Monday, January 18, 2010



UK based apparel buyers, retailers and brands seeking a new source of production are being invited to a special event taking place in Macedonia in early March.

The 1st Annual Macedonia - UK Apparel Business to Business Event will showcase around 20 of Macedonia's leading apparel manufacturers, representing a cross section of the capabilities the republic has to offer, including tailoring and shirting.

"Macedonia is well placed for quick turnaround and their quality is fantastic," UK apparel marketing specialist Claire Hamer told just-style. "They produce for many high end Italian brands."

Supported and organised by the Macedonia Competitiveness Project, which is in turn funded by US development agency USAID, the platform will not only set up pre-matched meetings for participants but will also include factory visits.

In all, it "represents a cost-effective way to meet new suppliers, build relationships with existing partners, and learn more about why Macedonia should be part of your apparel sourcing strategy," its organisers say.

As a regional leader in apparel manufacturing, Macedonian makers have served major brands and retailers throughout Europe for many years.

The industry employs more than 40,000, with exports exceeding $500m annually, and is moving up the value chain.

Key export products include men's shirts, women's blouses and tops and bottoms for men and women.

Macedonian manufacturers offer advantages that include production costs of EUR0.08 per minute (one of the lowest rates in Europe), and the flexibility to produce small orders at the same prices as larger orders

They also boast short lead times due to their proximity to markets and fabric producers (such as Turkey and Italy) and efficient transport and logistics linkages.

The Macedonia - UK Apparel Business to Business Event will kick off on 2 March with a one-day trade show followed by two days of factory visits. For further details email Claire Hamer or call +44 7711533661.


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Austria wishes to mediate in settling of Macedonia-Greece name row, Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger told TV ORF on Sunday.

He expressed hope for the EU-Macedonia cooperation to present 'tangible results' in this year.

Spindelegger announced that he, along with Greek officials, would launch a 'Western Balkan initiative' at the EU, aimed to bring the Western Balkan countries closer to the Union.

He also expressed hope that Croatia would wrap up the accession negotiations in the course of 2010.

In mid-terms I believe that Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania will be EU members by 2020, the Austrian FM said.

It is also necessary for all EU member states to recognize Kosovo, he said.

- Kosovo's approximation to the EU is part of the Austrian initiative for Western Balkans, Spindelegger said.


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Friday, January 08, 2010



Have a look at the newest Macedonia timeless commercial about Macedonian wines:

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Thursday, January 07, 2010



Finally, Macedonian christmas! Macedonia Daily wishes you a happy christmas and a great time celebrating it! Christmas is widely celebrated all over Macedonia. In Skopje for example the 18th traditional Christmas Eve festivity took place outside St. Kliment Ohridski Cathedral.

This event to become traditional in the Macedonian capital is becoming a reality. Each year, thousands of Macedonian citizens attend this celebration, the peak of which is the welcoming of the Christmas godfather with a blessing from the Macedonian church head.

Like every year, free brandy, communion, and Christmas Eve oak tree branches were given away outside the cathedral, while the ceremony began with a Christmas Eve hymn and with the committee hoisting the Christmas Eve flag.

MD: We wish you a merry christmas!! Hristos se rodi! Navistina se rodi!!


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