WIN 2019 Promotes Greater Role for Women in Industry

Ambassador Byrnes’ Opening Remarks at Women in Industry Conference October 9, 2019 Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Professor Spasevska, Stefan, panelists, participants, media, ladies and gentlemen!  Thank you for inviting me to speak at this Women in Industry conference.  Congratulations to EVN and the Engineering Institute of Macedonia for again organizing and expanding this event to …

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Embassy donation of audio-recording equipment for Skopje Basic Criminal Court

Today, Ambassador Byrnes visited Skopje Basic Criminal Court to mark the start of the use of the U.S. Embassy’s donated audio equipment for recording trials in all 25 courtrooms. “This is an important and concrete step as part of the broader overall effort to strengthen rule of law here. This kind of recording equipment does …

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Ambassador Byrnes’ remarks at The Economist’s “Western Balkans Summit” in Skopje

On October 1, 2019, U.S. Ambassador Kate M. Byrnes joined The Economist’s “Western Balkans Summit,” where she highlighted that the Secretary Pompeo’s visit to the region, and the recent appointment of Matthew Palmer as a special representative for the region signal that the United States remains keenly focused on the region, as a lynchpin of …

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Celebrating the Work of 360 Degrees and its Partnership with the United States in the Past Three Years  

President Pendarovski, Prime Minister Zaev, Honorable Ministers, Members of Parliament, members of the judiciary and political party leaders, Representatives of the media, Friends from the diplomatic corps, Esteemed colleagues, It is an honor and a pleasure to join you here tonight.  Not often does such an auspicious group of people gather in one place, but …

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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

In August, we mark the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.  This year, Ambassador Kate Byrnes joined the campaign of the USAID Project “Closer Than You Think,” which aims at raising the public awareness about the impact of slavery. Forced begging is one form of enslaving children. Learn how …

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230th Anniversary of the U.S. State Department marked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Kate Byrnes at the celebration of the 230th anniversary of the U.S. State Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia August 21, 2019 Esteemed colleagues and friends, So great to see you all here today. Good afternoon and thank you for joining us today to …

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Chargé d’Affaires Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm Remarks at the July 4th Celebration

Remarks at the July 4 Celebration. July, 3 2019.   Good evening.  Добровечер. Mirëmbrëma. Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, friends, colleagues.  It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to our American Fair celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of the Independence of the United States of America. In the United States, …

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Chargé d’Affaires Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm Remarks at the Opening of Decisive Strike Exercise

Remarks at Opening of “Decisive Strike” Exercise at Krivolak June 5, 2019   Thank you Deputy Minister Maksuti, Major General Arsovski, Deputy Minister Umbrasas, Ambassadors, soldiers, it is a pleasure to be here to launch the Decisive Strike exercise! I want to thank and applaud North Macedonia and the Army of the Republic of North …

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Remarks by Chargé d ’Affaires Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm at the “Next Steps Towards NATO” Seminar

Remarks by Chargé d ’Affaires Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm at the “Next Steps Towards NATO” Seminar in the Parliament May 29, 2019 Speaker Xhaferi, Ambassador Gerberich, Deputy Director Bareihs, Members of the Parliament, Marshall Center and NATO Professors, ladies and gentlemen: It really is my pleasure to be here today to launch this seminar and to kick-off the discussions …

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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