Elections in North Macedonia: Did COVID 19 Change Political Priorities?

Kursnummer: 111720on

Europe 2020: Avoiding electoral surprises
Part 26: Elections in North Macedonia: Did COVID 19 Change Political Priorities?

When:  Thursday, 9 July 2020, from 9:00–11:00
Where: ConcordiaCloud
Registration deadline:  8 July 2020

Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and the European Commission Representation in Austria.

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North Macedonia holds elections on 15 July 2020. The initial date was 12 April 2020. Elections were postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic and political priorities have shifted.

When Zoran Zaev became Prime Minister in 2017, he set one political goal: starting accession talks with the EU. To fulfil the accession requirements, he managed to settle the dispute over the country’s name with Greece, and build relationships and friendships across Europe. Initially, however,  the accession talks were blocked, and as he promised, Zeav resigned and called snap elections for 12 April 2020.

However, COVID 19 pandemic obliged the authorities to postpone the election date. In the meantime, on 26 March the EU Member States agreed on the beginning of the accession talks and on 27 March North Macedonia joined NATO.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, political developments in North Macedonia have been dynamic. At the same time, the management of the pandemic has changed the voters’ priorities. Which issues matter to the voters: corruption, living conditions, health and education, mafia structures, international agreements?

Journalist Sašo Ordanoski will offer an overview of the current political situation, while political analyst Albert Musliu will explain how education and health acquired a central role in the current campaign. He will also explore political concerns of the Albanian minority in North Macedonia.


Sašo Ordanoski, award-winning journalist, communications expert, university lecturer, political commentator, based in Skopje, North Macedonia.

Albert Musliu, political analyst and commentator, executive director of the Association for Democratic Initiative, based in Gostivar, North Macedonia.

Concept and Moderation

Mirjana Tomić, fjum


Presentations, Q&A, dialogue.

Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks.

Number of participants: Maximum 30


Read the provided material before the session.

Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager, mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, or call 0676 365 26 93

09.07.202009:00 - 11:00
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Albert Musliu, Sašo Ordanoski
Online (Zoom)