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FM Dimitrov at round-table event on “Presentation of the Fundamental Rights Report 2020”

A round-table event on “Presentation of the Fundamental Rights Report 2020: Evaluation of Human Rights Standards in North Macedonia through the prism of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, ahead of the opening of EU accession negotiations” was held today in Skopje, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Policy Institute and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. In his opening remarks, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov underlined the importance of the fulfilment of fundamental rights as a constitutional obligation and an obligation undertaken with international agreements such as the European Convention on Human Rights, foremost for the benefit of citizens, but also as an important prerequisite for joining the European Union. FM Dimitrov: “The EU has two strong magnets of attraction: equally strong as the economic one is the magnet comprised of European values, fundamental human rights, rule of law and democratic principles. Accession negotiations give us the most transformative tool that helps us strengthen all of these values at home. In fact, the fulfilment of fundamental rights as an essential part of the “Fundamentals” cluster in EU negotiations will be the subject of constant evaluation by the European Commission and the member states, that is, metaphorically speaking, fundamental rights will either be the “red brake” or the “engine” in our locomotive towards the EU. Let our first refueling station be the adoption of the Law on Protection against Discrimination!” The round-table was attended by representatives of the civil society and institutions responsible for the fulfilment of fundamental rights, and views on the subject were presented by the Ombudsman and observer at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Idzet Memeti and the Director of the European Policy Institute Simonida Kacarska. The fruitful discussion addressed the report of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights on North Macedonia, as well as the key challenges in this field before and during EU accession negotiations, cooperation with the civil society sector in promotion and protection of human rights, improvement of the capacities of the institutions in terms of enjoying human rights, application of the human rights approach in the institutional processes, as well as the role of international instruments, oversight mechanisms and technical support in function of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The event was organized based on comparative practices within the EU for promotion of findings of the Report at national level, as well as the importance of raising awareness for the work of the Agency and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

FM Dimitrov meets with newly appointed Ambassador of Germany, Anke Gisela Holstein

Today the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov met with the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of North Macedonia, H.E. Anke Gisela Holstein, who presented copies of credentials on this occasion. FM Dimitrov: In addition to intensive bilateral cooperation in the past three years that we are committed to furthering in the future, we eagerly await our joint success as well - the first Intergovernmental conference to be organized particularly during the German Presidency with the Council of the EU. We are grateful for the previous German contribution to building consensus and adopting a positive decision to open EU accession negotiations in March this year.” Wishing her success in the performance of this function, Minister Dimitrov assessed that the previous period marks a particularly dynamic bilateral political dialogue and cooperation in several fields of common interest. Ambassador Holstein reiterated Germany’s support for the realization of our strategic priorities, underlining that although the German Presidency with the Council of the EU is facing the biggest economic challenge in the history of the EU related to the recovery of countries affected by the coronavirus, it will work hard to strengthen the European perspective of our region, thus providing stability and development in the Western Balkans. The interlocutors also discussed the current epidemiological situation and the health challenges faced by our region and beyond, whereupon Minister Dimitrov voiced gratitude to Germany for its support so far against the pandemic in our countries. The meeting also discussed the preparations for holding democratic and fair early parliamentary elections in North Macedonia. 

Minister Dimitrov at promotion of capital publications on the Macedonian language at MASA

At the invitation of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MASA), the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov today attended the promotion of four capital publications on the Macedonian language. After the event, Minister Dimitrov said: “For us Macedonians, the Macedonian language is a closed issue, both at home and in the world. Every friendship, in order to be true, and European integration, in order to be European, entail our right to self-determination.” At the initiative of MASA and with complete support and involvement of the Institute for Macedonian Language Krste Petkov Misirkov, the Faculty of Philology “Blazhe Koneski” and the Macedonian Language Council, the following works were published recently: “Macedonian Language – a Continuity in Space and Time”, a collective monography which provides a synthetic overview of the historical development of the Macedonian language from the IX century until its codification; “Views on the Macedonian Language”, international collection of papers on different aspects of the Macedonian language by more than 40 foreign and Macedonian linguists; “Macedonian Chrestomathy”, a selection of important Macedonian writings from IX to XX century; and “Linguistic atlas of Macedonian dialects (based on OLA materials)” which provides deeper insight in the lexical abundance of Macedonian dialects.

Minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia:

Nikola Dimitrov

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