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Shekerinska and Dimitrov at 22nd “Symi” international symposium organized by the Andreas Papandreou Foundation

The Deputy Prime Minister of the Government and Minister of Defence Radmila Shekerinska and the Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov are taking part in the 22nd “Symi” international symposium, which is taking place in Athens and Lagonissi this year, under the auspices of the Greek Chairmanship with the Council of Europe, and organized by the Andreas Papandreou Foundation in cooperation with the Region of Attica and the City of Athens. The focus of the symposium is placed on cooperation and solidarity in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic world, in the function of exchanging opinions for approach and strategies that will represent national and global interests in the field of healthcare, exit strategies, regional cooperation and socio-economic challenges after the COVID-19 crisis, human rights and impact on vulnerable categories, development of “green” economies, impact on democracy and other relevant topics. Shekerinska took part in the “The world post COVID19” panel, dedicated to political and security global challenges caused by the coronavirus, which also featured NATO Deputy Secretary-Genereral Mircea Geoana, as well as politicians and experts from the US, Sweden, Turkey and France. “The pandemic has shown that the concept of security needs to be redefined and expanded. This entails changes in our national strategies, as well as changes in NATO planning, which received support at recent ministerial meetings as well. At the same time, the pandemic reminded the world of the importance of investing in public health and scientific cooperation” emphasized Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Radmila Shekerinska. Dimitrov, at the panel titled “COVID19 and regional cooperation, prioritizing common interests”, addressed the importance of regional cooperation, particularly in conditions of a pandemic, as well as the need to undertake the necessary measures for mitigating the implication of COVID-19 on the health and socio-economic life of the citizens of Western Balkan and EU countries. In addition to FM Dimitrov, other panelists included former Prime Ministers of Greece and Kosovo, George Papandreou and Albin Kurti. FM Dimitrov: “Geographically, culturally and economically our region is in the same boat with the European Union. We are in a race with time. To make the Western Balkan fully European, where tensions regarding nationalism, borders, history, will open the path to a brighter present and future for the present and future generations. To convince the skeptics in the EU that it is of common interest to invest in this goal, as well as to bring back hope to youth in the region that the goal of better and more prosperous life, rule of law, quality education and healthcare services, clean air is attainable at home as well. Furthermore, the engagement and assistance of the great political powers are very important by all means, but we have to create opportunities on the ground. This sense of cooperation, solidarity and togetherness that slowly but surely is being reborn during the pandemic crisis, is of greatest importance for us all to maintain it further during the accession process towards the achievement of the goal of a completely European Western Balkans”.  In the margins of the Symposium, Minister Dimitrov had several meetings, including with the Alternate Foreign Minister of Greece Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, with whom they discussed the key items on the agenda of the Greek Chairmanship with the Council of Europe. The Symposium allows debate between politicians, healthcare scientists, academics, Nobel-prize winners, and representatives of international and European organizations. 

North Macedonia elected as a member of the UN Commission for Social Development for the 2020-2024 period

On 21 July 2020, member states of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), elected by acclamation the Republic of North Macedonia as a member of the UN Commission for Social Development for the 2020-2024 period. The Commission for Social Development is one of the ten functioning commissions established by ECOSOC. As an advisory body, it is in charge of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at global level and is the key UN body in charge of follow up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and the Programme of Action. It consists of 46 members elected on the principle of equitable geographical distribution of UN member states. North Macedonia is among five member states from the Eastern Europe group, which at this moment also includes the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. The election is an acknowledgement of the achievements of the Republic of North Macedonia in the past period, which are in line with the Copenhagen commitments, particularly the creation of an economic, political, cultural and legal environment that enables social development of the individual, reduction of poverty and social cohesion, increase of employment, human rights-based social integration, achieving gender equality, as well as development of education and healthcare. The membership of North Macedonia in this Commission will provide an opportunity for broader international promotion of these accomplishments, as well as a contribution to international efforts for implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Farewell meeting of FM Dimitrov with Slovenian Ambassador Jazbec

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov today had a farewell meeting with the outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the Republic of Macedonia, Milan Jazbec, which voiced satisfaction with the development of relations and cooperation between the two countries so far. FM Dimitrov: “The personal engagement and support of Slovenia on our path to NATO and the EU is evidence of the sincere friendship between the two countries. Friendship confirmed with deeds to which we can best respond by consistent mutual cooperation and maintaining excellent friendly relations.“ The interlocutors discussed the current domestic political situation in the two countries, with emphasis on the activities undertaken by the governments to tackle the pandemic, and in this context, the efforts to mitigate socio-economic consequences. Furthermore, they agreed that the prime guide of the next Government of the Republic of North Macedonia should be the European integration course and the reform principles that it implies, with the aim of further democratic and economic development of the country and its full integration in the EU. Minister Dimitrov welcomed the strong and active engagement of Ambassador Jazbec in the country and presented him with a Certificate of appreciation or his dedication in promotion of Slovenian-Macedonian friendship, bilateral relations and close cooperation and partnership, wishing him success in his future engagements.

Minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia:

Nikola Dimitrov

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