Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia

Location:  Macedonia Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, ...
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Remarks for Macedonia Bar Association Conference in Support of International Human Rights Day

Monday, December 10, 2018 Ambassador Jess L. Baily Madam Minister of Justice, Mr. President of the Macedonia Bar Association, distinguished judges, and members of the bar, thank you for inviting me to join you. Today we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted in response to the horrors perpetrated during ...
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DEMONSTRATION ALERT – U.S. EMBASSY SKOPJE, MACEDONIA

Location: The announced gathering point includes, but is not limited to, the Parliament House in Skopje, Macedonia. Event: The demonstration is expected to take place on December 1, 2018 beginning at 12:00 p.m. The group Makedonija blokira intends to protest against the Prespa Agreement. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid areas in which demonstrations ...
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The 2019-2020 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is open now!

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  It is a fully-funded scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at an assigned U.S. college or university. Participants are emerging leaders committed to their home communities.  During the Program, Global UGRAD participants ...
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The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019

Public Affairs Section U.S. Embassy, Skopje, Macedonia Summary: The U.S. Embassy in Skopje and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2019 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and ...
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Ambassador Baily Q&A with Media after OSCE/ODIHR Press Conference

Ambassador Baily Q&A with Media after OSCE/ODIHR Press Conference October 1, 2018 Q: [unintelligible about the referendum]  Ambassador Baily:  As you know, the United States put out a statement last night where we welcomed the result of the consultative referendum in which a strong number of citizens came out in support of Macedonia’s path forward ...
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Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professional Fellows Program (PFP)

An exchange program for Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and the U.S. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship,  Professional Fellows Program  (PFP) brings emerging leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia to Chicago for short-term fellowships with leading tech-related companies in a variety of fields, government agencies and ...
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Macedonia’s Referendum on the Prespa Agreement

Press Statement Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 30, 2018 The United States welcomes the results of the Republic of Macedonia’s September 30 referendum, in which citizens expressed their support for NATO and European Union (EU) membership by accepting the Prespa Agreement between Macedonia and Greece. The United States strongly supports the Agreement’s full implementation, ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia

Locations: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following locations in Skopje, Macedonia: Parliament House on September 27 at 19:00. Parliament House on September 30 at 19:00. Skopje Main Square on September 30 at 19:00. Event: Various groups intend to demonstrate against the upcoming nationwide referendum on the Prespa name agreement between ...
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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

September 25, 2018 Secretary Pompeo released the State Department’s report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Download the report»   Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy»
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of the Republic of Macedonia

The White House September 20, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence met today with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of the Republic of Macedonia to congratulate him on the historic Prespa Agreement with Greece to resolve the long-standing name issue between the two countries and to thank him for his leadership in securing the agreement. The Vice President ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2017

Sept. 19: Country Reports on Terrorism 2017 provides a more detailed review of last year’s successes and challenges so we can consider how to strengthen our counter-terrorism efforts going forward. As we look to the rest of 2018 and beyond, the U.S. remains committed to working with our allies and partners to confront the shared threat of global terrorism. … Section related to Macedonia ...
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The 2019 Community Solutions Program

The application deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2018 The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working on issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. Community Solutions is a year-long program that includes a four-month fellowship at ...
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A/S Mitchell Press Walk-Out, September 13, 2018

A/S Mitchell: I would like to thank PM Zaev for his hospitality.  It’s a joy to be back in Macedonia.   I have had very productive conversations today with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Dimitrov, VMRO President Mickoski, other Members of Parliament, the Speaker of your Parliament, heard from Macedonians from the business community and civil ...
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Message of Congratulation from President Trump to President Ivanov on Macedonia’s Independence Day

  Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the American people, I congratulate you and the citizens of Macedonia on the occasion of your Independence Day on September 8. Macedonia has much to be proud of this year.  The historic Prespa Agreement resolves the long-standing name issue with Greece and paves the way for Macedonia’s membership ...
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ACTING DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE VISITS MACEDONIA

July 31, 2018 Matthew Palmer, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, will visit the Republic of Macedonia August 1-3 to express U.S. support for the country’s conclusion of the Prespa Agreement with Greece and the country’s progress toward NATO and EU membership. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer will meet with ...
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Remarks for Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Jess L. Baily July 3, 2018 Dobro vecer, mirembrema, good evening. Prime Minister Zaev, deputy prime ministers, ministers, members of parliament, mayors, colleagues in the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure and an honor for Capie and me to welcome all of to the Embassy tonight to celebrate Independence Day with ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia

Location: Skopje, Macedonia, in front of the Parliament building on 11 Oktomvri Street. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on June 21 and June 22, 2018, beginning at 8pm. Supporters of the group “Komiti,” political organizations, and other groups will demonstrate against the country’s announced name agreement with Greece.  U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid ...
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Agreement on Macedonia Name Issue

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 12, 2018 The United States congratulates Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev and welcomes the historic agreement to resolve the name dispute. This resolution will benefit both countries and bolster regional security and prosperity. Prime Ministers Zaev and Tsipras demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in ...
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Remarks by Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Second International Conference Women In Energy 2018

