at the Spartanburg college. In 2010 he was named Southern Conference Player of the Year. He will begin his league play in October.

T-Mobile Macedonia offers new roaming data packages

T-Mobile Macedonia launched Travel & Surf, a new mobile internet roaming offer launched as part of a Deutsche Telekom initiative of offering mobile internet abroad at low prices. Under the terms of the offer, packages with self-explanatory size indicating names S, M, L are available for 3, 7 or 10 days at MKD 149, 349 and 649. In addition, T-Mobile prepaid and postpaid customers are offered a roaming call tariff of MKD 0.11 per minute until 30 September by activating once an add-on priced at MKD 111.

UEFA: Trans Narva 1-4 Rabotnicki

Rabotnicki will ease into the second round after beating Estonian side Trans Narva with 4:1 away in Tallinn, thus succesfuly starting their European campaign.

After 16 minutes Krste Velkoski opened the score with a goal from a free kick, but the Estonians tied the result 1:1 just 10 minutes before half-time.

In the beginning of the second half, captain Borce Manevski scored for Rabotnicki for a new lead. The Estonian team made three substitutions and tried to tied the score once again, but than Rabotnicki put Filip Petkovski in the game who increased the scoreline to 3:1 just four minutes after coming into the match.

The win was secured by newcomer Vlatko Grozdanoski in the 88 minute for a final score of 1:4. The return leg will be played in Skopje on 7 July.

Kemet Electronics Corporation launches investment in Bunardzik in amount of Euro 25 mln

The construction of a new plant in the Technological and Industrial Zone near Skopje was launched Thursday. The investment is by US company Kemet Electronics Corporation in amount of Euro 25 million, which plans to open 500 jobs. This is the forth factory which is being built at Bunardzik zone.

The cornerstone laying ceremony was attended by PM Nikola Gruevski, Vice PM and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski, Vice PM for Economic Affairs Vladimir Pesevski, Economy Minister Fatmir Besimi, US Ambassador Philip Reeker, CEO of Kemet Electronics Corporation, Per-Olof Loof and many others.

"Today we are launching yet another investment - this time it is a US investment by Kemet Corporation, which is one of the biggest electronic components manufacturer in the world," Gruevski said addressing the ceremony.

He added that within a year - the period planned for construction of the plant - production of capacitors for various electronic devices would begin.

"Signs showing that Macedonia's economy is reviving, while the global economic crisis comes to an end, are more and more obvious. It is being demonstrated by the latest data on growth of industrial production, growth in the construction sector, GDP growth as well as data on reduction of the unemployment rate and boost of investments, the premier said.

Company's CEO Loof said the idea to invest in Macedonia was conceived after watching the "Invest in Macedonia" ad on CNN.

Vice PM Pesevski noted that reforms and measures taken by the government to attract foreign investments were producing results. "The fact that Kemet Electronics decided to invest in Macedonia is a proof that the offered benefits are competitive," he added.

The investment also was welcomed by US Ambassador Reeker saying that economic development in Macedonia was a goal not only of the United States, but also his personal goal, which is envisaged by the US-Macedonia Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Company's headquarters are located in South Carolina. Manufacturing facilities are located in Mexico, China, Italy, England, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Indonesia, Germany and Bulgaria. The product line now includes the world's most complete line of surface-mount and through-hole capacitor technologies across tantalum, ceramic, aluminum (organic and electrolytic), film, and paper dielectrics. The company markets its capacitors to a large and diverse group of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers, and electronics distributors around the world. Production is measured in the billions of pieces per year.

Antonio Milososki vom Ministerposten zurück getreten!

Milososki steps down from ministerial post

Antonio Milososki will not serve as minister of foreign affairs in the new government, which is due to be formed by Prime Minister-designate Nikola Gruevski. The reasons for stepping down from the post are personal and family-related, he told a press conference on Thursday.

Milososki noted that his decision was not motivated by politics, but rather by human and family matters.

"I reached a personal, family decision not to be part of the future new government of the Republic of Macedonia. There was trust, the road was opened to continue together, however sometimes priorities must be revised - family or personal career. I think that at this moment I should make the family obligation my priority. I'm young, there will be other chances for political challenges," Milososki stressed.

He elaborated that the Premier had been informed about his family reasons six months ago, but their discussions were held under discretion and were resumed after the parliamentary elections. Speaking at the news conference, Milososki announced that as a deputy in the Parliament he would most probably chair the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Thus far, he underscored, he served as minister of foreign affairs with enthusiasm, full commitment and huge honor in representing the national interests of the Republic of Macedonia. During his political career Milososki said he had the opportunity to collaborate with several Macedonian politicians. "But, I have never had the chance and honor to cooperate longer, better and with great trust with someone like the president of the government, Nikola Gruevski and our cooperation will resume," Milososki stressed.

"I firmly believe that in the history of Macedonia's foreign policy there haven't been a better moment of joint and coordinated collaboration between the president of the state, the premier and foreign minister regarding all issues that are of national priority, including issues covering the Greek-Macedonian dispute," Milososki said.

Asked to name his successor, he said that several options were being mulled, refusing to speculate. "VMRO-DPMNE has great human potentials and I'm convinced that there are several capable people who could serve as good foreign ministers," Milososki stated.

Commenting whether his resignation would affect the Macedonian-Greek discussions on the name, he pointed out that this government had set and would be setting as high priorities the deserved membership in NATO and start of EU accession talks, knowing that the sole obstacle in the process was the Greek-Macedonian bilateral row over the constitutional name. "The government has made a lot of effort to overcome the issue and it will not stop here, further activities will be conducted," Milososki said.

"As a minister of foreign affairs who has acquired political and diplomatic capital in relation to some issues, including the bilateral name dispute, I'm aware that I should be at disposal to those who will be chosen as my successors," Milososki concluded.

Antonio Milososki served in his capacity as foreign affairs minister from 2006 onwards.

Und der nächste: Tuvalu sagt Republik Mazedonien!

Wie das makedonische Auswärtige Amt informierte, hat die Konstitutionelle Monarchie Tuvalu die Republik Mazedonien unter seinem verfassungsrechtlichen namen anerkannt!!


Министерството за надворешни работи на Република Македонија како и неколку медиуми денес објавија дека вчера попладне, во просториите на Постојаната мисија на Република Македонија при ООН, биле воспоставени дипломатски односи под уставно име со државата Тувалу.

Тувалу е 132 земја со која Македонија воспоставува дипломатски односи под устaвното име. Благодарност до оваа земја која иако е мала по население и територија за нас е значајна исто како и секој друга земја која не признала под уставното име!

Информации за Тувалу од македонската Википедија:

Thank You Tuvalu for saying Macedonia !!!

SKANDAL: Kosova Aktuell und Max Brym bezeichnen Makedoniens Regierung als "Regime"


Kosova, Mazedonien, Albanien - Einige unorthodoxe Gedanken

Geschrieben von Max Brym
Mittwoch, 29. Juni 2011
In Kosovo demonstrierten am 22. Juni mehr als 10.000 Menschen, gegen Not, Privatisierung und Diebstahl.
In Skopje, Mazedonien demonstrierten vor allen Dingen Jugendliche seit dem 18 Juni- gegen das dortige Regime.
Die Wut in Mazedonien, wurde ausgelöst durch einen polizeilichen Tötungsakt, an einem Jugendlichen. Der junge Mann wurde im Polizeigewahrsam genommen und dort solange malträtiert bis er starb. 

Herr Brym,
das ist eine dreiste LÜGE!!!!!!!!!
Der Junge wurde Opfer eines Gewaltverbrechens auf dem HAUPTPLATZ MAKEDONIJA in Skopje, während der Siegesfeier der Partei VMRO-DPMNE die ihren Wahlsieg feierte! Die Polizei hat mit der direkten Tat NICHTS zu tun, außer das der Täter Mitglied einer Spezialeinheit in Makedonien ist, er handelte NICHT nach Befehl! Ihr Artikel ist eine Zumutung für jeden der etwas von Journalismus und WAHRHEITSGETREUE Nachrichten Übermittelung hält.
Es scheint so, als haben Sie bewusst diese falschen Informationen ERFUNDEN und auf Ihrem "Schmierblatt" platziert, denn nach diesen groben Verdrehung der Tatsachen, müssen wir Ihr Medium so Bezeichnen!!

