Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Call With Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan spoke today with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and congratulated him on implementation of the historic Prespa Agreement. The Deputy Secretary commended the Prime Minister for his strong leadership in …

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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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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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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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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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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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The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute 2017 (Deadline: Jan 29, 2017)

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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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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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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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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