Speech by Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, Deputy Chief of Mission Second International Conference Women In Energy 2018 Monday, June 4, 12:30 Minister Carovska, Minister Apostolska, Professor Spasevska, Stefan, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting me to speak at the opening of this Women in Energy conference.  It is my sincere pleasure to be with you once ...
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2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Secretary Pompeo (May 29): “The release of the 2017 International Religious Freedom Report is critical to our mission to defend religious liberty…It documents, across 200 countries and territories, reports of violations and abuses committed by governments, terrorist groups, and individuals so that we may work together to solve them. .. More » | [ Section related to Macedonia /( PDF ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens – Pristina-Skopje Road Advisory (May 8, 2018)

U.S. Embassy Skopje informs U.S. citizens that according to Kosovo media reports, the main road from Skopje to Pristina, between Kacanik and Hani i Elezit, will be closed on May 8, 2018 due to potential landslides and major cracks in the asphalt.  Starting today and until further notice, travelers using this route may experience periodic ...
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Fulbright Program Competition for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year is Now Open

The Application for the Fulbright Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral) in the United States (NON-DEGREE) DEADLINE: November 1, 2018  This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Macedonia. The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, widely known as the Fulbright Program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Education Fair with U.S. Universities, April 18, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Macedonia, in cooperation with EducationUSA Macedonia, will host the Southeast European tour of EducationUSA on April 19, 2018, from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Skopje Marriott Hotel. Ten representatives of U.S. universities will be available to answer questions about higher education in the United States and their institutions.  This event is free ...
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The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2019-2020 Academic Year is Now Open

EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE U.S. GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS The  Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships Program The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2019-2020 Academic Year is Now Open The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional work.  Fellows are selected based on potential ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at USAID’s Leadership Conference “Macedonia’s Journey from Development to Self-Reliance”

Thank you very much for coming out today and for letting an old guy end this conference and share a few thoughts that I think fit in with the overall theme. As several of my colleagues have mentioned today, USAID is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Macedonia . Over the last several months on social media, you’ve been able to see information and ...
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Central EuropeanTech Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program

A Program for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and the United States Do you want to travel to the United States and gain experience in technology and entrepreneurship? The  U.S. Department of State , along with  WorldChicago , has introduced dozens of international Tech and Entrepreneurship leaders to the city’s thriving ecosystem through the Professional Fellows Program. 16 new fellows from ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at the Conference of the Parliamentary Committees on European Integration

Monday, February 26, 2018 at 12:00 (as delivered) Thank you very much Mr. President.  It is a great pleasure to be here.  Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of the European Parliament, fellow diplomats, ladies and gentlemen, members of the civil society and, of course, the media. I guess perhaps I am the only non-European today, ...
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The Fulbright Student Competition for the 2019-2020 Academic Year Is Now Open

Application for the Fulbright Student Program in the United States (Visiting Student Researchers and Master’s Degree) Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing. Application Deadline:  MAY 31, 2018 This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Macedonia. Eligibility Requirements Completed university degree (undergraduate), or enrollment in ...
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“Corruption – an Imminent Threat to Human Rights”

Speech of Ambassador Jess Baily at Law Faculty, University of Cyril and Methodius Skopje, December 11, 2017 Prime Minister Zaev, Mr. Ahmeti, Dr. Taravari, Mr. Silegov, my colleague Louisa Vinton, Professor Kalajdziev, and all the members of the Helsinki Committee staff, thank you very much for organizing this event and being here today.  It’s a great honor ...
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Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Educational Advising

The American Corners in Skopje and Bitola are comprehensive  EducationUSA  advising centers with a very talented adviser serving both international students and the U.S. higher education community. … more . Contact the educational advisers in both Corners for free individual and group advising sessions and outreach presentations in your city: American Corner Skopje  National and University Library, Blv. ...
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Ambassador Baily Anti-Corruption Speech at UKLO Faculty of Security

December 4, 2017 Mr. Dean, thank you so much for that welcome and thank you all for being here- faculty members and most of all students. I’d like to begin by congratulating this faculty for its 40th anniversary in preparing students and advancing knowledge about security issues, and helping develop the professional capabilities of the ...
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EUROPEAN TRAVEL ALERT

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration on November 10, 2017

U.S. Embassy Skopje informs U.S. citizens that on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., “Coalition with the Macedonian People” will march in Skopje to demand the Macedonian President revoke the mandate entrusted to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Demonstrators will gather in front of the European Union Mission on St. Cyril and Methodius Boulevard and ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at the Countering Violent Extremism tabletop exercise

Prime Minister Zaev, Ambassador Suomalainen, Coordinator Petrevski, distinguished guests, international experts, and participants – It’s an honor to speak with you today.  I would like to start off by thanking all those who have worked so hard to make this great event possible:  Richard Prosen from the Partnership for Peace Consortium and his colleagues; Borche ...
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U.S. Government Accountability Office Review of U.S. Democracy Assistance to Macedonia

Analysts from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) are in Macedonia to conduct fieldwork related to GAO’s review of U.S. democracy assistance to Macedonia. GAO is conducting this work at the request of Representative Chris Smith, Chairman, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and six of ...
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“Capture Corruption” Regional Competition

An annual student regional anti-corruption competition (sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Justice and the U.S. Embassies in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia) will be conducted to encourage the Balkan student population to develop public awareness campaigns that advocate for intolerance and rejection of corruption.  The students will ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Skopje on Sunday, November 5 at 1:00pm

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia advises U.S. citizens that the Association for Culture of Albanians in Macedonia announced they will gather Sunday, November 5, to demonstrate against the sentences handed down against those indicted in the Kumanovo incident in 2015. The protest will start at Skenderbeg square at 1:00 p.m, will continue to the ...
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Security Message for U.S. citizens: Upcoming Verdict in High-Profile Trial

