“A new round of negotiations in Brussels between Macedonia and Greece begins tomorrow (Monday), mediated by mediator Matthew Nimetz. After a long pause, both sides will have time to re-address their arguments regarding the name issue. The MFA officially confirmed that there will be no enlargement of the negotiating team, which consists of the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the United States Vasko Naumovski and diplomatic representatives from the Ministry (of Foreign Affairs), and the Greek negotiating team headed by Ademantios Vasilakis will be at the meeting with mediator Nimetz. ‘The Government of the Republic of Macedonia will inform the media, and thus the public about further steps for this important and sensitive issue, which is of the highest state interest,’ the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.” (translated from MakFaks)

“Members and supporters of VMRO-DPMNE protested against the arrest of members of the their party at the city square in Ohrid today over the events in parliament on April 27.  Advisers to the VMRO-DPMNE announced that they would boycott the work of the Municipal Council of Ohrid in support of the detainees until their final release. ‘Macedonia is the only country in the world where patriots have to answer for fictitious acts of terrorism. The SDS Junta has stamped on laws and the constitution, and tomorrow honest patriots will be prosecuted. Everyone who will oppose this unnatural and puppet power will be prosecuted and impriosned tomorrow said the Vice President of VMRO-DPMNE’ – Kiril Pecakov.” (translated from 24 Press)

“The World Bank said on Friday it plans to provide some $135 million (114.7 million euro) in new lending to Macedonia by end-2018 to back reforms in public financial management and social services and boost investment in energy efficiency projects. ‘In addition to this, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group which supports the private sector, will target a lending volume of $40-60 million until the end of the CPS cycle,’ the World Bank said in a statement. A review of the World Bank Group Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Macedonia for the period 2015-2018 has found that implementation of the program is largely on track with notable progress in improving transparency of public financial management, and efficiency of the social protection system. The bank’s interventions also made satisfactory progress to create better conditions for private sector investments and links to foreign direct investments.” (See News)