Ihr Artikel ist eine Zumutung und eine reinste Ansammlung an Lügen und Hetze gegen Makedonien
Sein Verbrechen war gegen die gefälschten Wahlen in Mazedonien protestiert zu haben.
Der Junge der getötet wurde, war Mitglied der VMRO-DPMNE, also der Siegerpartei. Ich würde Sie Bitten sich besser zu informieren. 
Über mehrere Tage sammelten sich in der „Mutter Theresa Straße“ hauptsächlich Jugendliche, um gegen Wahlfälschung,

Das ist eine peinliche Unterstellung, es geht nur um "Polizei Gewalt". Sie sind das einzigste Medium WELTWEIT, dass von Wahlfälschung spricht!!!
Ihre journalistische Unfähigkeit zeigen Sie allein schon mit der Tatsache das Sie nicht mal wissen, dass die Protestierenden sich bei dem "Mutter Theresa Gedächtnishaus" versammeln, und diese Strasse heißt MAKEDONIJA und nicht wie von Ihnen angegeben "Mutter Theresa Straße" 
Polizeiterror und für soziale Gerechtigkeit zu demonstrieren. Der Protest von tausenden war ein Protest ohne jegliche ethnische Kategorie. Es demonstrierten Albaner, neben Mazedoniern und Roma. Dieser Protest der die Mantra von -teile und herrsche in Mazedonien durch ethnische Teilung durchbrach, könnte eine Vorbildfunktion für die komplette Region bekommen. 
Auf der Website des ORF ist zu lesen: " Die täglichen Proteste gegen die Polizeigewalt in der mazedonischen Hauptstadt Skopje gehen heute schon in die vierte Woche. Die Demonstranten, mehrheitlich junge Menschen, fordern nun Änderungen des Innenministeriumsgesetzes und die Bildung eines unabhängigen Gremiums zur Kontrolle der Polizeiarbeit. Der Vorschlag soll dem am Samstag konstituierten Parlament zugestellt werden, nachdem 10.000 Unterschriften für die Forderung gesammelt sind, meldeten mazedonische Medien. Den Anlass für die täglichen Protestkundgebungen lieferte der Tod eines 22-jährigen Mannes. Er war am Rande der Siegesfeier der regierenden VMRO-DPMNE nach der vorgezogenen Parlamentswahl in der Nacht auf den 6. Juni in Skopje von einem Sonderpolizisten zu Tode geprügelt worden

In Griechenland wird der Massenprotest des Volkes gegen die Regierung und die unsozialen EU Diktate angegriffen mit sogenannten patriotischen Parolen. Rechte griechische Faschisten bemühen sich ,die 500.000 Albaner in Griechenland, in Gegensatz zu ihren griechischen Klassenkollegen zu bringen. Dieses Spiel kann und darf nicht aufgehen. Mazedonien war in den letzten 10 Tagen ein Beispiel wie man gemeinsam, unabhängig von der Nationalität, um soziale und demokratische Rechte kämpft. Albanien wiederum taumelt von einer Krise zur nächsten. Jeden Tag wird irgendwo in Albanien ein Streik gegen die extreme Ausbeutung geführt. Was fehlt ist eine wirkliche Gewerkschaft und eine wahre Arbeiterpartei. In Kosova versucht der EU- Kolonialismus, die Menschen dauerhaft in verschiedene nationale Eierschalen zu pressen. Dort wurden ethnisch serbische Parallelstrukturen geschaffen. Diese verhindert die Annäherung zwischen Albanern und Serben in Kosova. Ich habe folgendes positives Szenario im Kopf- 1. Der soziale Marterpfahl in Griechenland wird verbrannt und die Regierung gestürzt. 2. Die Massen in Albanien erheben sich und stürzen die neoliberale Regierung Berisha. 3. Die Menschen in Kosova verjagen die EU Mission und stoppen den Privatisierungsprozess. Anschließend wird in freier Selbstbestimmung entschieden ob Kosova ein eigener Staat wird, oder sich mit Albanien vereinigt. Auch die Frage ob die Menschen zu Serbien gehören wollen, wird abgestimmt. 4. Mazedonien explodiert, die Massen organisiert in Räten erobern die Macht.

Unmittelbar in der Revolution in Permanenz, stellt sich die Frage wie die Wirtschaft gestaltet werden soll. Klar ist, mit der EU ist in sozialen Dingen nichts anzufangen. Nötig ist eine enge Kooperation der genannten Staaten auf sozialer Grundlage, um die Ökonomie zu entwickeln. Letzteres geht nur mit demokratisch sozialistischer Politik. Weder die Sozialdemokratie noch der alte Stalinismus kann helfen. Im Gegenteil, ein Leben in sozialer Gerechtigkeit ist ohne persönliche Freiheiten nicht zu haben. Notwendig ist die wirklich demokratisch legitimierte Macht der Arbeiterklasse, im Bündnis mit Intellektuellen und der Bauernschaft. Die Revolution mit dem Ziel eine eng kooperierend Föderation, der sozialistischen Balkanstaaten zu schaffen ist unumgänglich.


Mittwoch, 29. Juni 2011

Interior Minister Jankuloska at ministerial conference of the Salzburg Forum

Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska pays a two-day visit to Kitzbuhel upon an invitation of the Austria's Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, where she will take part at ministerial conference of the Salzburg Forum.

Salzburg Forum expanded its activities in the past period in the sphere of intensifying the cooperation between EU member states and SEE countries, Macedonian Interior Ministry said in a press release.

The ministerial conference will be dedicated to the future of the Schengen zone border management, tendencies of common European policy on asylum and the visa liberalisation.

Interior Ministers will discuss accomplishments in the field of international police cooperation especially through the prism of international institutions.

Polish Interior Minister Jerzy Miller is expected to present agenda of his government during Poland's EU presidency, which starts on July 1.

Moreover, Interior Minister Jankuloska is expected to deliver an address at the conference.

Mazedonier tanzen auf Schlitzer Marktplatz

Beim 40. Schlitzerländer Trachtenfest vom 8. bis 11. Juli treten in diesem Jahr die Ensemble-Mitglieder der 1945 gegründeten Gruppe „Orce Nikolov“ aus der mazedonischen Hauptstadt Skopje auf.

Stand einst die Idee im Vordergrund, landestypische Bräuche, Volkstänze, Musik und Trachten zu bewahren, so wollen heute die Tänzerinnen und Tänzer aus hoch entwickelten Rhythmen, eleganten Bewegungen und der faszinierenden Kombination von Zärtlichkeit und Männlichkeit ein Choreographie-Kunstwerk zusammenfügen. Die Darsteller von „Orce Nikolov“ verstehen sich als „Hüter des nationalen Erbes“.

Neue Glieder, Taufen und besondere Aktionen in der EmK Makedonien und Serbien

Insgesamt 26 Gemeinden gehören zur EmK in Makedonien und Serbien. Sie sind mit vielen Herausforderungen konfrontiert, haben aber auch Grund zur Freude und Dankbarkeit.

So haben sich in den letzten Tagen 34 Personen indie EmK aufnehmen lassen. Sie hatten zuvor einen Vorbereitungskurs absolviert und wurden nun von der Gemeinde herzlich begrüßt. Freude, Gebet und Dankbarkeit, die Superintendent Wilfried Nausner in seiner Predigt als besondere Kennzeichen eines Lebens in der Gemeinschaft mit Gott hervorgehoben hatte, prägten auch diesen feierlichen Gottesdienst. In Skopje waren zuvor während vieler Jahre keine Glieder mehr in die Kirche aufgenommen worden.

Am 19. Juni 2011, wurden in Murtino/Makedonien gleich fünf kleine Kinder – vier aus Murtino, eines aus Monospitovo – von Pastor Mihail Cekov getauft. Auch hier war die Freude der Gemeinde groß, und die Glieder versprachen aufrichtig, die Eltern zu unterstützen und den Kindern auf deren Glaubensweg durch ihr Beispiel voranzugehen.

