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DROUTSAS: NO NEED TO UPGRADE THE RELATIONSHIPS February 1, 2010

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“I don’t see the reason for upgrading diplomatic relations with Skopje”, Greek Alternate FM Dimitris Droutsas said in his interview for Greece’s SKAI Radio.
The process of seeking a solution to the Athens – Skopje dispute about the use of the name “Macedonia” will continue under the auspices of the United Nations but bilateral contacts could be helpful, Greece’s alternate foreign mnister
Dimitris Droutsas said, a day after meeting Macedonian foreign minister Antonio Milososki in London.
Asked about a proposal by Macedonia to upgrade the diplomatic missions in the two capital cities, Droutsas said that he had told Milososki that “we are clearly pursuing the substantial improvement of our relations, but I said that at this time, at the level where these relations currently are, I don’t see the reason for such an upgrading”.
“We believe that these bilateral meetings, the direct contacts, can only help and support the process for finding a name – a process that I stress is being carried out under the auspices of the UN,” Droutsas pointed out.

SKOPJE WILL LEND 350m FROM EBRD

EBDR will lend 350 million denars to city of Skopje to finance improvement and road repairs and construction building of traffic management and control centre.
About 160 million denars will be allocated for the construction building of the traffic management and control centre.
City of Skopje announces a supply of trucks for the JP “Communal hygiene” as well as supply of trash cans. For that purpose the city council approved of an additional debit of 183 million denars.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN industry IN DECEMBER

The number of employees in industry in December 2009, in comparison with the same month of the previous year, decreased by 6.7%. According to the State Statistical Office data, the index of the number of employees in industry in December 2009, in comparison with the same month of the previous year, is 93.3.
In December 2009, the number of employees in industry in the Republic of Macedonia, in comparison with the average number of employees in industry in 2005, decreased by 13.2 %.
The number of employees in industry in the section Mining and Quarrying in December 2009, in comparison with the average number of employees in industry in 2005, decreased by 25.2 %, in Manufacturing industry decreased by 12.1 % and in the section Electricity, gas and water supply decreased by 10.9 %.
The index of the number of employees in industry in the Republic of Macedonia in period January – December 2009, in comparison with January – December 2008, is 93.4.

VISA FREE-TRAVEL AGREEMENT BETWEEN Macedonia AND UKRAINE

Macedonia and Ukraine will soon scrap visa requirements to promote trade and investment between the two countries, Ukrainian foreign ministry said. The visa-free travel agreement is expected to be signed in early February.
Macedonian foreign minister Antonio Milososki and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko met Thursday to discuss the procedure of signing. Milosovksi also invited Poroshenko to visit Macedonia in March. The draft-agreement on visa-free travel won an approval by Ukraine’s Cabinet of Minister in November 2009.

BECUTAN– SUPER BRAND IN Croatia

Macedonian brand Becutan which is a product of the Macedonian pharmaceutical company Alkaloid, was chosen as super brand in Croatia amidst the competition of 100 brands. This competition was organized by Superbrand International, which is present in over 80 countries worldwide. Alkaloid was awarded at the ceremony in Zagreb.
Head of Alkaloid in Zagreb Neven Sukarovski said that this acknowledgment is a confirmation that Becutan is one of the leading brands worldwide. Acknowledgements were awarded to Konzum, Agrokor, Ledo, Ronhil, Mimara Museum, Dukat, Diners Club etc.
Alkaloid was ranked 20 among 280 Pharmaceutical Companies in Croatia.

Macedonia WITH LOW DEFICIT IN 2010

The executive director of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Shtros-Kahn claimed that the economy is recovering . However, he added that the problem of high deficit would be present in many countries.
On the other hand, the Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski stressed that Macedonia will not face such a problem, because last year Macedonia had the second lowest budget deficit in Europe.
According to Gruevski, the state paid all liabilities towards its international institutions on time and thus it belongs to the group of countries with low indebtedness.

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