United States Embassy Skopje, Macedonia Security Message for U.S. citizens: Upcoming Verdict in High-Profile Trial  According to the Government of Macedonia, a verdict will be announced the morning of Thursday, November 2, for the 37 individuals accused of domestic terrorism related to the May 2015 armed incident in Kumanovo, Macedonia. Given the high profile nature ...
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The 2018-19 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  It is a fully-funded scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at an assigned U.S. college or university. Participants are emerging leaders committed to their home communities.  During the Program, Global UGRAD participants ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on October 2017 Municipal Elections

October 31, 2017 The U.S. Embassy commends the citizens of Macedonia who exercised their right to vote in the October 2017 municipal elections. We welcome OSCE/ODIHR’s preliminary conclusions that the elections were competitive and that respect for fundamental freedoms contributed towards a democratic process.  These findings are consistent with what the U.S. Embassy teams observed ...
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Call for Applications: Study of the United States Institutes, FY-18

The Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Macedonia. Application deadline: December 15, 2017.  Application Form  [pdf 85kb] INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION: Study of the U.S. Institutes are intensive post-graduate level academic programs ...
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The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute 2018 (Deadline: December 31, 2017)

The U.S. Department of State is offering scholarships for students from Macedonia to attend the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute. The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short-term exchange program whose purpose is to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and an awareness of shared ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the October 15 Local Elections

The upcoming October 15 local elections are important for Macedonia’s future as a prosperous, stable democracy fully integrated in Euro-Atlantic institutions.  We encourage all citizens to exercise their right to vote and to express their views on issues within their communities and to reaffirm their commitment to democratic values and the rule of law. We ...
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2019 Diversity Visa Program

October 2, 2017 Diversity Visa-2019 opens for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, November 7, 2017.   Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official website www.dvlottery.state.gov , which has complete instructions. There is no fee to enter the program. ...
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Worldwide Caution September 14, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated March ...
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Macedonia National Day, Remarks by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: September 7, 2017

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 7, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am pleased to extend our best wishes to the people of Macedonia as you mark 26 years of independence. The United States is proud to be Macedonia’s friend and strategic ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at the MFA and Marshall Center NATO Conference

Ambassador Remarks:  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Marshall Center Conference “Republic of Macedonia Towards Fully-fledged NATO Membership” August 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., Ministry of Foreign Affairs  As prepared   Good morning, Ambassador Memedi, Minister Dimitrov, Ambassador Gerberich, and distinguished guests.  It is a pleasure for me to join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

Aug. 15: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. The Report describes the status of religious freedom in 199 countries worldwide. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The ...
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Sharing American art in embassies

The idea of Art in Embassies, is to feature works of art “that in some way, particular to that artist, are emblematic of what America is like.” – Robert Storr, Chairman of FAPE’s Professional Fine Arts Committee and Dean of the Yale School of Art. Art in Embassies, started nearly 60 years ago, remains a ...
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Bulgaria and Macedonia Sign Treaty of Friendship

Press Statement: Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC | August 1, 2017 The United States congratulates Bulgaria and Macedonia on the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Good-neighborliness and Cooperation. This important, forward-looking agreement recognizes the already strong ties between the two countries and opens the door to even closer cooperation going forward in areas as diverse as ...
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Ambassador Baily Statement at Dragoon Guardian 2017 Observation Day

Krivolak Training Area July 31, 2017 We’ve just been out here seeing our military partnership in action.  We’ve seen American soldiers and Macedonian soldiers working together on two specific tasks for engineers.  In any of our military operations, engineering is a critical component.  This is proving that our soldiers together are up to the task.  ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at Dragoon Guardian 17 Welcome Ceremony

Ambassador Remarks:  Dragoon Guardian 17 Welcome Ceremony July 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., Kumanovo  Thank you, Mayor Damjanovski   It is great to be here today in Kumanovo with you, Minister of Defense Shekerinska, and General Mileski to welcome Lt. Colonel Himes and the Engineer Squadron from U.S. Army Europe’s 2nd Calvary Regiment and launch  the ...
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U.S Embassy Statement, July 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassies in Bulgaria and Macedonia welcome the approval of the draft Bulgaria-Macedonia friendship agreement.  The agreement acknowledges the close ties between the countries and celebrates a will by both sides to enhance cooperation in the interest of their citizens.  Such engagement sets an encouraging example for resolving issues between neighbors and enhances political ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

The annual Country Report on Terrorism for 2016 has been released. The report highlights the threat that international terrorism poses to world stability and security.  The “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016” is available in  PDF format – as a complete one-piece file and in  HTML formats . Macedonia has been a partner with U.S. in counterterrorism efforts, demonstrating its strong commitment to the Global Coalition to ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release July 10, 2017 The Vice President called Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev today. On behalf of President Trump, the Vice President congratulated Zaev on his May 31 assumption of the role of Prime Minister. The Vice President underscored continued U.S. support for Macedonia’s ...
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Send-off ceremony for the Macedonian Army participants to Saber Guardian 2017 exercise

