Zaev on a two-day visit to Brussels, meetings with Tusk, Hahn and Stoltenberg

Brussels, 28 June, 2018 - 11:29 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Deputy Prime Minister Radmila Šekerinska, Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov are on a two-day working visit to Brussels, stated the government’s press office.

Today, during this working visit, the government delegation will meet with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk. They will have a joint statement for the media, and will also meet with the Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn.

Prime Minister Zaev today in the afternoon will address the Crans Montana Forum at the session entitled “Southeastern Europe and its accession to the European Union”.

Tomorrow, a meeting is scheduled with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, followed by a joint press conference..

During the two-day working visit to Brussels, Prime Minister Zaev will participate in the working meeting of the Party of European Socialists.

British Prime Minister Theresa May in Skopje

Skopje, 17 May, 2018 - 17:41 (META) 

This afternoon, British Prime Minister Theresa May is on an official visit to Macedonia together with a government delegation.

She will be first greeted in the Government, followed by a press conference held by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. At 17 o’clock, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi is organizing a reception in the Crystal Hall in Parliament.

Šekerinska from Vermont: Macedonia deserves NATO membership

Washington, 2 May, 2018 - 10:46 (META) 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Radmila Šekerinska, during her official visit to the United States stated that Macedonia deserves NATO membership.

She told a news conference in the US state of Vermont that Macedonia has shown that it is a dedicated partner to which Alliance members can count on.

“My goal is to seek the support of the strategic partner of Macedonia, the United States, ahead of the NATO Summit. Macedonia deserved its place in NATO, we have worked hard. We have shown that Macedonia is a committed partner to which Alliance members can count on. We believe that the invitation to Macedonia for NATO membership will contribute to our stability, but also to the stability of the region, and it will be in the US interest, said Šekerinska.

She met in Vermont with Governor Phil Scott and National Guard Commander Major General Steven Cray.

The Defense Secretary is scheduled to meet with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis today in Washington.

Šekerinska: Last year on April 27 we reached rock bottom and were on the brink of civil war

Washington, 27 April, 2018 - 15:38 (META) 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Radmila Šekerinska launched her official visit to the United States by taking part in a round table organized by the American Atlantic Council on the topic “The Balkans and NATO membership through the prism of Macedonia: High stakes in terms of global security and the fate of democracy in a small country “.

Šekerinska talked about the Balkans and the challenges it has faced in the past, the political crisis in Macedonia and the new reform processes, as well as the return of the country on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration.

“In these 10 months we have seriously focused on domestic reforms and on improving good neighborly relations. We focused on issues at the heart of Euro-Atlantic integration – free media, rule of law, interethnic relations and institutional resilience. We ask you to support Macedonia to receive an invitation to join NATO this year, because such a breakthrough can have a positive impact, which will create a new hope in the Balkans”, said the minister.

Turning to the events in Parliament that occured on the present day last year, Šekerinska said that last April, Macedonia “reached rock bottom”.

“The incident could have completely spun out of control and threatened to take the country a step closer to civil war. We had formed a majority in Parliament and everyone expected a new, reform-oriented government to be elected, and the people who wanted to stay in power saw that violence was their only way of staying. Fortunately the attempt was unsuccessful”, she said.

The Brdo-Brijuni process was first held in 2013 on a joint initiative of the presidents of the Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia, in Brdo near Kranj, Slovenia.

Šekerinska: It’s possible we receive an invitation to NATO this year, I expect support from the USA

Skopje, 20 April, 2018 - 22:46 (META) 

We are focused on finding a solution to the name dispute by the end of June, in order to turn things around, so in July, Macedonia can receive an invitation to join NATO, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Radmila Šekerinska at a meeting with journalists ahead of her official visit to the United States which lasts from April 26 to May 2, at the invitation of the US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis.

She pointed out that Macedonia can not become a member at this moment, but that it is possible for the country to receive an invitation from NATO, this year.

