President Stevo Pendarovski, during his working visit to the Kingdom of Sweden, met today in Stockholm with representatives of the Swedish International Cooperation and Development Agency – SIDA, representatives of the Nobel Foundation, as well as with leading political organizations and institutes and think tanks.
At the meeting with Marie Ottosson, Deputy Director General of the Swedish International Cooperation and Development Agency – SIDA, President Pendarovski was briefed on the priorities of the new seven-year reform strategy of the Kingdom of Sweden for the Western Balkans. The aim of the program is to bring these countries closer to the European Union and to complement EU activities focused on fundamental reforms. In this regard, President Pendarovski thanked the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden for the assistance that our country will receive for the promotion of several areas including human rights, democracy, rule of law and gender equality, sustainable environmental and climate development and inclusive economic development.
The representatives of the Nobel Foundation discussed with President Pendarovski the activities of this year’s Nobel Prize awarding. Vidar Helgesen, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, informed President Pendarovski about the educational programs for students and teachers whose goal is to serve as inspiration for future generations to gain knowledge and understand and improve the world.
At the meeting with the representatives of leading political organizations, institutes and think tanks, President Pendarovski expressed gratitude for the continuous development cooperation and support from the Kingdom of Sweden to strengthen the capacities of the institutions of North Macedonia, especially in the field of democracy and the rule of law.
President Pendarovski also stressed the role of the Swedish political foundations, institutes and think tanks in the institutional development and internal democratization of political parties and political education.