Joint U.S.-EU Statement on the Western Balkans

The text of the following statement was released by the Government of the United States of America and the European Union. Begin Text: Following the recent meeting between Secretary Blinken and High Representative Borrell, the United States and the EU agreed to further strengthen their joint engagement in the Western Balkans in support of the …

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Ambassador Byrnes attends The Economist Western Balkans Summit 2021

Ambassador Byrnes attended The Economist Western Balkans Summit 2021 for discussions on our common challenges and opportunities, to include the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the climate crisis, corruption, rule of law and U.S. engagement in North Macedonia, and throughout the Western Balkans. Read below Ambassador Byrnes’ remarks. —————- Western Balkans Summit 2021 South-East Europe: Enhancing Peace …

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Ambassador Kate Byrnes speaks at Ohrid School of Natural Law conference

On October 12, 2021, Ambassador Kate M. Byrnes delivered remarks at a virtual gathering of 30 graduate law students and academicians at the 2021 Ohrid School of Natural Law, titled “Fundamentals of the Legal Reform in the Republic of North Macedonia and Environmental Justice.”  Read the remarks below to learn more. Ambassador Byrnes’ opening remarks …

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J.M. Kaplan Fund funds Master Conservation Plan for archeological site Stobi

On September 30th, 2021, Ambassador Kate M. Byrnes attended the ceremony for promotion of the Master Conservation Plan for the archeological site Stobi, funded by the J.M. Kaplan Fund from the United States. The Master Conservation Plan for Stobi was created through a cooperation between National Institution (NI) Stobi and Balkan Heritage Foundation from Bulgaria, …

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Embassy Hosts 13th Annual Blood and Food Drive

For the 13th consecutive September, we partnered with the Red Cross of the City of Skopje and the Institute of Transfusion Medicine to collect blood and food supplies for those in need.  Our Food and Blood Drive started in 2002 to honor the victims, survivors, and first responders of the September 11 attacks through community service. This year …

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Statement by Secretary Blinken on North Macedonia National Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY BLINKEN North Macedonia National Day September 8, 2021 On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of North Macedonia as you celebrate 30 years of independence. We proudly welcomed North Macedonia as the 30th NATO Ally last year, a testament to your country’s firm dedication to regional and global peace and security.  Your participation in Alliance missions, including in Afghanistan, reflect your dedication and commitment …

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Interview of Ambassador Kate Byrnes with Al Jazeera Balkans

Interview of Ambassador Kate Byrnes with Al Jazeera Balkans  August 13, 2021 Al Jazeera Balkans: Ambassador Byrnes thank you very much [for] being with us.   Ambassador Byrnes: Thank you very much Milka. I’m glad to be here.   Al Jazeera Balkans: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, which ended the interethnic conflict in Macedonia. Is North Macedonia today …

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Ambassador Philip T. Reeker Remarks at High-Level Plenary Session “Resetting the EU-U.S. Synergy Towards the Western Balkans”

Ambassador Philip T. Reeker Remarks at High-Level Plenary Session “Resetting the EU-U.S. Synergy Towards the Western Balkans” Ohrid, North Macedonia July 2, 2021 Thank you, blagordoram and good morning. It’s a distinct honor for me to follow three distinguished presidents who I consider good friends, mentors, friends of the United States, as well as our …

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Ambassador Byrnes’ remarks on the occasion of the United States’ 245th Independence Day

AMBASSADOR KATE BYRNES’ INDEPENDENCE DAY REMARKS Good evening, Добровечер, Mirëmbrëma, Thank you for joining us tonight for this virtual celebration of the 245th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. For the second time we have decided to hold some of our celebrations on-line.  While the situation with COVID is far better today than …

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Remarks of Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker at the Opening Ceremony of Prespa Forum Dialogue

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker’s Participation in Prespa Forum for Dialogue Official Opening “Road to Prespa” Ohrid, North Macedonia Metropol Lake Resort Thursday, July 1, 2021 (as prepared)   It’s such a pleasure to be here, back in beautiful Ohrid, and among a group of such distinction.  What a setting, as this year we observe the 20th anniversary of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, and recognize the Agreement …

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2021 Trafficking in Persons Report

