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Macedonia lowers medicine prices; “Fifty-fifty” chance for EU talks start date
Pharmacies across the country yesterday lowered prices of some 350 medicines crucial for thousands of patients, after the state regulatory body ordered such move. Most of the prices are 8 to 15 percent lower but there are some lowered up to 70 percent. The state inspectorate was in action checking whether the order is being respected in pharmacies.
Macedonia has a “fifty-fifty” chance of getting an actual start date for its EU accession talks this autumn at the EU council, said Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki. This is his first estimate after earlier this month the European Commission granted green light for accession talks to Macedonia for the fourth consecutive time in its generally positive annual progress report on the country’s progress. But Europe has not offered an actual start date for the talks owing to the Greek blockade, related to the dispute over Macedonia’s name.
Balkan Insight has not verified the reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
The Serbian paramilitary who became a key prosecution witness at his former comrades’ trial for war crimes in Kosovo says he had to speak out about the brutal massacres his unit committed.