Remarks by Ambassador Jess Baily July 6, 2017 Ilinden Barracks, Skopje Thank you, Minister Shekerinska, Deputy Chief of Defense Racaj.  I am pleased to be here today to honor the long-term defense partnership between the United States and the Republic of Macedonia. Today we send off 54 soldiers from the Army of the Republic of ...
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Remarks for Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Jess L. Baily June 29, 2017 Dobro vecer, mirembrema, good evening. Prime Minister Zaev, Speaker Xhaferi, ministers, members of parliament, fellow members of the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure and an honor for me and Capie to welcome everyone to the U.S. Embassy tonight to celebrate the 241st anniversary of ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why ...
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Ambassador Baily’s remarks at the opening of the USAID’s Migrant and Refugee Human Rights Protection Project

Thank you, Boris.  Esteemed guests. I am pleased to be here with you today to recognize World Refugee Day and to open the USAID-funded Migrant and Refugee Human Rights Protection Project’s Humanitarian Art Bazaar. I would like to thank the Macedonian Young Lawyers Association and Open Gate – La Strada for organizing this event.  And ...
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The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is Now Open

EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE   U.S. GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS The  Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships Program The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional work.  Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service.  By providing future leaders and ...
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Statement of Congratulations to New Government in Macedonia

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 31, 2017 The United States congratulates Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the parliamentary majority on the formation of a new government in Macedonia. As a friend and partner of Macedonia, the United States looks forward to working with the new government as it strives to fulfill ...
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United States Welcomes Mandate for New Government in Macedonia

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 18, 2017 The United States welcomes the decision of Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov to give the mandate to form a government to Mr. Zoran Zaev. This decision represents an important step forward for Macedonian democracy and the people of Macedonia. We look forward to working with ...
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2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit: Registration is Open!

Save the date for the 2017 SelectUSA Summit, from June 18-20, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Registration is OPEN! Further information is available on the SelectUSA Summit website . We’re thrilled to announce that registration is open for the fourth SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, DC area on June 18-20, 2017! If you represent a business and you are ...
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Delegation of U.S. House of Representatives Visits Macedonia, May 11, 2017

A delegation of Representatives from the United States Congress visited Macedonia May 11 as part of a regional visit to discuss a variety of issues, including the Balkan region’s democratic political climate and economic growth.  The bi-partisan delegation, led by Representative Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, met with Speaker of Parliament Talat Xhaferi, ...
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Europe Travel Alert May 1, 2017

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ...
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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State visits Macedonia, April 29, 2017

Hoyt Brian Yee, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, will visit the Republic of Macedonia April 30 and May 1, 2017.  Deputy Assistant Secretary Yee will meet with President Gjorge Ivanov, Speaker of Parliament Talat Xhaferi, political party leaders Nikola Gruevski, Zoran Zaev, Ali Ahmeti, Bilal Kasami, Vesel Memedi, and ...
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Joint statement on yesterday’s incidents at the Parliament

Joint statement of the Heads of EU Delegation, US Embassy, OSCE Mission and NATO Liaison Office in Skopje on yesterday’s incidents at the Parliament Skopje, 28 April 2017 Today, we met to discuss yesterday’s very serious incidents at the Parliament and review the security situation. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the organised attack on the ...
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Violence in Macedonian Parliament

The United States strongly condemns the violent attacks on members of the Macedonian parliament which followed the election of Talat Xhaferi as Speaker of Parliament. We will work with the new Speaker to support democracy and to help Macedonia move forward on its European path. The United States strongly condemns the violent attacks on members ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Police Activity at the Parliament Building

April 27, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Skopje informs U.S. citizens that there is significant police activity around the Parliament building in Skopje.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for information and updates.  Maintain a high ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Caution During Religious Holiday

United States Embassy Skopje Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Caution During Religious Holidays April 13, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Skopje urges U.S. citizens to exercise particular caution during upcoming religious holidays and at large festivals or events. Terrorists in the region have previously sought to attack soft targets, to include churches and other ...
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Invitation for Applications for Media Co-op Program

Opening date:  April 10, 2017 Application Deadline:  May 10, 2017 Program Description:  The U.S. Embassy in Skopje is pleased to invite applications from broadcast and online media outlets interested in participating in the Bureau of Public Affairs’ Foreign Press Center (PA/FPC) Media Co-op program. Media Co-Ops are up-to-two-week, highly intensive U.S. work and travel programs ...
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Remarks at the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia’s Press Conference for NATO Day

April 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Thank you very much for inviting me today! Minister Jolevski, Mr. Ramadani, Ambassador Barišic, Ambassador Carranza, Captain Bartol, members of the Euro-Atlantic Council, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here again at the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia to celebrate NATO Day.  This year’s event seems particularly timely.  ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Southeast European Tour of EducationUSA

April 3, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Macedonia, in cooperation with EducationUSA Macedonia, will host the Southeast European tour of EducationUSA on April 4, 2017, from 17:00 to 20:00 at NOVA International Schools – Skopje. Ten representatives of U.S. universities will be available to answer questions about higher education in the United States and their institutions. ...
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Earth Day Photo Challenge 2017

Do you celebrate Earth Day at school? Does your community have an action plan to take better care of our planet? We want you to show us why Earth Day is important to you. It may be a place in nature that needs cleaning, a park you enjoy on weekends, or any way you interpret ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Skopje and throughout Macedonia on March 21, 2017

United States Embassy Skopje Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Skopje and throughout Macedonia on March 21, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Skopje informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in Skopje today at around 5:00 p.m.  Due to EU Commissioner Hahn’s visit to Skopje, the Ministry of Interior expects ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Daily Demonstrations Continuing from March 13, 2017