Computerkurs für Jugendliche

Am 20. Juni 2011, begann im Diakoniezentrum «Miss Stone» in Strumica/Makedonien ein Computerkurs für hörbehinderte Jugendliche. Den ganzen Sommer hindurch werden diese nun jeweils an drei Tagen in der Woche Gebrauch von Computer und Internet geschult. Die sechs Kursteilnehmenden stammen aus Strumica sowie umliegenden Dörfern und werden von zwei Lehrern betreut. Neben dem Dienst an alten Menschen ist das Engagement für behinderte Kinder und Jugendliche eine zweite Priorität des weit über die EmK hinaus bekannten Diakoniezentrums »Miss Stone«.

Spielmobil und Fernsehen

Die EmK-Gemeinden Kovacica, Pivnice und Kisac – alle in Serbien – wurden in den vergangenen Tagen vom Spielmobil des Evangelisationswerkes der EmK in Deutschland besucht. Zum Auftakt wurde in Kovacica ein fröhliches Sonntagschultreffen mit über 70 Kindern und 40 erwachsenen Begleitpersonen aus verschiedenen Gemeinden durchgeführt. Anschließend wurde am selben Ort ein dreitägiges Spielfest durchgeführt. Die Zahl der am Programm teilnehmenden Kinder wuchs dabei von 45 auf 65 an; außerdem waren bis zu 25 Erwachsene anwesend. In Kisac waren es gar rund 120 Kinder, die sich auf der Hüpfburg oder auf dem Trampolin vergnügten, Tischfußball spielten, den Erdball in Bewegung brachten und noch viele andere Spielmöglichkeiten nutzten. Es wurde an diesen Tagen jedoch nicht nur gespielt – Lieder und Geschichten aus der Bibel waren ebenso wichtig. Die Mitarbeitenden der organisierenden Gemeinden wollten den Kindern nicht einfach nur Spaß und Unterhaltung bieten, sondern ihnen auch davon erzählen, dass Jesus Christus sie liebt, dass sie ihm vertrauen können und dass er ihnen hilft, selber Gutes zu tun.

Die Fernsehgesellschaft TV Vojvodina, deren Sendegebiet die ganze Vojvodina und Belgrad umfasst, produzierte eine 30-minütige Reportage über diese besonderen Veranstaltungen und über die Arbeit der EmK in Serbien. In diesem ausführlichen Filmbeitrag wurde unter anderem auch der Kindergarten der EmK-Gemeinde in Pivnice thematisiert, und mehrere Mütter äußerten ihre große Dankbarkeit für den wertvollen und vielseitigen Dienst dieser Einrichtung. Die Sendung, die den Eindruck einer fröhlichen, lebendigen und glaubwürdigen Kirche vermittelte, wurde am vergangenen Sonntag, 26. Juni 2011, um 11.30 Uhr ausgestrahlt.

Es sind einerseits engagierte Mitarbeitende der EmK in Makedonien und Serbien, welche all dies möglich machen. Daneben leisten aber auch viele Menschen in Deutschland und der Schweiz einen wichtigen Beitrag, indem sie dem Fonds Mission in Europa und Connexio Spenden zur Verfügung stellen: für das Diakoniezentrum «Miss Stone» in Strumica, für den Kindergarten in Pivnice, für die Arbeit mit Kindern und Jugendlichen in Serbien sowie für die Gehälter der Mitarbeitenden. Dass dieses Zusammenspiel Früchte trägt, ist Grund zu großer Freude und Dankbarkeit.

Anmerkung: Einen dank auch von unserem Team für die Bemühungen und Hilfe! DANKE!

USAID completes "Judicial Reform" project in Macedonia

After four years, the USAID Judicial Reform Implementation Project (JRIP), a $6.2 million project, has completed its activities aimed at assisting Macedonia’s judiciary in improving its efficiency, openess, and performance. “Judicial reforms are critical for Macedonia’s economic and democratic development, but also ensure that the citizens of this country have access to timely and impartial justice,” stated USAID Mission Director Robert Wuertz. “Macedonia has taken important steps in recent years to adopt the legal framework required for an efficient and independent judiciary. Full implementation of the judicial reforms is still underway and we encourage you to stay the course in completing them.” JRIP key results include: 
  • Deployment of an automated court case management system in all 33 Macedonian courts, training of 2,300 system users, and provision of 560 computers and other technology infrastructure upgrades; 
  • Installation of a system for audio recording of court trials in 80 courtrooms; 
  • Reduction of backlogged cases older than three years by 64% in the courts of Bitola appellate region; 
  • Establishment of a reliable system for enforcement of civil court decisions that reduced the average time for enforcement from 340 to 60 days; 
  • Development of the first Court Staff Ethics Code and Court Staff Training Curriculum. 
Source; USAID

"Freedom House" rates Macedonia's democratic development with 3.82 on scale of 1 to 7

"Freedom House", an international non-governmental organisation, in its latest report entitled "Nations in Transit 2011" assesses the democratic development in Macedonia with an average score of 3.82.

"Freedom House" makes the evaluations based on an analysis carried out in seven areas, 1 being the best and 7 the worst score. Macedonia is rated with 3.25 to 4.50 in all separate areas. In the area Electoral Process Macedonia is rated with 3.25 same as in Civil Society. Macedonian media received a score of 4.50 in relation to being independent. National Democratic Governance is rated with 4, Local Democratic Governance with 3.75 and Judiciary and Corruption with 4. 

Macedonia's ratings in all areas are the same as in the previous report, except Independent Media, whose rating worsened from 4.25 to 4.50. 

In 2010, the average score by "Freedom House" for Macedonia's democratic development was 3.79. 

According to the level of democratic development, few countries have better ratings than Macedonia, including Slovenia (1.93), Bulgaria (3.07) and Croatia and Serbia (both 3.64). The country shares the same score with Montenegro (3.82), whereas Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo received lower ratings than Macedonia

Logwin gründet Landesgesellschaft in Serbien

Der weltweit tätige Logistikdienstleister Logwin hat im Frühjahr eine eigene Landesgesellschaft in Serbien gegründet. Damit ist Logwin jetzt an 23 Standorten in Osteuropa vertreten.

Die erste Niederlassung der serbischen Logwin Solutions SRB d.o.o. liegt nach Mitteilung des Unternehmens in der Nähe des Flughafens von Belgrad an der Autobahn A1. Neben dem Transport gehören Zollservices, Warehousing und kundenspezifische Value Added Services zu ihrem Leistungsspektrum. Dabei hat Logwin in Serbien besonders die Fashion- und Lifestyle-Branche im Blick und organisiert über sein Netz zum Beispiel den Transport von hängenden Textilien. Weitere wichtige Branchen, in denen der Logistiker operiert, sind Automotive und Electronics.

Country Manager der neuen Landesgesellschaft ist Bogdan Šoškić. Der 33-Jährige verfüge über umfangreiche und langjährige Erfahrung auf dem serbischen Logistikmarkt. „Wir realisieren vor allem Lohnveredelungsverkehre“, sagt Šoškić. „Dabei arbeiten wir eng mit unseren Standorten in Aschaffenburg und Štip in Mazedonien zusammen.“

Nach der weltweiten Wirtschaftskrise erhole sich auch in Serbien die Wirtschaft allmählich, betont Šoškić. Gleichzeitig rückt die EU-Mitgliedschaft in Sichtweite. „Serbien wird zunehmend zum Retailmarkt, der Verkauf an den Endverbraucher kommt in Schwung“, erklärt der Logistiker. „Ein klarer Fokus liegt für uns somit auch im Aufbau entsprechender Distributionsstrukturen und Zustellservices.“

Logwin ist seit mehreren Jahren in Osteuropa präsent. Eigene Niederlassungen betreibt der Logistikdienstleister in Kroatien, Mazedonien, Polen, Rumänien, der Slowakei, der Tschechischen Republik und Ungarn. Zahlreiche weitere Länder deckt das Unternehmen mit Hilfe von Partnern ab. Die Zahl der Länder, in denen Logwin mit eigenen Landesgesellschaften vertreten ist, soll in Zukunft wachsen. „Alles in allem sind die Zukunftsaussichten nicht nur auf dem serbischen Markt vielversprechend“, sagt Andreas Kerschner, Director Operations Transport and Retail Network im Logwin-Geschäftsfeld Solutions. (sm)

Gemeinde Aerdodrom sucht neues Wappen und neue Flagge

Die Gemeinde Aerodrom, Skopje, hat eine Ausschreibung für ein neues Wappen und Flagge für die Gemeinde ausgeschrieben.
Interessierte können Ihre Vorschläge, elektronisch oder in gedruckter Version, dem Gemeinderat vorlegen.
Dem "Gewinner" wird ein Preisgeld von 40.000 Denar ausbezahlt.

