Skopje 2014 (Macedonian:Скопје 2014) is a project financed by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, with the main ideology being based on that of the ruling party VMRO-DPMNE, with the purpose of giving the capital Skopje a more classical appeal by the year 2014. The project, officially announced in 2010, consists mainly of the construction of museums and government buildings, as well as the erection of monuments depicting historical figures from the region of Macedonia. Around 20 buildings and over 40 monuments are planned to be constructed as part of the project.
The project has been criticized for constructing nationalistic historicistkitsch. Skopje 2014 has also generated controversy for its cost, for which estimates range from 80 to 500 million euros.
The 1963 Skopje earthquake destroyed approximately 80% of the city, including most of the neoclassical buildings in the central part of Skopje. The rebuilding that followed saw the construction of mostly plain Socialist architecture. This is a main reason given by the government for the necessity of the project, to give Skopje a more monumental and visually pleasing image. Some of the project does consist of reconstructions of buildings destroyed or significantly damaged in the earthquake. This includes the national theatre, the old city hall, and Kale Fortress.
Eleven years since it was unveiled with a price tag that has since exceeded €700 million, some of the monuments that formed part of the “Skopje 2014” revamp are already crumbling ...Cracked tiles where the newly built Bridge of Arts meets the pedestrian track along the Vardar River in central Skopje.
At a special meeting of the parliamentary committee responsible for the future of Greek football, which was attended by representatives of FIFA and UEFA, Avgenakis said “We expected a clearer position from FIFA and UEFA on the naming issue of Skopje.”.
The former Greek PM however, also called on the Greek government to ratify as soon as possible all memoranda of collaboration with North Macedonia, something the Mitsotakis government has ‘frozen’ following alleged breaches of the agreement by Skopje concerning their national football federation ... . Advertisment. .
Although Skopje committed to changing its official tourism campaign according to the Prespa Agreement, the Ministry of Tourism continues to be provocative ... Such incidents lead to suspicion in Athens, despite Skopje’s efforts to amuse the impressions ... Prespa Agreement with Skopje freezes, Athens annoyed with Zaev.
“In any case, the good faith implementation of the agreement is one of the criteria for the country’s accession to the European Union,” she noted ... But on the other hand it is also making it clear that it will not turn a blind eye to what it sees as mixed signals coming from Skopje regarding its intentions to fully implement the agreement.
Kefalogiannis added ... Kefalogiannis explained that the GreekForeign Minister sent a letter complaining about Skopje’s violation of the Prespa Agreement at the EUROS ... Asked by reporters during a press conference on Saturday, Skopje’s foreign minister said. ... The Prespa agreement covers institutions that receive state money.” ... READ MORE.