Sunday, 20 August 2017

Railways May Finally Connect Macedonia and Bulgaria by 2022   
20 November 2013 | Intention is choice with commitment, they say. And although Macedonia and Bulgaria have been declaring for years their intentions to build the remaining kilometers of railways to connect the two countries’ infrastructure, they didn’t seem to be resolute either in their choice, or in their commitment.

Now things finally seem to be moving forward. According to the Macedonian finance minister Zoran Stavreski there is a clear schedule and the project is a priority.

Its first phase would stretch the railways till Belyakovitsa by 2017. The second, which would last for two years, would bring them to Kriva Palanka, the last large village before the border with Bulgaria. The third, final stage, which would end in 2022, would reach the checkpoint at Deve Bair.

Zoran Stavrevski was quoted to say that international funding has been secured for the first two phases of the project.

The Balkans’ railways infrastructure is one of the least developed in Europe. Not only trains, but any public transport is often problematic in some areas of the peninsula. Even nowadays it is customary to use cabs to move from one capital to another, covering distances of several hundred kilometers. The train connection between Sofia and Skopje would be an important breakthrough for the region.




Macedonia to Open Ten Representative Wine Shops

28 February 2014 | In its efforts to boost the growing local wine industry, the government of Republic of Macedonia announced an ambitious project - to support the establishment of ten representative wine shops in the major towns across the country, and to cover good part of their running costs during the first three years. Full Story

Curiosity Chest

Put on a mask and say a dirty joke in Strumica, Macedonia

25 February 2014 | Next week the vivid carnival of Strumica, Macedonian Republic, will take place. Visitors from Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro are expected to arrive for this unique Balkan event – dressed in eccentric costumes and wearing colorful masks, to take part in the festive procession. Full Story

Useful Reads

Through Another Europe (2009) | Edited by Andrew Hammond

When Henry Blount journeyed through Bosnia in the 1630s, two things struck him: the purity of the water and the great height of the Bosnians, which, he noted, “made me suppose them the offspring of those old Germans noted by Tacitus and Caesar for their huge size.”
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Toshe Proeski’s Posthumous Album Released in Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia

27 January 2008 | The debut English album of Toshe Proseki, Macedonia’s beloved pop singer, was released posthumously on Sunday in order to mark 28 years from his birth.
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