Се бара идеја за нови знаме и грб
Општина Аеродром распиша јавен конкурс за изработка на идејни решенија за нови грб и знаме. Сите заинтересирани кандидати своите решенија за изгледот на новите општински знаме и грб имаат можност да ги достават до Советот на Општината, најдоцна до петти јули, и тоа во печатена и во електронска форма.- При изработка на идејните решенија за грб и за знаме на општината, потребно е да се применуваат хералдичките и вексилолошките правила за креирање на грбот односно на знамето. Идејните решенија треба да бидат изработени со стилизиран приказ со употреба на симболи што произлегуваат од македонската историја, традиција, културно наследство, обележја, природни реткости, географски карактеристики како и други карактеристики на општина Аеродром - велат од Општина Аеродром. Конкурсот е отворен и за физички и за правни лица, а изборот ќе го изврши Комисијата за спроведување на постапката за утврдување грб и знаме на општина Аеродром.Наградата изнесува вкупно 150 илјади денари, односно поединечно за секој симбол по 75 илјади денари за идејно решение за грб, кое ќе добие прва награда, потоа 40 илјади денари втора награда и 20 илјади денари трета награда.За идејно решение за изработка на ново општинско знаме кандидатот што ќе освои прва награда ќе добие 40 илјади денари, втора награда 20 илјади денари и третонаградениот 15 илјади денари.

Doing Business in South East Europe 2011: Makedonien führend

In Skopje kann in drei Tagen ein Unternehmen gegründet werde,  in der EU liegt der Durchschnittswert bei 15 Tagen

Studie: Umfeld für Unternehmen wird besser

Die Weltbank hat die Geschäftsbedingungen für kleine und mittlere Unternehmen in Südosteuropa unter die Lupe genommen. Fazit: Es gibt noch immer viel zu tun.

Die Regierungen der untersuchten südosteuropäischen Länder (siehe Kasten) haben die rechtlichen und bürokratischen Rahmenbedingungen für Unternehmen deutlich verbessert, geht aus der Studie "Doing Business in South East Europe 2011" hervor, die gestern präsentiert wurde. Alle bereits im Jahr 2008 untersuchten Städte konnten deutliche Verbesserungen vorweisen. Im internationalen Vergleich schneiden die meisten aber noch immer schlecht ab.

"Den Politikern ist auch auf lokaler Ebene klar, dass Rahmenbedingungen für Wirtschaftstreibende verbessert werden müssen", sagt Augusto Lopez-Claros von der Weltbank. Dabei würden Reformen in einem Land oft als Vorbild für ein anderes in der Region dienen, bestätigt auch der mazedonische Finanzminister Zoran Stavreski.

Große Fortschritte sieht Lopez-Claros bei den Regeln für Unternehmensgründungen. So kann etwa in der mazedonischen Hauptstadt Skopje durchschnittlich innerhalb von drei Tagen ein neues Unternehmen gegründet werden (siehe Grafik). In der EU liegt der Durchschnittswert bei 15 Tagen. In der untersuchten Region SEE liegt der Wert laut aktueller Studie bei 17 Tagen (nach 26 Tagen laut Studie von 2008).

Deutlich schlechter sieht es noch immer in Sachen Baugenehmigungen und rechtliche Durchsetzung von Verträgen aus. So muss ein Unternehmer in Mostar mitunter länger als vier Jahre warten, bis er einen Vertrag vor Gericht durchsetzen kann -das entspricht der Dauer in Kabul (Afghanistan), einem der langsamsten Gerichte der Welt.


"Doing Business in South East Europe 2011" untersucht die Rahmenbedingungen für die Geschäftstätigkeit von kleinen und mittleren lokalen Unternehmen in 22 Städten in Bosnien und Herzegowina, Serbien, Kosovo, Montenegro, Mazedonien, Albanien und derRepublik Moldau. Analysiert wurde das regulative Umfeld für Unternehmensgründungen, Baugenehmigungen, die Registrierung von Liegenschaften und die rechtliche Durchsetzbarkeit von Verträgen. Unterstützt wurde die Studie unter anderem von der österreichischen Regierung.


Dienstag, 28. Juni 2011

Handball CL: Metalurg in Qualifikationsgruppe C

Metalurg Skopje muss in der Qualifikationsrunde seine Kräfte mit FH Hafnarfjördur, Haslum HK und Rishon Le Zion messen.

Der Gewinner der Qualirunde spielt in der Gruppe C gegen den deutschen Meister HSV Hamburg, Cimos Koper (Slowenien), HCM Constanta (Rumänien), St. Petersburg (Russland) und Wisla Plock aus Polen.

Die ersten vier Mannschaften der vier Sechser-Gruppen ziehen ins Achtelfinale ein. Die Gruppenphase wird an zehn Spieltagen zwischen dem 28. September und 26. Februar 2012 ausgespielt. Der nächste Titelträger wird beim Final4-Turnier am 26./27. Mai 2012 in Köln ermittelt. 

Gruppe A 
(Land Team) 
ESP FC Barcelona 
CRO RK Zagreb 
SUI Kadetten Schaffhausen 
FRA Chambery 
BIH Bosna Sarajevo 
QT2 Sävehof/Minsk/Fivers/Istanbul

Gruppe B
RUS Medwedi Tschechow
HUN KC Veszprem
ESP Ciudad Real
GER Füchse Berlin
DEN Bjerringbro-Silkeborg
WC Valladolid/Löwen/Kielce/Dunkerque

Gruppe C 
GER HSV Hamburg
SLO RK Koper 
ROU HC Constanta 
RUS St. Petersburg 
POL Wisla Plock 
QT3 Skopje/Hafnarfjördur/Haslum/Rishon 

Gruppe D 
FRA Montpellier HB
DEN AG Kopenhagen
ESP Ademar Leon
HUN SC Szeged
QT1 Presov/Athen/Belgrad/Port

Velija Ramkovski's 'Journalists' turn against him as Cash runs out

Three of Velija's printed newspapers are about to close because they owe a million euros to the internal revenue office, the UJP.

All of the journalists employed at Shpic, Vreme and Koha e Re were lead to believe Velija will essentially pay his due to the UJP, only today to find out he wasn't.

Over 30 journalists working at these papers risked their careers and became unemployable just so they could protect their boss. They made up stories packaged as "news" how the Government waged war and put an innocent man in jail at the same time glorifying their boss. The journalists in return were promised lots of cash and living the good life.

Well, all of that seemed to have ended today. Ramkovski through his lawyer told his journalists they may not be employed for much longer.

With cash running out, that was all these journalists needed to hear. All have now turned against their boss, Velija Ramkovski. Few of the outspoken ones have posted remarks about their boss on their facebook profiles: "He sold us out; Velija is a traitor; and (Velija vo kjelija) Velija in Jail". 

Incredibly, all of these journalists believed Velija would somehow help them, none of them bothered to understand there is a reason he was in jail. The ultimate plan was for the SDSM to win the elections and pardon their boss, as the SDSM has done before. But, sometimes things don't go according to plan. Similar fate await A1 journalists. The TV station owes nearly 9.5 million euros to the UJP. 