United States Embassy Skopje Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Daily Demonstrations Continuing from March 13, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Skopje informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place today in front of the Government building on Ilindenska Blvd. at 5:00 p.m.  The group “United for Macedonia” will gather to show their support ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Skopje on March 11 and 12, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in City Park at 1:00 pm.  The group “For a Common Macedonia” will gather to show their support for the “unitary character of the country.” The U.S. Embassy anticipates there will be approximately 2,000 people present. It is likely that similar ...
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2016 Human Rights Report

Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in making the world more stable ...
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Statement of Ambassador Baily, March 2, 2017

The United States was disappointed to learn yesterday that President Ivanov declined to offer to representatives having a clear Parliamentary majority the opportunity to form a new government. We believe that this was inconsistent with basic democratic principles and the rule of law, which are core values of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. As a ...
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Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC February 28, 2017 Together with our NATO allies and EU partners, the United States has been closely following the process of government formation in Macedonia triggered by the December 11, 2016 parliamentary elections. The United States calls on Macedonia’s leaders to form a new government without further ...
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Ambassador Jess Baily’s interview with Sitel TV

February 18, 2017 Sitel:  Ambassador Baily, senior U.S. Officials, including the Vice President, the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of Defense, are visiting Europe for the first time this week after the inauguration of the new U.S. administration to discuss with European leaders in Brussels and Munich about NATO, the European Union, the challenges ...
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The Fulbright Student Competition for the 2018-2019 Academic Year Is Now Open

Application for the Fulbright Student Program in the United States (Visiting Student Researchers and Master’s Degree) Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing. Application Deadline:  MAY 31, 2017 This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Macedonia. Eligibility Requirements Completed university degree (undergraduate), or enrollment in ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Government Building on Ilinden Boulevard

The U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia warns all U.S. citizens to avoid the vicinity of the Government Building on Ilinden Boulevard. The Macedonian Ministry of Interior warned the Embassy of the potential for a security incident in that area. For further information regarding international travel: See the Department of State’s travel website  for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, ...
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Ambassador Baily’s Remarks at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony

January 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Minister Poposki, Mrs. Romano-Nikolik, Ambassador Multanowski, Ambassador Oryan (TBC), Mrs. Gutman, Mr. Dzingo, ladies and gentlemen. It is an honor to be with all of you this morning. Thank you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for organizing this ceremony, and to Mrs. Gutman for traveling from Israel to be ...
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EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE | Skopje, Macedonia – Embassy of the United States The U.S. Department of State is offering scholarships for students from Macedonia to attend the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute. The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short-term exchange program whose purpose is to foster relationships among young Europeans ...
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U.S. Embassy Press Statement, December 12, 2016

Ambassador Jess Baily Press Availability: December 12, 2016 The U.S. Embassy commends the citizens of Macedonia who exercised their right to vote in the December 11 parliamentary elections. We welcome OSCE/ODIHR’s preliminary conclusions that the elections were competitive and that fundamental freedoms were generally respected.  The turnout was high, and the elections proceeded in a ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Parliamentary Elections, December 07, 2016

December 7, 2016 Macedonia will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday, December 11. While recent elections in Macedonia have been peaceful, election-related disturbances are possible. The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to be aware of election-related events on December 11and to avoid large crowds, protests, and rallies when possible. U.S. citizens should heed the advice of ...
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Call for Applications: Study of the United States Institutes, FY-17

EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE Call for Applications: Study of the United States institutes, FY-2017 The Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Macedonia. Application deadline: December 31, 2016.  INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION: Study ...
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Embassy Supports Red Cross of Macedonia

This fall, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) delivered winter clothing, rain coats, winter shoes, food and hygiene parcels, and more than 10,000 liters of bottled water for the Red Cross of Macedonia to distribute at the migrant transit centers in Gevgelija and Tabanovce. In total, the ODC donated $30,000 in humanitarian assistance ...
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The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This international educational and cultural exchange program brings future leaders to the United States to experience the U.S. educational system, enhance their knowledge, and explore U.S. culture and values. It also affords students ...
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The 2016-2017 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2016-2017 Academic Year is Now Open The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished young and mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of combined academic (NON-DEGREE) and professional work.  Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service.  By providing future leaders ...
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Embassy Supports Interethnic Integration in Education

The Mayor of Kisela Voda Municipality, Biljana BelicanecAleksic (L); Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation(ODC), U.S. Embassy, Major Jeff Van Sickle; and the Director of Kuzman Sapkarev Primary School, Vesna Nastoska (R) cut the ceremonial ribbon during a dedication ceremony on 11 March. The school opening marked the first of eight school openings scheduled ...
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GRANT OPPORTUNITIES Public Affairs Section U.S. Embassy, Skopje, Macedonia  Summary: The U.S. Embassy in Skopje and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural ...
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Embassy hosts U.S. Elections breakfast

On the morning of November 9, the U.S. Embassy in Skopje hosted an Election Breakfast at Aleksandar Palace Hotel on the occasion of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Over 300 guests joined Ambassador Baily and U.S. Embassy staff to watch as the results came in throughout the morning. Ambassador Baily spoke about this year’s election, ...
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Opening Remarks by POL/ECON Chief David Stephenson at the International Judicial Conference

Respected colleagues, Good Morning.  On behalf of America, I would like to welcome you this morning, and I am honored to join you. I applaud Judge Nanev, Judge Saiti, and the Supreme Court for initiating this conference on judicial independence, accountability, and ethics.  The organizers came to us and urged us to support this event, ...
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The 2017 Community Solutions Program

