“There are opportunities for enhancing the economic cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Turkey. Our goal is for a few years trade with Turkey to be one billion euros. This evening, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told Turkish businessmen at the dinner in Ankara, organized by TOBB – the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Stock Exchanges of the Republic of Turkey.

Prime Minister Zaev, according to the government’s press service, was on an official visit to the Republic of Turkey tonight.

‘We are here to make an open invitation to invest in Macedonia. I am aware that my country will make progress if the private sector and investments are developed. I want to convey to you that there is an ambience for investing in the Republic of Macedonia. We are in pre-contract with about 35 investors. we have signed contracts with 10, and there are 100 interested,’ said Zaev.” (transated from Nova Makedonija)

“The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced today that for the railroad and traffic infrastructure it has provided 127.2 million euros ($156.22 million)out of which 108.1 million euros ($132.76 million) are assets from the IPA 2 program, and 19.1 million euros ($23.46 million) were provided from Republic of Macedonia’ budget.

A total number of 71.5 million euros ($87.45 million) should be utilized for building a part of the third phase of the railroad towards Bulgaria i.e. the section Kriva Palanka – border crossing Deve Bair, and 48,7 million of euros for building the second phase of the express line Gradsko -Prilep i.e. the section Gradsko – Drenovo.” (Meta)

“Macedonia’s Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi and Russia’s Ambassador to the country Oleg Shcherbak expressed hope Thursday for the friendly relations between the two countries to keep advancing.

Notifying that after the incident on 27 April 2017 the Parliament has managed to enter a normal course of functioning, Xhaferi briefed the guest about the upcoming activities of Macedonia’s highest legislative body, singling out the adoption of a myriad of reform laws that derive from the EU recommendations, the Speaker’s Office said in a press release.

The negotiations between the ruling and opposition parties resume in spite of the opposition’s decision to boycott the Parliament, Xhaferi told Shcherbak.” (Nezavisen)

“The Civil-Innovation Initiative of the Slovene-Macedonian Friendship Day in Ljubljana today organized a rally in support of the name of Macedonia, demanding the immediate stop of talks on changing the name of the Macedonian state, the withdrawal of the unconstitutional law on bilingualism and the census of the population under the control of international organizations.

Macedonia has been in the name dispute with Greece for years. For Greece, the name Macedonia is part of its cultural heritage. Macedonia is also the name of the province in the north of Greece, which is supposed to be the center of the ancient empire of Alexander the Great. The Greek government therefore uses these words in the name of the Macedonian state.” (translated from Sio1)