BULGARIA OPENS CONSULATE IN BITOLA
Bulgaria officially opened a consulate in Bitola on Wednesday, serving residents there and in nine nearby towns.
Bulgaria's EU accession next week prompted the move, since as an EU member, Bulgaria will have to introduce visas for its Balkan neighbours.
MD: Before the rise of Skopje, Bitola has always been the home of the foreign diplomats in Macedonia. There are still some consulates in Bitola and there are coming more again. Greece opened a consulate last year, now this one and the Bitola mayor said Serbia, Montenegro and Ukraine will open their consulates as well.