North Macedonia's lawmakers adopt coronavirus-relief package

2021-04-18 22:05:56 GMT2021-04-19 06:05:56(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SKOPJE, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Lawmakers in North Macedonia's parliament on Sunday voted unanimously in favor of the fifth coronavirus-relief package worth 156 million euros (around 187 million U.S. dollars), according to Media Information Agency.

The package includes a set of measures in support of self-employed citizens and employers for the payment of salaries of February and March 2021, in order to overcome the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has so far spent some 860 million euros on four stimulus packages, about 82 percent of which has been implemented, according to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who expects the economy to expand by 4.1 percent in 2021.

The World Bank has projected 3.6 percent growth for North Macedonia's economy in 2021, whereas the International Monetary Fund forecast 3.8 percent growth. (1 euro = 1.20 U.S. dollars) Enditem