Minister Osmani presents M-CARD for our eminent persons abroad
Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani today at a press conference presented the M-CARD project, intended for persons who originate from the Republic of North Macedonia as a symbolic acknowledgement for their selfless engagement aimed at promoting the country abroad.
The M-CARD is an acknowledgement and a recognition for eminent persons or individuals from the country who have shown exceptional success with their work and professionalism, and thus truly promoted North Macedonia abroad, Osmani emphasised. “As their motherland, we want to express our gratitude to them, I would say, in a symbolic manner – to pay them back, to compensate their role as promotors of the country, representing us as a country of successful and quality people”, he added.
“During a longer past period, a large number of people have not only left the country, but they have achieved particular exceptional professional and social success where they are. They are successful doctors, scientists, businessmen, culture workers etc. that we want to attract to the country, strengthen their ties and create a potential for their closer involvement in our social flows”, Osmani emphasised.
The idea is for such individuals to be included in a wider network that would be involved deeper in the social flows in the country. The whole process regarding the M-CARD will be coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The card will provide certain benefits such as free entrance at cultural events, museums and galleries, it would offer an advantage when applying for projects in the framework of programs for cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with individuals and associations abroad, facilitate regulating the stay in the country and support in the case of new businesses opening etc. The list of benefits is being expanded in cooperation with other Government departments.
The detection of such persons is planned to be started by the diplomatic missions and consular posts of North Macedonia abroad, and the awarding will be realized in a strictly determined procedure conducted within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
International panel “Road to Prespa Forum Dialogue” announces big international conference in Ohrid
The “Road to Prespa Forum Dialogue” international panel was held today at the Parliamentarians’ Club in Skopje as an introductory event for the upcoming “Prespa Forum Dialogue” that will be held on 1-2 July this year in Ohrid and Oteshevo. The panel was hosted by Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani who took the opportunity to set out the aim and to present the concept and the fundamental idea behind the Prespa Forum Dialogue.
“In the core of the Prespa Forum Dialogue is the essence of the three Agreements for which North Macedonia is recognized as a unique example in the broader region. Those are the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the Treaty on Friendship with Bulgaria and the Agreement for Strategic Partnership with Greece, known as the Prespa Agreement. They contain strong political principles and values of universal importance: above all brave political steps to build long-term and stable compromises; mutual respect, political and diplomatic patience, and most of all the positive approach in building friendships between neighbours in the broadest sense of the word”, Osmani emphasised.
The participants voiced support and underlined the importance of the initiative for establishing the Forum. With their fruitful discussions they provided new ideas and proposals that will be presented in a joint regional political document with recommendation regarding the political, economic and social influence of the regional and bilateral agreement in the Western Balkans at the upcoming Prespa Forum Dialogue Conference.
In addition to the host – Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani – other participants in the event included Florian Bieber, SEE History and Politics Professor at the University of Graz; Ioannis Armakolas of ELIAMEP; Vesela Cherneva, Deputy Director of the ECFR and head of the European Council for Foreign Policy’s Sofia office; Edward Joseph, Professor at John Hopkins University in the US; Gerald Knaus of the European Stability Initiative in Berlin; Damir Marusic of the Atlantic Council, Ivan Krastev of the Cenre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Valeska Esch of the Aspen Institute Germany, Erwan Fouéré of the Centre for European Policy Studies. Furthermore, numerous representatives of state institutions, foreign embassies in the country and representatives of the non-governmental sector in the country were also in attendance.
Prespa Forum Dialogue is an important project organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the auspices of the President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia. It is an international conference with an impressive list of invited guests, many of which have already confirmed their attendance, including prime ministers, ministers from the region and EU member states, high representatives of the EU and the US, as well as representatives other international organizations.
The celebration of 20 years of the Basic Political Treaty between Romania and the Republic of North Macedonia
We celebrate today the signing, 20 years ago, in Bucharest, of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Romania and the Republic of North Macedonia, which established the framework for political, economic and cultural ties. Our countries are strong partners and the bilateral cooperation within the Treaty continues to develop. The 20 years that have passed since its signing have witnessed many historical developments for both our countries. They also marked the deepening of our bilateral relationship, as demonstrated by numerous contacts at all levels, covering a wide range of issues, from the economic and scientific fields to the cultural and educational ones. Since the start of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our two countries have worked together in order to mitigate its effects on their citizens.
We take this opportunity to reiterate, once again, the importance of the Enlargement process of the European Union. In this regard, Romania and the Republic of North Macedonia use every avenue of collaboration, including the Memorandum of cooperation on European integration, signed in 2019. We firmly believe that the European project will only be successful following the accession of the Western Balkan countries and that Europe’s stability and security largely depend on it.
We are also interested in building a strong and productive relationship within NATO, founded on our common strategic and security interests.
Romania and the Republic of North Macedonia are as well closely working together within the regional cooperation frameworks, which play a deciding role in the stability and sustainable development of our region.
We are confident that our future relationship will become even stronger and closer and that we will further enhance and expand our areas of cooperation. We also believe that enhancing the economic ties and the trade between our countries will soon have as a consequence reaching their true potential.
The Republic of North Macedonia and Romania also strongly value and promote their kin minorities as well as ethnic communities and their ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity. By the robust and lasting bridges that these communities form between our countries, they will continue to bring their most important contribution to our enduring friendship.