Macedonian Gross Salary for April - 500 Eur

The State Statistical Office has said that the average gross salary in April stood at 30.172 MKD (500 EUR) up by 0.3 percent compared with the same month a year earlier. 

A total of 2 percent of employees in Macedonia did not receive the April salary. 

The largest jump in gross salaries has been recorded in the sectors: other service activities 25.6 percent, information and communications 15.6 percent and professional, scientifc and technical activities 12.2 percent. 

A drop in gross salaries has been reported in sectors: financial intermediation and insurance 2.6 percent, manufacturing industry 1.9 percent, wholesale and retail trade 1.6 percent.

Alexander gets a neighbor, Czar Samuil statue goes up

A statue of Czar Samuil was erected at Skopje's main square Macedonia next to Alexander the Great statue fountain.

The five-meter statue is made of white marble. The statue comprises a sitting czar on a three-meter white marble pedestal surrounded by bronze images.

Dimitar Filipovski is the author of the Czar Samuil Statue. It was made in the Pietro Bazzanti & Figlio Art Gallery and cast by the Ferdinando Marinelli artistic foundry in Florence, Italy. 

Große Unterschiede in den Konsumpreisniveaus in Europa:

Wien (statistik austria) - Im Jahr 2010 lag das durchschnittliche Preisniveau für vergleichbare Güter und Dienstleistungen des privaten Konsums innerhalb der EU bis zum 3-fachen auseinander. Dies zeigen jüngste Berechnungen von Eurostat, dem Statistischen Amt der Europäischen Gemeinschaften, das gemeinsam mit den statistischen Ämtern der Mitgliedsstaaten (sowie anderer europäischer Länder) umfangreiche Verbraucherpreiserhebungen durchführte. Das höchste Preisniveau erzielte dabei Dänemark (143% des EU27-Durchschnittes, EU27 = 100), gefolgt von Finnland (123), Schweden und Luxemburg (beide 120). Österreich liegt mit einem Niveau von 107 an 8. Stelle und somit im oberen Drittel der 27 EU-Mitgliedstaaten, knapp vor den Niederlanden (106) bzw. Deutschland und Italien (jeweils 104). Die niedrigsten Preisniveaus wurden für Bulgarien (51), Rumänien (62), Litauen (67) und Polen (69) gemeldet. Werden in dem Vergleich auch Nicht-EU-Länder mitberücksichtigt, erhöht sich die Spannbreite der Preisniveaus nochmals: Die Schweiz als Preisspitzenreiter (148) liegt um fast das 3,5-fache über dem Wert von Mazedonien.

Nahrungsmittel und Haushaltsenergie als relativ teuerste Warengruppen in Österreich

Neben den gesamten Konsumausgaben der privaten Haushalte wurden auch die Preisniveaus für insgesamt 12 Hauptgruppen berechnet. Dabei kommen die österreichischen Preise für "Lebensmittel und antialkoholische Getränke" auf einem relativ hohen Niveau von 115 (EU27=100) zu liegen, gefolgt von den Preisen für Haushaltsenergie (110). Die relativ günstigsten Preise im europäischen Vergleich weist Österreich bei "Haushaltsgeräten" und "Kommunikation" (beide 96) auf, sowie im Bereich "Alkoholische Getränke und Tabakwaren" (92% des EU27-Durchschnitts). Letztere Warengruppe ist vor allem durch die unterschiedliche Steuergesetzgebung in den einzelnen Ländern geprägt.

Deutlich geringere Preisunterschiede bei Bekleidung, Möbeln und Haushaltselektronik

Bei den Ausgabengruppen Bekleidung, Möbel und Haushaltselektronik reduzieren sich die Preisniveauunterschiede zwischen dem billigsten und dem teuersten EU-Land auf das 1,7-fache: Bulgarien meldete die geringsten Preise für "Bekleidung" mit 75% des EU27-Durchschnitts und Schweden die mit Abstand teuersten (126). Österreich liegt hier bei einem Wert von 103. Ein ähnliches Bild zeigen die Preisvergleiche bei Möbeln (Malta: 118, Rumänien: 61) und im Bereich "Haushaltselektronik" mit Werten von 89 in Bulgarien bis 115 in Schweden. Österreich rangiert hier knapp über dem Durchschnitt bei einem Wert von 102 (siehe Tabelle).

Festzuhalten bleibt, dass die Preisniveauunterschiede nicht durch Qualitätsdifferenzen zustande kommen. Ein einheitlich definierter europäischer Warenkorb und ein spezielles Vergleichskonzept (auf Produktebene direkter Vergleich zwischen Ländern nur bei Vorliegen identischer Produktmerkmale) garantiert, dass der Einfluss von Qualitätsunterschieden nicht in die Berechnung eingeht.

Doing Business 2011: Macedonia one of the best in SEE for business

Skopje, Bitola and Tetovo are ranked among the best business destinations out of 22 cities in seven SEE countries. These three Macedonian cities in the latest World Bank Doing Business report, which was presented on Tuesday, have taken up the first, third and fifth place.

"The Macedonian cities and Macedonia are ranked amongst the best in SEE, which is a proof that countries in the region have the best business climate, i.e. the best reforms for improving the business climate, stated Vice PM and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski, who takes part at a conference, where the 2011 Doing Business report is being presented.

According to him, this is another confirmation of the actions taken to improve the business climate. Being ranked as the 4th top reformer in 2008 and as the third top reformed in the world suggests that Macedonia continuously implements good reforms in terms of the business climate.

"This is another report that together with those released in 2008 and 2010 confirms that Macedonia in continuity applies good reforms regarding the business climate. As a result of those reforms, Macedonia in 2007 and 2008 managed to achieve the best economic results with the highest level of investments of over 1.2 billion euros and an average economic growth of 5.5%. When the world was hit by the economic crisis in 2009 and 2010, these reforms had made Macedonia's economy to be more resistant to the crisis in order Macedonian companies to be able to survive the crisis. Now in 2011, when the crisis is over, we are able to realise an economic growth. This is being confirmed by results from the first quarter of 2011, in which Macedonia has the fifth best result in Europe with a GDP growth of over 5%," Stavreski noted.

The Doing Business report measures reforms in four areas. The first one is starting a business in which "Macedonia is absolutely the best in the region and takes the 5th place in the world."

"It takes only three days to start a company in Macedonia, while a firm can be registered in only four hours. It is the best result worldwide," Stavreski said.

According to the indicator for obtaining construction permits, Macedonia has also made headway, especially in reducing construction procedures.

"Under the latest changes, procedures for building a business facility are reduced from 21 to 4. Utility costs are reduced by 95%, which makes Macedonia even more competitive," the minister said.

He noted that there was an improvement in relation to registering property. The measures carried out in this area included shortening of mandatory deadlines, reduction of costs and number of procedures need to register property and ownership of land and real estate. Also significant reforms were made in the Agency for Real Estate Cadaster with the held of the World Bank.

According to the "enforcing contracts" indicator in the report, Macedonia has made an improvement i.e. the procedure for a small amount dispute has been shortened.

"The report verifies the favourable policies and reforms made at national and local level in reducing procedures, mitigating business conditions, lowering costs of the companies. It is expected these policies in the future, given the fact that we are the best in the region, to give more results in attracting investments, either domestic or foreign, launching an investment cycle and opening more jobs," FinMin Stavreski stated in Vienna.

The report, which was presented today, covers 22 cities from Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova and Albania.

Koha e Re, Vreme, Shpic going away?

Three daily newspapers belonging to Ramkovski are nearing its end, after the Revenue Service has asked the management of the three papers to pay 1 million euros in taxes.

Although the ownership of the printed dailies listed above was denied by Velija Ramkovski, the owner of A1 TV, his own station today annouced the address of these papers as "Pero Nakov bb". According to Macedonian laws, an owner of a TV station is now allowed to have a stake or be in any way involved in printed media because it will give such individual too much power in controlling the information citizens receive.

Velija Ramkovski attempted to go around this law by placing family relatives in management position of these printed dailies and assigning ownership to offshore companies created by himself or his son. A1 TV made clear today who owns the dailies, although government officials and the public were aware Ramkovski was behind them.

