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The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrej Zernovski, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered the welcoming speech at the "Regional School Security 2019" on “Hybrid Threats and their Impact on Democracy – Challenges for Regional Cooperation".   The School is organized by the Faculty of Security – Skopje with the support of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and the Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies from Brussels, in cooperation with the Centre for Research and Policy-Making.

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In his remarks, Deputy Minister Zernovski noted that our societies face a serious challenge from those who want to manage other countries’ strategic priorities for their own interests, from hybrid threats, cyber-attacks and the most exposed in our region – fake news.  These threats have great potential to disrupt the political scene, economy and work of the public services, from using targeted misinformation campaigns to hostile military or subversive activities, in order to assert their influence.  “The efforts to destabilise countries by undermining pubic trust in government institutions, challenging the fundamental values of societies, have already become a common denominator”, Zernovski said.

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“In line with NATO's basic principle of collective security, the Republic of North Macedonia, as the future 30th member of the Alliance, is ready to continue to work closely with NATO, as a strong and reliable ally ready to protect the national cyberspace during the cooperation and exchange of information at national and international level, simultaneously providing an open, free, confidential and secure computer space", said Deputy FM Zernovski in his remarks.

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Deputy Minister Zernovski, said, having in mind the regional context and our readiness to cooperate with neighbouring countries facing the same problems, and driven by the excellent cooperation and support of the European Commission in terms of digital policy, as a Government, we have proposed the first Regional Cyber Security Training and Research Centre, to be opened in Skopje.

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The event featured an interactive debate between students and professors from the Republic of North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Greece, as well as representatives of relevant institutions in the country. This initiative was launched by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in 2015 and aims to strengthen the regional cooperation among the academic circles in these countries, and naturally the cooperation and exchange of ideas among students of respective faculties, as well as among the future security decision-makers.