Express road to long-term problems in Eastern Macedonia

The express road project in Eastern Macedonia of 23 million Euros, as promised by the ruling party in the last election, has become more expensive to 56 million, not for a highway, but for expansion of the existing road which should become express road. The study of a German company, however, shows that the highway will cost 70 million Euros. Residents of the surrounding areas are in panic for their safety. “Here is the road Stip – Kocani, too. With reconstruction of this road as express road, the speed limit from the current 50-70 km/h will increase, the existing width of the road will be reconstructed and expanded in length of 26 km. The route starts from Stip, continues in several settlements and ends in Kocani. This is an investment worth 23 million Euros”, this is the decision that...

Sahara in Macedonia: Unfinished plans of the controversial businessman

Subrata Roy, 66-year-old controversial businessman from India, came to Macedonia in June 2012 with a wide smile and full of optimism, as an actor of Bollywood films. Dressed in a white shirt with short sleeves and a black jelick, modern version of the traditional Indian clothing, in Macedonia he was introduced as the savior of domestic economy. He met most of the ministers, the mayor of Ohrid and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. His plans, which were released after the meetings, predicted construction of a tourist resort in Ohrid, a fodder factory and a dairy farm with 20 thousand head of cattle. With these and other announced investments employment was expected of over 3 thousand unemployed people in Macedonia. It was estimated that this would mean greater success for a country with about 30 percent unemployment. As a gift, Roy...

They save on heating to replace the asbestos roof

What conditions do primary school students in Skopje have, do schools have enough space for uninterrupted teaching, and do they have gyms, arranged school yards, what level is hygiene at? Inbox 7 team toured several schools in Skopje to see if they meet the basic criteria prescribed by law. First we visited the oldest school in Macedonia, “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, which is located in the center of Skopje. This school has no gym yet, physical education classes are conducted in improvised conditions. Then, in the municipality Gjorce Petrov in the school “Strasho Pindzur” we entered an arranged schoolyard, a spacious gym, but we found out that there they are facing a problem that must be solved soon – part of the school roof is dilapidated. Criteria Cyril and Methodius Strasho Pindzur Naum Ohridski Hygienic conditions Yes Yes Yes...

The oldest school in Macedonia has no school gym

For one meter less they cannot build a school gym, they lack “only two classrooms” to save electricity and heating, they need “just a new roof” so as not to destroy the renovated school. These are the most common problems faced by primary schools in Skopje to boast they can have classes in normal conditions.   Inbox 7 team toured several schools in Skopje to see if they meet the basic criteria prescribed by law: hygienic premises, a school gym, way of using electricity, water and heating, whether student transport is provided, whether they have arranged schoolyards, access for students with disabilities, diet and whether and how security is guaranteed.   In all the schools we visited there are no access ramps for children with special needs. We noticed that some do not have security cameras, but we also...

Traffic fines highest in Macedonia

Macedonian citizens are again faced with increased penalties. The government is drafting amendments to the Law on Road Safety which provides reinforcement of penal policy. Inbox 7 surveyed how it is in other countries and what penalties are paid by citizens. We decided to analyze the most common traffic violations in countries in the region and the European Union. Penal policy in Macedonia is studied by Zoran Popovski, presidential candidate in the last election, in whose campaign this issue was very important. “In recent years there has been real draconization of the penal policy. Presumably, the purpose is to keep citizens in fear through this brutal penal baton. It is a kind of a guarantee for calm and long-term governance”, says Popovski. He advocates reducing penalties and suggests to be charged as a percentage of revenue realized by the...

Foreign media not interested in Macedonian TV stations

Ownership structure in the Macedonian media is problematic. Currently there is no media in this country that is on commercial basis. Formerly it was A1, say experts in the country. For Stole Naumov, journalist and former member of the Broadcasting Council, the ownership structure of the media is unfavorable. “There should be transparent media ownership. Not everyone who wishes, to have its own media. The situation is similar with the banks. Not everyone can own a bank. To prevent concentration of media ownership in the same persons, they must insist on media owners to be journalists”, says Naumov. He adds that big bosses can finance media, on the other hand they may have their interests that are contrary to the public interest. Media ownership is problematic for one of the bards of the Macedonian journalism Aleksandar Chomovski. “I think...

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