The application deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016  The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues and women’s issues. Community Solutions provides four-month-long fellowships at U.S. community-based non-profit or other organizations, government ...
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Ambassadors remarks at the ribbon-cutting for the renovation of primary school in Cair, supported USAID’s Interethnic Integration in Education Project

Ambassador Jess Baily’s remarks at the ribbon-cutting for the renovation of Rajko Zinzifov primary school in Cair, supported USAID’s Interethnic Integration in Education Project (IIEP) and EUCOM October 6, 2016 “Mr. Mayor, Director Agushi, teachers, parents, and students – Mirdita, Dobar Den, Good morning. I would like to begin my remarks with a big thank ...
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2018 Diversity Visa Program

The U.S. Embassy in Macedonia is pleased to announce that the Diversity Visa-2018 program opens for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Monday, November 7, 2016.   Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official website www.dvlottery.state.gov , which has complete ...
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Fulbright Program Competition for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year is Now Open

EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE The Application for the Fulbright Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral) in the United States (NON-DEGREE) DEADLINE: November 1, 2016 This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Macedonia. The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, widely known as the Fulbright Program, is designed to increase mutual understanding ...
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Fulbright Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral) in the United States (NON-DEGREE) DEADLINE: November 1, 2016

Fulbright Program Competition for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year is Now Open The Application for the Fulbright Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral) in the United States (NON-DEGREE) DEADLINE: November 1, 2016 This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Macedonia. The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, widely ...
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Countering Corruption and State Capture in Southeast Europe

Deputy Assistant Secretary Alexander Arvizu Skopje, Macedonia September 29, 2016 Thank you for the opportunity to represent my colleagues from the United States Government this morning, including the United States Agency for International Development which has been instrumental in organizing this conference. While the United States Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess Baily, is unable to join ...
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Press Statement: Macedonia Operation on Suspected ISIL Facilitators

The United States Embassy commends the Ministry of Interior on the recent operation against suspected terrorists and terrorist facilitators. We understand this operation was the result of long and careful investigative work by the police, intelligence services, and the Prosecutor’s Office under Macedonia’s anti-terrorism laws. We support the Government’s use of criminal justice processes to ...
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Remarks for Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Jess L. Baily Good evening, dobro vecer, mirëmbrëma. Capie and I, along with the entire Embassy staff, warmly welcome you to the U.S. Embassy, and thank you for joining us here tonight to celebrate America’s Independence Day. President Ivanov, Speaker Veljanovski, Prime Minister Dimitriev, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Distinguished Judges, fellow Ambassadors, ladies and ...
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The Fulbright Student Competition for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is Now Open

  Application for the Fulbright Student Program in the United States (Visiting Student Researchers and Master’s Degree) Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing. Application Deadline:  MAY 31, 2016  This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Macedonia. Eligibility Requirements Completed university degree (undergraduate), or enrollment ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2015

This report provides the Department of State’s annual, statutorily mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired in 2015. …  more. ——————————————————— MACEDONIA (Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 ) Overview: Macedonia recognizes the threat of global terrorism and is a solid U.S. counter-terrorism ally. In 2015, Macedonia’s major counter-terrorism efforts included a counter-terrorism ...
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DAS Hoyt Brian Yee Press Availability

Thank you everyone. It is always wonderful to visit beautiful Skopje, to be back in Macedonia. This is my third visit in the last 13 months, and as you recall, the main topic of the discussions I have had here with the leaders of political parties, of the government, of other international community representatives, the ...
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U.S Embassy Press Statement

The Constitutional Court’s ruling clears the way for Parliament to reconvene and to cancel the June 5 elections. This in turn presents a renewed opportunity for the Parliament and the  political leaders to demonstrate through actions a firm commitment to the Przino Agreement and its principles — rule of law, accountability, inclusiveness, and credible elections. ...
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Ambassador Baily’s Remarks for the Conference on MENA Conflicts: the Rising Transnational Threat to the Security of the Western Balkan Countries

MFA (as prepared for delivery) Good morning, and thank you, Minister Poposki, Ambassador Althauzer, Ambassador Memedi, ladies and gentlemen.   It’s a pleasure to be here this morning. I would like first to thank the Institute for Geostrategic Research and Foreign Policy at the MFA, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and the ...
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On Developments in Macedonia: Statement to the PC

(April 14, 2016), As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna The United States is deeply concerned by Macedonian President Ivanov’s announced decision to pardon those subject to investigation in connection with the wiretapping scandal. Such a decision, if implemented, would further undermine the rule of law in Macedonia, the integrity ...
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A Joint Statement by EU Ambassador Aivo Orav and U.S. Ambassador Jess Baily, April 8, 2016

The political leaders of this country have a responsibility to their citizens to put their country back on the Euro-Atlantic path, by implementing their political agreements and urgent reform priorities. The EU and the U.S. have supported all parties and stakeholders in their work to create the conditions for credible elections. This includes cleaning the ...
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NATO before the Warsaw Summit: Challenges and Perspectives for SEE

Ambassador Baily’s Remarks for the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia’s Press Conference for the NATO Day April 4, 2016 Good morning, and thank you.  Minister Jolevski, Ambassadors Solendil and Multanowski, Captain Radev, Mr. Ramadani, members of the Euro-Atlantic Council, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here at the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia’s conference on future ...
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USAID Anti-Corruption Project Conference

