Press Release
Meeting with Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Jan Fischer
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 00:00


The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov today held talks with Mr. Jan Fischer, Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

At the meeting, Mr. Fischer expressed his interest in the current political and economic developments in the Republic of Macedonia as well as on the country's efforts to join the Euro-Atlantic structures. In this respect, President Ivanov informed the interlocutor on the latest developments in the process for ironing the difference over the name with our southern neighbour, which is the only obstacle for resuming the Euro-Atlantic integration process. Namely, the President assessed that this is an issue which opens additional internal issues and challenges in the Republic of Macedonia, particularly in regard to the country’s economic development.


The interlocutors exchanged views and information on the situation in the wider region. The Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development expressed his appreciation to President Ivanov on his engagement on regional level and welcomed the efforts for defining projects that would enable infrastructure connection of the entire South-East Europe region, which are top regional cooperation priorities in President Ivanov’s agenda. Mr. Fisher stressed that EBRD stands ready to support Republic of Macedonia's development in line with the country's needs. Particular attention was given to the large infrastructure and energy projects such as Corridor 8 and 10. President Ivanov expressed gratitude for the role and the engagement of the EBRD as one of the greatest supporters of Macedonia's development in many spheres. President Ivanov also briefed his interlocutor on the undertaken activities for improving the business and investment climate in Macedonia.

Meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Samuel Zbogar
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 00:00


The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, today held talks with Mr. Samuel Zbogar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

At the cordial meeting, President Ivanov and Minister Zbogar concluded that the relations between the two countries are at the highest level. President Ivanov expressed his gratitude to Minister Zbogar for the constant support given by the Republic of Slovenia for Macedonia's integration into NATO and the European Union.

The meeting offered a possibility to review conclusions stemming from the recent official visit of President Ivanov to the Republic of Slovenia and to further discuss and precise the opportunities for cooperation, especially in the field of European integration, where we expect intensification of the support provided by the Republic of Slovenia.


The talks also focused on the current political situation in Macedonia. President Ivanov and Minister Zbogar concurred that prompt return of several opposition parties to the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia is necessary and that the normal political dialogue and functioning of all institutions are key criteria in the integration processes.

President Ivanov said that the Republic of Macedonia has met the criteria to start EU membership talks, adding that it was crucial for country's European perspective past achievements not to be diminished. President Ivanov assessed that Macedonia's reform engagement requires the negotiations with the EU to be held without obstacles created by bilateral issues, reiterating his position that the EU talks should be led in parallel with the talks aimed at overcoming the dispute imposed by Greece over our constitutional name.

Newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Zlatko Kramaric, presents the Letters of Credence
Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00


The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, today received the Letters of Credence of the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Dr. Zlatko Kramaric.

Ambassador Kramaric, in his address, expressed strong conviction for further deepening of the long-lasting friendship between the two countries, verified in many international documents, reaffirming that the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Croatia share the same civilization values.
- Both countries are aware that the world peace, democracy and freedom do not have any alternative. Exercising these universal values in South-East Europe as our common region is of utmost importance, Ambassador Kramaric said.
The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia conveyed his assurance that the Republic of Croatia shall further provide continuous and strong support to the Republic of Macedonia in its efforts for just settlement of the name dispute.
- In this context is our unequivocal support for Macedonia’s accession into NATO as soon as possible, since membership into this military-political alliance is a strong guarantee for the future of your country as a European country, Ambassador Kramaric said.

The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, in his address, stressed that the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Croatia, the peoples of these two countries, are bound by strong historical, cultural and traditionally friendly relations,
- We are mutually connected by the identical commitments for stability and prosperity of our region, its and our Euro-Atlantic present and future. Because of this, the Republic of Macedonia has been paying special attention to the nurturing and development of relations and cooperation with the Republic of Croatia, the Macedonian President said.
President Ivanov expressed his gratitude for the support of the Republic of Croatia for the efforts and activities it makes for the Republic of Macedonia for its joining the North Atlantic alliance and the EU as soon as possible.
- I am convinced that developing good-neighborly and friendly relations, as well as comprehensive cooperation between our two countries, our strong commitment to the regional initiatives, contributes to the strengthening of trust and understanding, to strengthening the stability and security in the region. This will certainly contribute to its accelerated integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures, President Ivanov said.

Newly appointed Head of European Union Delegation, Peter Sorensen presents the Letters of Credence
Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00


The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, today received the Letters of Credence of the newly appointed Head of European Union Delegation to the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Mr. Peter Sorensen

During the meeting, President Ivanov used the opportunity to wish cordial welcome to Ambassador Sorensen. The President assessed that his rich professional experience in the region, including Macedonia, shall represent a solid basis for successful work in the Republic of Macedonia. According to President Ivanov, Macedonia has achieved exceptional successes during Ambassador Fouere’s tenure, including the positive assessment of the European Commission for opening negotiations for full-fledged membership into the European Union and the visa liberalization.


President Ivanov stressed that for the Republic of Macedonia it is of essential importance to meet the European Commission recommendations of as soon as possible, as well as the clear position of the European Parliament with respect to opening negotiations with the European Union. The President underlined that the experience of the other membership candidate countries has proven that leading the negotiations undisturbed is important for maintaining the pace of the reform agenda.

Ambassador Sorensen conveyed his overall understanding for the necessity the Republic of Macedonia to continue its integration path. In that context he stressed that he sees his mission in the Republic of Macedonia as a support to such efforts and expressed his conviction that he would make his utmost efforts for further approximation of the European values and criteria to the Macedonian society. Both interlocutors expressed full readiness for further close and intensive cooperation to this end.

Meeting with the United Kingdom Chief of General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 00:00
Farewell meeting with the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Macedonia and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Erwan Fouere
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 00:00


The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, today had a farewell meeting with the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Macedonia and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Erwan Fouere.

President Ivanov extended his gratitude to Ambassador Fouere for his efforts in advancing Republic of Macedonia’s EU integration process and for his active and personal contribution in promoting and bringing closer the European values to the citizens.

President Ivanov underlined that in the past 5 years, several events of exceptional importance for the European aspirations of the Republic of Macedonia have taken place: the European Commission’s two positive reports and two recommendations for opening of the EU accession negotiations, the liberalization of the visa regime. Regretfully, despite meeting all necessary criteria, the goal has not been achieved yet, President Ivanov said that for the Republic of Macedonia, key priority is the date for launching accession negotiations and that the Republic of Macedonia, aware of the obligations, is fully committed to implement all necessary reforms and is focused on finding mutually acceptable solution that would eliminate the obstacle to the country’s integrations. In that regard, President Ivanov referred to the Croatian – Slovenian dispute, as a successful model of running the integration processes and settling a bilateral issue in parallel.


Ambassador Fouere, extending his gratitude for the high level of open cooperation with the President of the Republic of Macedonia and his Cabinet, stressed that he appreciates the role of President Ivanov, at both internal and external level, in promoting the Republic of Macedonia at the international scene. Ambassador Fouere expressed his hope that Macedonia will soon start the accession negotiations that would lead to meeting the strategic goal – full fledged membership in the European Union and added that he would remain Macedonia’s proven friend and supporter.  

During the meeting, the interlocutors exchanged opinions on the latest political developments in the Republic of Macedonia.

 
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