“It is important that the negotiation process with Greece succeed. I would like to emphasize that in such a case, Macedonia will not become a NATO member in July, but will only receive an invitation for membership, followed by the ratification process. This means that our southern neighbor will have another opportunity to block our membership if we do not reach a solution to the name dispute. Any postponement of the decision is to our disadvantage, because the timing is so important. Next year, Macedonia will hold presidential elections, and in Greece there will be European elections, therefore I think that we should make every effort to reach a solution”, said Šekerinska.

The Government, says the deputy Prime Minister, is focused on finding a solution to the name in time for the NATO summit because any delay can change the situation on the ground.

“There will be a period of time which will be unpredictable, because only a part of the work actually depends on Macedonia. Recent statements from Greek officials are not surprising because last year they said that EU membership would not be a problem, but NATO membership would be”, said Šekerinska.

Kotzias greeted by protesters and banners outside the Foreign Ministry

Skopje, 23 March, 2018 - 14:26 (META) 

During a meeting between Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and his Greek counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, a group of citizens gathered in front of the Foreign Ministry.

They carried banners that were written in English, saying “Our name is Macedonia”, “Kotzias go home, you are not welcome in Macedonia”, “Stop the Holocaust against Macedonians” and “Stop Racism and Discrimination against Macedonians”.

After the meeting, Kotzias and Dimitrov are set to hold a joint press conference, after which the Greek Foreign Minister will meet with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani, and in Parliament they will meet with DUI leader Ali Ahmeti.

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Ivanov is on an official visit to Turkey and he will meet with Erdogan

Ankara, 19 February, 2018 - 12:42 (META) 

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov and his wife, Maja Ivanov, are on an official visit to Turkey.

President Ivanov will have a bilateral meeting in Ankara with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and with high ranking Turkish officials. AS part of the visit, Ivanov will put a diadem at the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk in Ankara.

Ivanov will give a lecture on the subject of “Challenges of High Education in the Third Millennium” in front of the Council of Higher Education of the Republic of Turkey and the rectors of all state and private universities in the country.

The Macedonian president will be given an award for “World Leadership” regarding the “School of Young Leaders” as the best socially responsible project in Europe for the year 2017.

Junker will arrive in Macedonia on the 25th of February for official visit

Skopje, 8 February, 2018 - 14:06 (META) 

The Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, informed that the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude- Junker will be visiting Macedonia on the 25th of February. Macedonia will be the first country that Junker will visit as part his tour through the countries of Western Balkans in order to present the EU’s Strategy for the region.

-This is an important moment for the presentation of the strategy, but also it will serve as an encouragement of the governments to double their efforts for achieving the new targets – said Osmani.

According to him, the Strategy is meeting all of Macedonia’s expectations because it valorizes the successes of the country regarding its reforms.

He stressed that the Report of the European Commission about the country’s advancement will be announced on the 17th of April and he expects a clean 9th recommendation for starting the negotiations.

Zaev will visit Turkey on the 12th of February and will meet with Erdogan and Yildirim

Skopje, 5 February, 2018 - 14:09 (META) 

A government delegation, led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, will be visiting the Republic of Turkey, on the 12th of February, informs the government’s press service.

During Prime Minister Zaev’s visit, he will have meetings with Turkey’s President, Recep Taip Erdogan, Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim and the President of the Turkish Parliament, Ismail Kahraman.

After the meeting with Prime Minister Yildirim, both prime ministers will have a joint press conference.

Tsipras to Stoltenberg: It’s important we adhere to the Bucharest Summit

Athens, 20 January, 2018 - 14:44 (META) 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a telephone conversation with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday, informing him about his recent visit to the Republic of Macedonia, Greek media reported.

Tsipras congratulated Stoltenberg’s statements on the name dispute with the neighboring country, stressing the importance of consistently adhering to the Bucharest Summit declaration.

At that meeting in 2008, Alliance members concluded that Macedonia should become a member only after the name issue is resolved.