Ambassador Jess Baily’s Remarks Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM Holiday Inn, Skopje Thank you Mr. Krzalovski.  Minister Jashari;  Mr. Zvrlevski, and Ms. Janeva and Ms. Kovesi; ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I’m pleased to participate in this important conference organized by the Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation as part of USAID’s Anti-corruption project, ...
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Ambassador Baily Statement to the Media

Thank you very much for waiting patiently here.  I am here in join today by my colleague from the European Union Mission, the Charge D’affaires, and by three Members of the European Parliament, Mr. Vajgl, Mr. Howitt and Mr. Kukan.  I want to thank them for all their efforts over these many, many months that ...
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Statement of the United States Embassy in coordination with the Delegation of the European Union

We just had a constructive meeting with Prime Minister Dimitriev, in which we reiterated our support for credible elections, and our commitment to offering continued technical and other assistance to help create conditions that will make such elections possible. The Przino Agreement set April 24 as a date.  It also committed the signatories to structural ...
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The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2016

Public Affairs Section U.S. Embassy, Skopje, Macedonia Announcement The U.S. Embassy in Skopje and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2016 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and ...
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The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute 2015

The U.S. Department of State is offering Scholarships for high school students from Macedonia to attend the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute. Two four-week Institutes, offered in summer 2015, will accommodate up to 90 Fellows total. Each Institute, one at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and the other at Purdue University in ...
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Joint Statement by the Ambassadors of the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the European Union

Late Friday night, we met with Prime Minister Gruevski and expressed our disappointment at the failure to meet the October 20 deadline agreed to in the July 15 Przino Agreement for the exchange of ministers. We urge VMRO-DPMNE to demonstrate the required commitment and to implement the agreement in a constructive and urgent manner and with good faith.  ...
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Dedication Ceremony of U.S. Funded Project: New Building for the Public school for rehabilitation of children and youth with visual impairments

On Thursday, October 15, U.S. Ambassador Jess Baily will join the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, the Minister of Education and Science, Abdilakjim Ademi, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Spiro Ristovski, the Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Dime Spasov and the Mayor of Kisela Voda Municipality, Biljana Belichanec – Aleksic, at a ceremony ...
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Joint Statement by United States Embassy and European Union Delegation

The United States Embassy and the European Union Delegation to Skopje commend the progress that has been made so far implementing the law on the Public Prosecutor to investigate intercepted communications, a key part of the political agreement.  The swift appointment of Katica Janeva as Public  Prosecutor to investigate intercepted communications; her timely proposal of ...
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U.S. Congratulates Parties on Agreement

We congratulate the parties on the agreement reached today on establishing a Public Prosecutor for investigation of crimes related and arising from the content of illegally intercepted communication and on nominating Katica Janeva to fill the position. This appointment represents a significant step toward establishing accountability.  The United States, with our European partners, remains committed to ...
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2015 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor: Macedonia

In 2015, Macedonia made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government amended its laws to classify the forced begging of children as a human trafficking offense and codify that children cannot provide legally valid consent to engage in prostitution. The Ministry of the Interior collaborated with UNHCR ...
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Ambassador Jess Baily’s interview with MRT

Aired on August 20, 2015, at 19:30  MRT:  Ambassador, first of all, thank you for this interview for the national television station.  Ambassador Baily:  My pleasure.  MRT:  The working groups held their first joint meeting in late July and raised the issue of election legislation. Now, in mid-August, meetings for the implementation of the agreement ...
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Ambassador Jess Baily’s interview with MRT

Aired on August 20, 2015, at 19:30  MRT:  Ambassador, first of all, thank you for this interview for the national television station.  Ambassador Baily:  My pleasure.  MRT:  The working groups held their first joint meeting in late July and raised the issue of election legislation. Now, in mid-August, meetings for the implementation of the agreement ...
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Press Statement: Macedonia Operation on Suspected ISIL Facilitators

The United States Embassy commends the Ministry of Interior on this morning’s operation against suspected terrorists and terrorist facilitators.  We understand this operation was the result of long and careful investigative work by the police, intelligence services, and the Prosecutor’s Office under Macedonia’s new anti-terrorism laws.  We support the Government’s use of criminal justice processes ...
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Release of U.S. State Department 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

With the release of the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report, the United States commends Macedonia for again achieving ‘Tier One’ status.  The Government of Macedonia’s efforts to combat this terrible crime in the past year included prosecutions and convictions of police officers for complicity in trafficking crimes, an initiative to identify child ...
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Remarks at the Donation Ceremony for ICITAP Forensics Project on Renovation of the Evidence Storage Premises

Ambassador Jess Baily July 15, 2015 Thank you Minister Chavkov. I am pleased to be here today to honor the partnership the United States enjoys with Macedonia, in particular by our shared commitment to enhancing rule of law and law enforcement capacity in Macedonia. In October 2013, the Ministry of Interior and the U.S. Embassy’s ...
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President Obama on Iran

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON IRAN State Floor 7:02 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates ...
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Remarks for Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Jess L. Baily July 2, 2015  Dobrovecer, mirëmbrëma, good evening.  Mr. President and Mrs. Ivanova, Speaker of Parliament and Mrs. Veljanovska, Mr. Prime Minister and Mrs. Gruevska, honored guests, welcome to the Embassy and our Independence Day celebration.   Thank you for coming to help us celebrate my country’s 239th birthday. It’s a special honor ...
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U.S. Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) Equipment Donation and Demonstration Ceremony