Vreme, Koha e Re and Shpic had not paid taxes for years and even paid its employees in cash. Current management has no comment on the 1 million euros fee that needs to find its way to the Revenue Service (UJP). According to the UJP, the dailies owe taxes for five years (DDV, social secirity...) and have only few days remaining to pay.

Macedonia takes over Roma Decade chairmanship

Macedonia took over Monday from the Czech Republic the Roma Decade chairmanship, in the attendance of countries' Prime Ministers Nikola Gruevski and Petr Necas.

"Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015" is a World Bank project encompassing 12 countries, aimed at improving the life of the Roma community and contribute to its integration.

"It is my pleasure that Macedonia will chair over the Roma Decade in the coming year. Macedonia is a country that has made significant steps forward in improving the Roma social position, including a minister from the Roma community, an MP, a Roma municipality with a Roma mayor", said PM Gruevski.

According to him, there is still lots of room to improve the life and social position of Roma.

"We are quite focused on education, with a secondary school already in construction in the Roma-populated municipality. Efforts are also invested in the fields of employment, training and health. There is still room for more work, which will be tackled in the coming years, especially in the course of next year's Roma Decade chairmanship", stressed Gruevski.

In the course of its presidency, the Czech Republic set forth five priorities - integration of Roma children from special in regular schools, rights of Roma children, position of Roma women, policy of Roma integration in local self-governments, and image of the Roma minority in media.

The Roma Decade chairmanship handover is held in the framework of the 20th International Steering Committee meeting in Prague, bringing together representatives of the European Commission and the World Bank, as well as chairman of "Open Society Foundation" George Soros

Turkey and Macedonia join economic forces

Turkish businessmen traveled to Macedonia to join economic forces. 
The group was attended by companies from several sectors: food industry, construction, tourism and transport, ICT sector, media, electrical, jewellery and other sectors of interest for co-operation. Turkish businessmen had the opportunity to get acquainted with investment opportunities in our country and the potential for doing business in several sectors. In the Invest Macedonian presentation, the economic promoter in Ankara , Turkey Mr. Habil Mustafai, highlighted the business climate as well as the benefits for investing in Macedonia. After the discussions of the potentials for co-operation with Macedonian companies, hosted by the Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, business representatives of the member-companies of the TUMSIAD acknowledged that there are opportunities for cooperation and improvement of the economic relations between the two countries.

Montag, 27. Juni 2011

FFM begins search for next manager

The Football Federation of Macedonia has started compiling names for the successor of Mirsad Jonuz as manager of the national team.

The President of FFM, Hari Hagi-Risteski, has begun discussions with potential candidates for the next manager of the Macedonian national team. The first people interviewed for the position where Gjoko Hadzievski and Gjore Jovanovski who both have managed the national team in the past. Both coaches are currently without a job as Hadzievski resigned as manager of Simurg after the season in Azerbaijan while Jovanovski was recently named the manager of the Bangladesh national team but he quit after refusing to travel to Pakistan with the national team due to safety concerns. Another person that is being considered for the position is Vujadin Stanojković who is currently the president for the trainer organization within FFM.

The FFM president has also had telephone conversation with foreign coaches interested in the position such as Zoran Filipović, Ljupco Petrović, Plamen Markov, and Ziya Dogan who will arrive tomorrow for negotiations in Skopje. Filipović was the former manager of the Montenegro national team, Plamen Markov had two stints in the past as manager of the Bulgarian national team, while Dogan is a Turkish football manager.

At the same time, contacts have been made with the manager of Cedomir Janevski. He is also without a club at the moment after he left Cypriot club Enosis Neon Paralimni. Janevski lives in Belgium and has that western mentality plus he knows Macedonian football which is another benefit. Janevski has been an assistant coach for teams like Club Brugge, Gent, and Olympiacos and has managed Crvena Zvezda and Enosis Neon Paralimni. He has a great relationship with Ivan Trickovski and it was Janevski who brought Tricko to Cyprus with Enosis after his career stalled in Crvena Zvezda. Who knows where Trickovski would be today if it wasn't for Janevski? Tricko wasn't playing at Crvena Zvezda but his one great season with Enosis ended up with Trickovski making a transfer to Cypriot giants APOEL where he has been very successful.

Hagi-Risteski also said that there are other managers who are interesting for FFM but those managers are unlikely because they are outside of the financial capabilities of FFM. He went on to add that FFM will look at all options and a new manager will be named no later than 15 July 2011. FFM wants the new manager to have enough time to get prepared for their first game in charge which will be on 10 August 2011 in a friendly against Azerbaijan in Baku.

Shkendija vs Partizan match is High Risk

The upcoming match between the Macedonian champion Skendija (yes, the league is so bad Skendija is '11 champion) and Partizan may turn into wide open warfare.

The game is weeks away and there are already talks of 'problems' among fans, though the police has been surprisingly mute on the subject.

Who is Skendija?

Based out of the Tetovo village of Mala Rechica, Skendija plays its football on Tetovo's city stadium. It was created in 1979 and subsequently banned by the Yugoslav football federation due to the group who formed it "Bal" which was short for "Balli Combetar", an Albanian group who sided with the Nazis in WW2. Their fans are called the "Ballist" to reaffirm their ideology, though most fans aren't actually aware who are they glorifying.

The team kicked into gear once again after Macedonia's independence. Today the structure of the team is comprised of both Albanians and several Macedonians. Skendija's fans are notorius for briniging politics into the game and the club has been fined numerous times by the Macedonian FA. There have been six attacks on visiting players by Skendija fans during the 2010/11 season, however the Macedonian FA mostly due to corruption and lack of authority failed to remove the team from competing in any league.

The first game is in Belgrade with few hundred Skendija fans promising they will make the trip there. Politics, of course became part of this match as well when Skendija's fans leader Valdrim Asani in an interview for Serb daily "Alo" promised he would be waving the Kosovo flag in Belgrade even though was told by the local authorities he would be arrested.

The return leg in Skopje may get even trickier. Thousands of anti Serb (Partizan) fans are planning to make their trip from Kosovo to watch the game. Partizan fans as well announced they too will arrive in Skopje in large numbers. Interestingly enough, the Ultras from Greece also said they will help their 'brothers', the "Grobari", against the Albanians.

It seems the Macedonian police will be very busy, and may already be working to free up space at the local jails. Or better yet, the Macedonian border police should simply not allow any fans to cross the border. Problem solved.

As for the game itself, Partizan is simply too much for Skendija and should ease into the second round. 

Macedonia Importing Goods Produced at Home

Milk, meat, oil, sugar, fish, flour and juices are only a few products that Macedonia imports on a daily basis. The state provides large subsidies for all these products. Nonetheless, their import is on the increase. 

Official data show that the export of food from Macedonia grew, but the import doubled. According to experts, no one takes into consideration the fact that Macedonia exports only cheap raw materials and imports expensive products. 

According to the Ministry of Economy, food import increased, but they cannot determine the precise increase yet since data from the field are still being processed. Analysts say that this year will be closed with drastic data by volume and figures in import of food products. 

Macedonian - Polish Customs sign Cooperation Memo

The customs administrations of Macedonia and Poland have signed a memorandum to combat customs frauds and to advance their partnership.

The memo was signed on Friday by the directors of both institutions in Brussels, where the Council of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) is holding its annual assembly to discuss and adopt an annual report on the work of WCO and to define guidelines for customs activities at global level.

The document lays the foundation for further strengthening of the bilateral cooperation between the two customs institutions and aims at establishing more efficient joint combat against illegal trade and cross-border crime and protection of financial interests and security.

The memorandum also paves the way for cooperation that will enable customs officials to improve their capacities through joint training programs, the Macedonian Customs Administration said in a press release.

AntiCorruption Office: A1 Donated 6.9 M Euros to SDSM

A1 and the SDSM are in hot water after the Anticorruption commission stated in a press conference it will press charges against both the TV station and the SDSM party for as they stated "A1 donated 6.9 million euros to the SDSM during the election campaign, 1.5 million more than allowed by law".

