“From September the 8th, 1991 we are our own, all those theories that Macedonia is a temporary state have been crushed.” Said the Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski when he addressed the people at the Macedonian National Theatre in his speech for Independence Day
“The most important challenge yet, is to carry on bettering our lives, improve the way our country functions with Democratic principle. We have to reach the standards for what we strive for, the EU and NATO. We have overcome many challenges and turbulence, but all theories that Macedonia would last as a temporary state crumbled. Macedonia, with all the problems it has faced, moved forward, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, but the foundations have been established strong and firm, we managed to build what we have. Our biggest challenge since our independence is EU and NATO, and to triumph the problem Greece has set out for us and remain connected with our name and identity. Obviously, this may be a long battle, a political one. We have endured many challenges following our plans, but its time the larger Nations should once and for all solve this problem. We are ready to compromise”, said Nikola Gruevski..
The Prime Minister in his speech touched on other issues which the country faces. He said the demographics, and the flourishing of the country will remain at the top of their biggest challenges.