In a ceremony to be held at 13:00 on Tuesday, June 9, United States Deputy Chief of Mission Bart Putney will join Customs Administration Director General Natasha Radeska-Krstevska, Border Police Chief Marinko Kochovski, EXBS Regional Advisor George Clarke, and other officials in an equipment donation ceremony and equipment demonstration. The United States Embassy’s Export Control ...
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USAID Municipal Climate Change Strategies Project, 2nd Annual International Conference

Remarks by Ambassador Jess Baily  June 8, 2015 Ohrid Good Morning. Mr. Minister, Mr. Mayor, Mr. Slavkovski, distinguished participants: I’m delighted to see all of you here, coming together to address climate change, one of the most critical challenges facing our planet.  You gather in this beautiful town at an auspicious time, as later this ...
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Ambassador Power at U.N. Debate on Protection of Journalists

Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Conflict Situations, May 27, 2015 Thank you, Foreign Minister Linkevičius, for chairing this session and for Lithuania’s consistent effort to integrate the issue of press freedom – and threats to ...
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Urgent for Visa Applicants

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Applications for a U.S. visa made after ...
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Amb. Baer at OSCE on Developments in Macedonia

On Developments in Macedonia As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna We have followed with concern the developments in Macedonia in recent months, including both the political crisis that has emerged from the disclosure of wiretap recordings of alleged government wrongdoing and separately the incidents of violence between police and ...
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Joint Statement by the Ambassadors of the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the European Union

On this day of mourning and on behalf of the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the European Union, we expressed today our condolences to Prime Minister Gruevski and the people of Macedonia for the tragic deaths of the brave police officers who were killed yesterday in and around Kumanovo, and we ...
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Joint statement by the Security Principals Group – the Heads of Mission in Macedonia of the OSCE, EU, NATO Liaison Office, and United States

 We all deeply regret the loss of lives in the operation in Kumanovo, which fortunately appears to be over. Our thoughts go to the families of the police officers who were killed in the operation, and to the citizens who were caught up in the violence. Legitimate political representatives here and in the region have ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

We deeply regret the loss of life related to the actions in and around Kumanovo, and offer our sympathies to the families of the people killed and to those injured. We are following the situation and are in close contact with the authorities and political leaders. We urge citizens to remain calm and allow the ...
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The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2015

Public Affairs Section U.S. Embassy, Skopje, Macedonia Announcement The U.S. Embassy in Skopje and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2015 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The Fund was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and ...
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World Press Freedom Day Reception

Remarks of Ambassador Jess Baily Good evening, and thank you all for coming to this beautiful and historic gallery tonight to help us mark World Press Freedom Day, which falls officially on May 3. It’s good to be with representatives of Macedonia’s media.  As a press officer for much of my career, I feel I’m ...
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Dedication Ceremony of U.S. Funded Renovation Project at Gevgelija Health Center “Zdravstevn Dom”

On Thursday, April 30, U.S. Ambassador Jess Baily will join the Minister of Health, Nikola Todorov, and the Director of Gevgelija Health Center “Zdravstevn Dom,” Tomislav Petkov, at a ceremony to mark the completion of the project to renovate the Health Center in Gevgelija.  The U.S. European Command funded the project, valued at $323,000, to ...
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Kerry: State Department Lays Out Its Strategy

This commentary by Secretary of State John Kerry originally appeared in The Hill on April 28. There are no republication restrictions. State Department lays out its strategy By Secretary of State John Kerry On my first day as Secretary of State, I showed my new colleagues my first diplomatic passport. It was issued when I ...
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Embassy Supports School Renovation

On April 3, U.S. Senior Defense Official / Defense Attaché COL Tom Butler, the Chief of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia, the mayor of Prilep, and the director of Krume Volnaroski Primary School participated in a ceremony to celebrate the renovations to the school. The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) at the U.S. Embassy ...
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Opening of Sentencing Training for Judges

Remarks by Ambassador Jess L. Baily, March 20, 2015 Hotel Arka, Skopje Good morning, Добро утро, and miremengjes. Minister Jashari, Deputy Minister Brishkoska-Boshkovski, Judge Shopova, representative from the prosecution office, distinguished judges, thank you for inviting me to join you at today’s sentencing training event. I particularly appreciate being here, as this is my first ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Role of the Media in a Democratic Society

The U.S. Embassy notes with concern the February 3 statement made by the Public Prosecutor’s Office that “publishing of materials that may become the subject of further criminal proceedings is forbidden and punishable by law.” A free press is the cornerstone of a democratic society, and the media plays a critical role in presenting information ...
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Southeast European Leadership for Democracy and Integrity Event

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Barton J. Putney January 30, 2015 at 12:00pm Holiday Inn Hotel, Skopje Thank you Emina, and thanks to the Southeast European Leadership for Democracy and Integrity and the Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation for hosting this event.  I especially want to thank your staff for all of their hard work on ...
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State’s Nuland on Trans-Atlantic Unity

U.S. Department of State Remarks by Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Brookings Institution Washington, D.C. January 27, 2015 As Prepared Unity in Challenging Times: Building on Transatlantic Resolve Thanks, Fiona, for that introduction and thanks to Brookings for the warm welcome. My congratulations to all of you for being ranked ...
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