During the election campaign A1 advertised SDSM commercials totaling 13 hours, 53 minutes and 35 seconds. This means the SDSM owes A1 TV 430.239.855 denars, or nearly 7 million euros. A1 has so far received only 6.531,300 denars, or 106,000 euros.

Things get cloudy as A1 in its financial report to the anti corruption commission has stated the SDSM does not owe any money to the station. In other words A1 TV has donated 6.8 million euros to the SDSM.

According to Macedonian laws, a company can donate a maximum of 5% from its reported profit to a political party. Based on this, A1 would be allowed to donate 5.3 million euros to the SDSM, which means the SDSM illegally received 1.5 million euros.

The anticorruption commission is also suspicious and is investigating the fact that the SDSM was financing its campaign with a credit obtained by Komercijalna Banka. The commission will also review under which circumstances the credit was obtained, whether the bank broke laws in issuing the credit. 

The Anticorruption commision is said to be reviewing the ruling VMRO-DPMNE as well as DUI, LDP, DPA... to make sure everyone followed the laws during the election campaign.

"Mothers" film awarded at Novi Sad festival

"Mothers" film by Milcho Manchevski won the FEDEORA (The Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean) award at Cinema City Festival which was held June 18-25 in Novi Sad.

"Mothers" film has recently won at Belgrade FEST. The film had its world premiere last September in Toronto and gala European premiere at screening in the Panorama section of Berlinale 2011 and was the Macedonian Academy Awards entry.

President Ivanov to visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 20 years of independent Macedonian diplomacy

President Gjorge Ivanov will visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monday on the occasion of 20 years of independent Macedonian diplomacy.

Ivanov will meet FM Milososki and will give a lecture before the young diplomats at the Foreign Ministry on topic "20 years independent Macedonian diplomacy – conditions, results and future challenges."

Handball: Heute Champions-League-Quali Auslosung

Wenn der Europäische Handball-Verband (European Handball Federation) heute in Wien die Gruppen für die Champions League-Qualifikation auslost, dann wird auch Peter Prior erstmals als Vertreter des Buxtehuder SV dabei sein.

Der Manager der BSV-Bundesliga-Handballfrauen ist nach Österreich geflogen, weil alle beteiligten Vereine bei der Auslosung dabei sein müssen. Nach der deutschen Vizemeisterschaft und dem zweiten Platz im Pokalfinale haben die Buxtehuder Frauen zum ersten Mal in der Vereinsgeschichte die Chance, in der "Königsklasse" zu spielen.

Voraussetzung ist allerdings die Qualifikation, die am 17. und 18. September in einer Art Final Four ausgespielt wird. Wer die Gegner sein werden, soll am heutigen Montag um 11 Uhr in der EHF-Zentrale in Wien ausgelost werden. Das Team von Trainer Dirk Leun könnte auch das Heimrecht für die Qualifikationsrunde erhalten, der Ort wird ebenfalls ausgelost.

Beim Qualifikationsturnier spielen 16 Teams um vier Startplätze in der Champions League der neuen Saison. Aus vier Lostöpfen mit jeweils vier Mannschaften werden vier Gruppen gelost. Nur der jeweilige Gruppensieger ist für die Gruppenphase qualifiziert, die platzierten Teams spielen in der kommenden Saison im Pokalsieger-Wettbewerb.

Der Buxtehuder SV befindet sich im Lostopf zwei gemeinsam mit BM Elda Prestigioaus Spanien, Rostov Don aus Russland und Tertnes Bergen aus Norwegen. Im Lostopf drei befinden sich die möglichen Halbfinal-Gegner: IK Sävehof (Schweden), HC Metalurg (Mazedonien), Zaglebie Lubin (Polen) und Viborg HK (Dänemark).

Samstag, 25. Juni 2011

Parma sends Stefan Ristovski on loan to Foggia

The 19 year old Stefan Ristovski will play in the Italian third division next season as he was loaned by Parma to Foggia in order to gain more experience.

As the official website of Foggia reports, the club has agreed to terms with thirteen players including Stefan Ristovski who comes to Foggia from the Parma Primavera team. Ristovski is expected to be the starting RB for Foggia this upcoming season as they have the ambition to get promoted to Serie B. Stefan is no longer eligible to play for the Primavera team since he was born in 1992 and for next season, a player has to be born in 1993 or later to be eligible for the Primavera teams. Regardless, it is disappointing that Parma sent Ristovski on loan to a Lega Pro Prima Divisione club instead of a Serie B club or a lower ranked Serie A club where the competition would be much better. 

Ristovski was born in Skopje and started his career with Vardar before he moved to Parma soon after he turned 18. During this past season, Ristovski was a regular for the Parma Primavera team and usually started at RB although he has the ability to play other positions. Stefan is the captain of the Macedonian U19 national team and has also been summoned to both the Macedonian U21 team and also the senior national team as Ristovski was called up for the EURO 2012 qualifier against Ireland earlier this month. He was an unused substitute for that game but Ristovski is viewed as an important player for the future. Although he plays RB for his club team, Ristovski is used at right midfield or as a winger for the youth national teams of Macedonia.

Ilievski ready to take charge

Macedonian Nikola Ilievski arrives at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital yesterday to take over the national football team's reign. Photo: STARSports Reporter

His immense desire to return to the international arena has prompted Macedonian coach Nikola Ilievski to take charge of the Bangladesh national football team despite having only four days available to prepare them for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Pakistan.

“For me, it is not important who the team is that I'm guiding. Whether it is Argentina, China or Macedonia matters little since I wanted to return to international-level football and grabbed the opportunity to guide the national side of Bangladesh,” said Ilievski on his arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday.

The arrival of Ilievski seemingly puts an end to the drama regarding the appointment of a new national coach for Bangladesh after another Macedonian, Gjorgji Jovanovski, who was announced as coach declined to take charge due to security fears about travelling to Pakistan while the former coach, Robert Rubcic of Croatia, also left Bangladesh for the same reason, as per BFF statement.

However, Ilievski said he has no such concerns about travelling to Pakistan for the away match on July 3 in Lahore and he is delighted to be the Bangladesh coach which will be his second job as an international coach after native Macedonia from 2002 to 2003.

Even though the 56-year old however has no idea about Bangladesh football, he said he was confident about winning against Pakistan.

“First I will observe the players in the camp to see their characteristics and then choose the formation of the game. But I am confident about winning the match on June 29,” said Ilievski, who represented Yugoslavia in the 1982 World Cup.

The Macedonian said he prefers to play attacking football in either 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 formations and sees Brazilian Luiz Felipe Soclari and Swedish Sven Goran Eriksson as idols.

Ilievski informed that he had guided Macedonia in over 50 international matches and his success rate was nearly sixty percent.

Ilievski started his playing career as a striker and played in that position for seven years before turning into a midfielder in the twilight of his career.

Ilievski has not set any specific target during his stay in Bangladesh but said that progress is an ongoing process which takes place step by step.

Microsoft Office 2010 Macedonian Interface Pack promoted

The Office 2010 Macedonian Interface Pack is free and available for Internet download at the Microsoft Macedonia website at of Friday. 

Dimitar Grozdanov of Microsoft Macedonia said the only condition is for the user to have a licenced version of Windows 7 and Office 2010. 

Nikolce Mickoski, coordinator of the team working on the translation of Windows 7 and Office 2010, said it encompasses translation of the graphic interface in Macedonian language, along with a spellcheck. 

"The team's main goal was to get a translation acceptable for all users, not only professionals in the IT industry, so that everyone can use Windows 7 and Office 10 in the Macedonian language", added Mickoski. 

The team tasked with the Macedonian Interface Pack worked at the institute for Macedonian language "Krste Misirkov" for six months on Windows 7 and another six months on Office 2010, using the national IT terminology. Furthermore, the number of words that can be added in the dictionary is unlimited

Swiss Sika Group to expand to Macedonia

Swiss specialty chemicals company Sika Group plans to open a unit in Macedonia through its Greek arm Sika Hellas, the Skopje-based Economic Chamber said on Friday. 

