“Through an inclusive and transparent process, the Government has drafted four draft amendments to amend the Constitution in accordance with the Prespa Agreement, announced Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at a the press conference in Government.

‘The first amendment will be the replacement of the name Macedonia, with Northern Macedonia throughout the Constitution, except for Article 36, where there is a historical aspect. The second refers to the Preamble of the Constitution, where the decisions of ASNOM are replaced with the proclamation of the First ASNOM meeting and the Ohrid Framework Agreement is added to be a constitutive element of the state. In the third amendment, only one paragraph has been added, and that is that the Republic respects the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of the neighbouring countries, which gives stronger guarantees of the durability and inviolability of the borders with Greece, although it applies to all neighbours. In the fourth amendment, in addition to confirming the Macedonian identity, it states that the Republic protects the rights and interests of its citizens home or abroad, and promotes their ties to the homeland,’ said Zaev.” (Meta)

“The session regarding the draft-amendments for changing the constitution in accordance to the Prespa Agreement, that was announced by the government today, will take place on the 1st of December.

On Wednesday, the 7th of November, the draft amendments will be sent to the Commission for Constitutional Affairs. According to the Rule Book, the hearing within the commission can last mostly up to 3 working days for the text of the draft for each amendment separately.” (Meta)

“A Macedonian court has ordered the temporary freezing of property belonging to the country’s main opposition party as part of an investigation into suspected unlawful political financing.

The Skopje Criminal Court said on November 1 that it had issued the order following a request from prosecutors for a freeze on the selling or leasing of 69 real estate properties owned by the VMRO-DPMNE party, including the building that houses its headquarters.” (RFE/RL)

“The first direct commercial flight between Greece and Macedonia in 12 years took off on Thursday evening.

The Olympic Air flight departed the Greek capital Athens at 18:40 local time (16:40 GMT) for Macedonia’s capital Skopje.

The launch of the twice-weekly service follows a deal between the two nations to end a 27-year name dispute.

Macedonia’s deputy prime minister – who was in Greece for talks – was on board the historic flight.” (BBC News)