Tagged: fyrom

Border blockade delays FYROM cargo

Tens of thousands of tons of cargo destined for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) started to pile up at the northern port of Thessaloniki Friday after Greek farmers blockaded the border crossing at Evzones. A small number of the trucks carrying raw materials such as steel and nickel attempted to cross the border […]

FYROM foreign minister rules out name change

Nikola Poposki, the foreign minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), has said that the conservative ruling party, the VMRO-DPMNE, will not accept any changes to the Balkan country’s constitutional name. “I will once again repeat that VMRO-DPMNE will not accept any constitutional changes designed to change the constitutional name of the Republic […]

FYROM has sent back refugees and Greek gov’t did not realize it

FYROM authorities claimed that they have sent back to Greece about 1,500 refugees and immigrants who followed an alternative route and crossed a river in order to enter FYROM. However, the Greek authorities confirmed that only 200 refugees were sent back. But, even if there are refugees who are still in FYROM, their readmission to […]

Greece cannot confirm nor deny that migrants sent back from FYROM

Greece’s deputy defense minister said on Tuesday he could not confirm nor deny whether migrants who left a Greek transit camp and crossed into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Monday had been returned back to Greece. “What I know is that any procedure will take place via the usual diplomatic means,” Dimitris […]

Refugees attempt en masse to cross over into FYROM on Clean Monday

A group of hundreds of refugees attempted to cross over into FYROM on Clean Monday, unable to bear the living conditions at the camp in Idomeni. It appears that a rumor regarding an opening in the border in the nearby Chamilo village prompted many of the refugees. Greek authorities were caught by surprise and unable […]

US official set for border visit

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland may visit Greece this week with the aim of viewing firsthand the impact of the refugee crisis, sources in Brussels have told Dailyhellas. Nuland may arrive on Thursday and is expected to travel to Idomeni on Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to visit […]

FYROM police reopen border for a trickle of refugees

Authorities of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have briefly opened their border with Greece to refugees heading for central Europe, allowing in a few score. About 10,000 people remain camped at the crossing, awaiting their turn. Greek police say FYROM opened the crossing from midnight Tuesday to 2 a.m. Wednesday, and from 7 a.m. […]

Over 9,000 refugees remain ‘trapped’ on the border with FYROM

The situation in Idomeni is becoming increasingly more dramatic, as over 9,000 refugees are camped by the border with FYROM, in hopes of crossing over to carry on their journey. Although the authorities in Serbia and FYROM have set limits on the number of refugees allowed through their territories, many more continue to head for […]

Greece blasts Austria as more migrants stranded

Greece made a strongly worded complaint to Austria Tuesday for drastically restricting migrant crossings, as police at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) removed hundreds of Afghan migrants stranded at a camp there. Athens has criticized Austria’s decision last week to cap the daily number of asylum applications and migrants crossing […]

FYROM raises a second fence along its border with Greece

The government of FYROM ordered to raise a second fence along its border with Greece, in the neutral zone between Idomeni and Gevgelis putting its announcements for stricter measures and migrants controls into practice. The country’s army has already begun the construction works by cleaning and setting up the area, while FYROM’s troops have already […]

Greek bus drivers, migrants block highway over border impasse

Greek bus drivers and migrant passengers seeking to reach western Europe blocked traffic on the main highway running north to Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Thursday, tempers fraying over the slow pace of passage over the border. At least 80 buses have been backed up short of Greece’s northern border with FYROM for […]

Greece-Fyrom buffer zone still closed; large number of refugees awaiting at the camp

The buffer zone between Greece and Fyrom at Idomeni, the crossing point for refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, remains closed for second consecutive day. Over 1,000 refugees have found shelter at the temporary camp in Idomeni. Police said that nine buses with 500 refugees are waiting at the nearby gas station. The passengers will […]

FYROM PM says open to changing country’s name

The Prime Minister of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikola Gruevski, has said he would be open to changing his country’s name – the subject of an over two decades-long controversy with Greece. In an interview with the Guardian published Wednesday, Gruevski said that he was prepared to kickstarting talks with Athens providing that […]

‘Conditions more than ripe’ for a name solution, says FYROM’s FM

“Don’t make excessive demands of us,” stresses Nikola Poposki, foreign minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), on the issue of Greece’s name dispute with its northern neighbor, ahead of a scheduled visit to Athens on Thursday. “We are both proud people,” he told Kathimerini in this interview translated into English from the […]

Frontex examining Greek request for RABIT support in the Aegean

The European Union’s external border protection agency Frontex is currently examining a request submitted by Greek authorities for the the deployment of Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) on Greek islands in the Aegean. Frontex is expected to come to a decision within five days. Should Frontex accept the Greek request, then EU member states and […]

Frontex joins in guarding of Greek-FYROM borders

Greeks will collaborate with European guards to manage their frontier with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) said Frontex, the EU border agency, on Thursday after a deal was brokered to address concerns over Athens’ commitment to control migration. The deal came after other EU states piled pressure on Greece ot accept help for […]

FYROM police shoot tear gas at migrants on Greek border

Police in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia fired tear gas and stun grenades at desperate migrants stranded for days at the Greek border who are demanding passage to western Europe, as soldiers began erecting a metal fence to keep them out. FYROM, along with other Balkan countries on the migrant route, began turning away […]

FYROM army starts building fence on Greek border

Soldiers in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) began erecting a metal fence on Saturday on the country’s southern border with Greece, but the government said it had no plans to seal off access to refugees fleeing war and heading to western Europe. Soldiers drove metal poles around 3 metres high into the cold, muddy […]