|THE MACEDONIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWS AGENCY||March 29, 2017, Issue 749|
FinanceMacedonian Banks Will be Able to Use TARGET2 System
Macedonian banks that have the right to handle payments abroad and have accounts in the MIPS Macedonian Inter-banking Payments System, will be able to make euro payments through Europe's TARGET2 system. read
MNT: A SUSPICIOUS PERSON TO BE PERFORMED FOR 150TH TIME
On the eve of its 72nd anniversary, the Macedonian National Theater (MNT) this coming Saturday is organizing a birthday marathon of plays, including Siljan the Stork Shanca, Life is Beautiful and A Suspicious Person. In fact, the 150th performance of A Suspicious Person will take place on the birthday of the national theater, which falls on April 3.
A Suspicious Person by Branislav Nusic, directed by Sinisa Evtimov for MNT, is a cult play, MNT director Dejan Projkovski told a news conference Tuesday in Skopje. 55,700 theatergoers have seen the play since being premiered in 2007. read more
MACEDONIAN BANKS WILL BE ABLE TO USE TARGET2 SYSTEM
Macedonian banks that have the right to handle payments abroad and have accounts in the MIPS Macedonian Inter-banking Payments System, will be able to make euro payments through Europe's TARGET2 system.
The National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia (NBRM) informed on Tuesday that it will soon present the opening of the Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross Settlement Express Transfer System to Macedonian banks to the wider public. read more
STATISTICS: INDUSTRIAL PRODUCER PRICES HIGHER
According to the State Statistical Office data, in February 2017, the Industrial producer prices on the domestic market increased by 1.4 percent at the monthly level and by 0.7 percent at the annual level.
In February 2017, in comparison with January 2017, the Industrial producer prices on the domestic market increased in the groups Intermediate goods, except energy by 3.3 percent, Non-durable consumer goods by 1.1 percent, Energy by 0.7 percent and Durable consumer goods by 0.1 percent. read more
MERKEL'S CONSERVATIVES RUNNING NECK AND NECK WITH SOCIAL DEMOCRATS
With six months to go before the general elections, German conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel is unexpectedly tied neck and neck with the Social-Democratic challenger Martin Schulz.
After enjoying a comfortable lead for her CDU/CSU coalition for years, Merkel is now in the danger of not only losing the elections but going in the opposition, if the SPD is able to put together a left wing coalition with the former Eastern German Communist party Die Linke and the Greens. Polls show that CDU/CSU and SPD both enjoy the support of about 32 percent of the voters, a major improvement for SPD, which plucked Schulz from the European Parliament and put it at the top of the party a few months ago. read more
AUSTRIA TO LEAVE EU REFUGEE RELOCATION AGREEMENT
Austria is planning to withdraw from an EU agreement to divide asylum seekers between countries in the bloc, government officials said Monday, MIA writes.
The move, which could be approved by the cabinet as early as Tuesday, could deal a further blow to EU efforts to implement a cohesive migration policy, reporters write. read more
PARIS: VIOLENT PROTESTS AFTER FRENCH POLICE KILL CHINESE MAN
Violent clashes in Paris over the police killing of a Chinese man have left three police officers injured and several people detained, the BBC reported.
Demonstrators had gathered outside a police station on Monday to pay homage to the slain man. read more
PROTESTS IN FRONT OF SDSM HEADQUARTERS: WE WILL PRESERVE MACEDONIA'S UNITY
It has been 30 days since citizens led by the initiative "For Joint Macedonia" took to the streets in Skopje and throughout the country to express the outrage of the Tirana platform. They sent message that they will not give up their demands and will come out massively to the streets.
Actor Vanco Petrusevski on Tuesday's protest march said that we need to preserve the unity and uniqueness of the country. read more
VMRO-DPMNE PUTS FORWARD ROADMAP TO RESOLVE POLITICAL CRISIS
VMRO-DPMNE is unveiling a roadmap in order lessons to be learned and a solution to be offered to the current political crisis and a way out of other political crises that might occur in the future all the while respecting the principle for a united Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE official Antonio Milososki said Tuesday.
VMRO-DPMNE, he said, proposes the establishment of a nonpartisan agreement laying the groundwork for principled settlement of internal differences in the future solely in the frameworks of state institutions without foreign agendas or representatives and exclusively by legitimately elected representatives of the citizens in Macedonia. read more
BESA UNSUPPORTIVE OF SDSM AND DUI CHOICE FOR PARLIAMENT SPEAKER
The BESA party announced it will not support Talat Xhaferi's nomination as Speaker of Parliament, after his name was jointly put forward by SDSM and DUI. BESA is one of the three parties representing ethnic Albanians that support the idea of having SDSM leader Zoran Zaev get the mandate to form the next Government, but its intense rivalry with DUI and its hopes of making further inroads among ethnic Albanian voters at DUI's expense have announced the relationship in the possible future coalition will be tricky.
"If it is up to a DUI candidate to begin the first step toward reforms, then thank you, but we do not support such reforms. This party served Nikola Gruevski faithfully for ten year and are them main culprits for the crisis. DUI is responsible for staged political processes, poverty, emigration, distancing from the Euro-Atlantic integrations, the Skopje 2014 project. DUI can't bring reforms to the country", said Afrim Gashi, BESA member of Parliament. read more
MACEDONIAN PARLIAMENT RESUMES SESSION ON ELECTION OF COMMITTEE
In the Macedonian Parliament, representatives are set to continue the session at which they are expected to elect the members and leaders of the Committee on Elections and Appointment Issues.
The debate on Monday was marked by long discussions over the controversial Tirana platform. read more
POLICE INVESTIGATING 'HUMAN WASTE IN COCA COLA CANS'
Police have begun an investigation after what appeared to be human waste was found in drinks cans delivered to a Coca Cola factory in Northern Ireland, the BBC reported.
The night shift at the Lisburn factory was disrupted last week when machines became clogged; Coca Cola said it had impounded all affected cans. read more
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