The aim is a long-term cooperation with Macedonian companies based on the application of new technological solutions for the production of concrete, the Economic Chamber said in a statement, quoting Sika Hellas director Georgios Katsantonis.

Q1: Macedonian GDP up 5.1%

The Macedonian economy expanded by a real 5.1% on the year in the first quarter of 2011 compared to a revised annual drop of 0.5% a year ago, preliminary statistical data sowed on Friday. 

Macedonia's gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter totalled 102.601 billion denars ($2.34 billion/1.66 billion euro) in current prices, the country's statistics office said in a statement.

U21 Trajkovski transfers to Belgium for 1 mil. euros

Aleksandar Trajkovski joins Zulte Waregem for one million euros

Aleksandar Trajkovski (right); photo: index.hr
As several Croatian newspapers are reporting today, 18 year old Aleksandar Trajkovski is no longer an Inter Zaprešić player as he will join Belgian club Zulte Waregem for one million euros.

The talented attacker Aleksandar Trajkovski will continue his career in Belgium with Zulte Waregem who finished 11th place this past season in the Belgian top division. Keep in mind that Anderlecht was also interested in Trajkovski but their offer of 500,000 euros was rejected by Inter Zaprešić. The Croatian club wanted seven figures for Trajkovski and accepted the offer by Zulte Waregem who are managed by Bosnian Darije Kalezić.

Trajkovski joined Inter Zaprešić as a 17 year old in the summer of 2010. He was not allowed to play in league games until he turned 18. Trajkovski scored numerous goals in friendlies and displayed his good form during the second half of the season when he scored four goals and provided three assists in 15 appearances. His form drew interest from Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb but the two teams could not agree on a transfer fee. The sports director of Inter Zaprešić was satisfied with the business move and stated that his club has to make these kinds of transfers to continue functioning as a team.Zulte Waregem

It is also worth mentioning that Trajkovski was invited to be a guest player for English club Chelsea last year during a youth tournament. He actually scored a game winning goal against Botafogo to send Chelsea to the semifinals of the tournament. Although Trajkovski is only 18 years old, he is already a member of the Macedonian U21 national team and he is not far from making his debut with the senior national team if he continues to improve as a player.

Stavreski: Macedonia's economy to rise by 4.5 percent in 2012

Macedonia's economy will expand by 4.5 percent next year, boosted by exports and investments, up from growth of at least 3.5 percent in 2011, Vice Premier and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski told Reuters on Friday.

He also said the budget deficit is next year expected to fall to 2.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from some 2.5 percent this year, although Macedonia plans large investments in the transport and energy sectors in 2012.

"This year we are already seeing signs of recovery of the economy, exports increased by 44 percent in the first four months of 2011," Stavreski told Reuters at the sidelines of a regional economic conference in Slovenia.

Stavreski said exports in the whole of 2011 will be up by some 20 to 30 percent, boosted by high prices in the metal industry, which is one of Macedonia's main exporting sectors, and by penetrating new markets, including the former states of the Soviet Union, North Africa and the Middle East.

At present, about two-thirds of Macedonia's exports go to the European Union.

The government drew down EUR 220 million in March from a precautionary International Monetary Fund credit line worth a total of EUR 390 million. Both the IMF and the government have predicted growth this year of between 3 and 3.5 percent.

Stavreski also said Macedonia was confident it would manage to keep inflation below 3 percent per year in the medium-term, down from an inflation of about 4 percent this year.

"As long as we keep fiscal discipline and budget deficits low, I do not think we will have a problem to keep control of inflation," said Stavreski.

Lange Warteschlange auf dem Westbalkan

Nach Kroatien drängen auch Mazedonien, Montenegro, Albanien, Serbien, Bosnien-Herzegowina und Kosovo in die Europäische Union

Mit dem in Zielnähe gerückten EU-Beitritt hat Kroatien geschafft, wovon die meisten Staaten des Westbalkans erst träumen können. Zwar drängt die gesamte Region in die Union; den Staaten ist aber bewusst, dass in der wirtschaftlich arg strapazierten EU die Erweiterung derzeit nicht oberste Priorität hat, ja dass viele Mitglieder nach der Aufnahme Kroatiens eine längere Pause vor weiteren Beitritten fordern.

Heterogener Wirtschaftsraum

Dennoch will man sich auf dem Westbalkan nicht auf die Rolle des Bittstellers reduziert sehen. Der EU-Beitritt wird vielmehr als verbürgtes Recht betrachtet. Immerhin hat Brüssel im Juni 2003 am Gipfel von Thessaloniki dem gesamten Westbalkan eine «europäische Perspektive» in Aussicht gestellt. Die Konturen dieser Perspektive sind für die einzelnen Länder – also Mazedonien, Montenegro, Albanien, Serbien, Bosnien-Herzegowina und Kosovo – in unterschiedlicher Schärfe erkennbar.

Bereits den Status eines Beitrittskandidaten erhalten haben Mazedonien und Montenegro; konkrete Beitrittsverhandlungen sind aber noch keine lanciert worden. Noch ohne offiziellen Kandidatenstatus, sondern erst mit beantragter Mitgliedschaft erscheinen Albanien und Serbien. Keinen Antrag auf eine EU-Mitgliedschaft eingereicht haben derweil Bosnien-Herzegowina und Kosovo, wenngleich beide Länder – in ihren staatlichen Strukturen noch sehr fragil – dieses Ziel verfolgen.

Die unterschiedlich weit vorangeschrittene Integration in die EU hat primär politische Gründe und erlaubt keine Rückschlüsse auf die Wettbewerbskraft der Länder, die sich in ihren wirtschaftlichen Strukturen stark unterscheiden.

Ein Blick auf die jährlich vom World Economic Forum (WEF) erstellte Rangliste der wettbewerbsfähigsten Länder legt dennoch den Schluss nahe, dass die bereits über den Kandidatenstatus verfügenden Länder Montenegro (49. Rang) und Mazedonien (79) über eine höhere makroökonomische und institutionelle Stabilität verfügen und international konkurrenzfähiger sind als die noch weniger nahe zur EU gerückten Länder Albanien (88), Serbien (96) und Bosnien-Herzegowina (102).

Nach Massgabe der Lohnkosten zeigen die Statistiken des Wiener Instituts für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche (WIIW) zudem, dass die genannten Länder allesamt ein deutlich tieferes Lohnniveau aufweisen als Kroatien. Liegt das kroatische Lohnniveau bei 38% des in der EU-27 gemessenen Durchschnitts, beträgt der Wert in Montenegro 26%, in Bosnien-Herzegowina 22%, in Mazedonien 18% und in Serbien 16%. Das mit Abstand niedrigste Lohnniveau verzeichnet Albanien (9%), wo der durchschnittliche Monatslohn mit 246 € angegeben wird. Gemeinsam sind den Ländern dabei stark negative Saldi in den Handelsbilanzen, der Mangel an konkurrenzfähigen Exportprodukten sowie eine hohe Abhängigkeit von Kapitalimporten und Rimessen von Bürgern im Ausland.

Die potenziellen EU-Mitglieder mögen angesichts tiefer Lohnkosten als attraktive Produktionsstandorte erscheinen. Die Realität zeigt jedoch, dass mit Ausnahme Montenegros alle genannten Staaten weit tiefere Bestände an ausländischen Direktinvestitionen pro Kopf aufweisen als Kroatien oder die EU-Staaten Ostmitteleuropas.

Fehlende Rechtssicherheit

Die Gründe hiefür sind vielfältig: Zu den regionalen Investitionshindernissen gehören nicht zuletzt eine mangelnde Rechtssicherheit, das Problem der Korruption und organisierten Kriminalität, eine ineffiziente Bürokratie, ein nicht immer völlig unabhängiges Justizsystem und – besonders im Falle Bosniens und Albaniens – das Unvermögen der politischen Parteien, sich auf eine gemeinsame Richtung zu einigen und hierzu konstruktiv zusammenzuarbeiten.