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken released the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report at the State Department in Washington D.C. today. The TIP Report objectively assesses governments’ efforts – including our own – but it is more than just tier rankings.  It is a means to effect positive change and encourage governments to increase and improve their …

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Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, provides an opportunity for Fulbright visiting scholars to connect with National Archives scientists and experts while conducting research at the National Archives’ state-of-the-art Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab in College Park, Maryland. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership …

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Ambassador Byrnes’ Remarks at Skopje Economic Forum

Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Kate M. Byrnes at the first Skopje Economic Forum (as prepared) June 23, 2021 – Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia Good morning – it is a pleasure to be here with you today. Before I make some brief remarks, I want to thank the organizers of today’s event, Delphi Economic Forum …

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Ambassador Byrnes briefed Prime Minister Zaev and FM Osmani on the E.O. issued by President Biden

June 11, 2021 Ambassador Byrnes briefed Prime Minister Zaev and Foreign Minister Osmani today on the Executive Order issued earlier this week by President Biden that modernizes the existing executive orders regarding the Western Balkans sanctions regime. In the meeting, they discussed the U.S. priority of ensuring the stability and security of the Western Balkans. A critical …

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Remarks by Ambassador Byrnes at the Konrad Adenaur Stiftung Event

May 18, 2021 “Regional Security School:  External actors and their impact on the regional security and the integration process of the Western Balkans Region” Ambassador Byrnes: Thank you for the warm welcome.  I want to thank the Konrad Adenaur Stiftung Foundation as well as the Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies for inviting me to …

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Embassy Online Auction May 2021

The U. S. Embassy regularly holds online auctions via a Web-based electronic auction platform.   This notice is to alert all interested bidders to an upcoming auction. What is up for auction? Furniture and Electronics. The electronic auction is being updated daily and is open for public viewing and registration here .    Official bidding will be activated on Thursday, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Byrnes at the Event Marking of V-E Day at U.S. and North Macedonia Memorials in Vratnica

May 9, 2021 Thank you Prime Minister Zaev, for inviting me to participate together with you in this event today.  I also want to recognize all of the veterans present, and of course the people of Vratnica.   This site is a special one, a place where people from both of our countries can gather to celebrate courage and bravery in the face of danger and conflict.  It was …

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The Fulbright Scholar Competition for the 2022-2023 Academic Year Is Now Open

The Application for the Fulbright Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral) in the United States (NON-DEGREE) DEADLINE: November 1, 2021  This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of North Macedonia. The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, widely known as the Fulbright Program, is designed to increase mutual …

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Partnering for a Successful COP26

Partnering for a Successful COP26 Earth Day Joint Statement by Kate Marie Byrnes, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of North Macedonia Rachel Galloway, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Republic of North Macedonia Andrea Silvestri, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to the Republic of North Macedonia Our countries are …

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Remarks by Ambassador Byrnes at the meeting regarding the upcoming Leaders Summit on Climate

April 21, 2011   Deputy Prime Minister Bytyqi, Minister Nuredini, Minister Bekteshi, Ambassador Galloway, and Ambassador Silvestri, we are at a critical juncture. In 2020, the earth’s surface temperature was one of the warmest on record, and in the last few years, global temperatures have been consistently among the hottest ever seen. This increase in …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer’s Interview with VOA Macedonian

In an interview with VOA Macedonian, which coincided with North Macedonia’s first anniversary of NATO membership, DAS Matthew Palmer spoke about current issues the country is facing on its Euro integration path, including relations with neighboring Bulgaria, as well as internal political issues. Below is a transcript of the interview. Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer interview …

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Competition for the 2022-2023 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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2020 Human Rights Reports

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states …

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Ambassador Byrnes’ Interview with Kanal 5 Television

Ambassador Byrnes sat down for an interview with Kanal 5 TV to talk about a wide range of issues including current developments, Kosovo, challenges imposed by the COVID pandemic, rule of law, and the importance of North Macedonia not giving up on its EU integration prospects. ——————————————————————— Interview of Ambassador Kate Byrnes with Kanal 5 TV February …

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Embassy Online Auctions

The U. S. Embassy regularly holds online auctions via a Web-based electronic auction platform.   This notice is to alert all interested bidders to an upcoming auction. What is up for auction? Car, Furniture, Air Conditioning Units, Electronics  The electronic auction is being updated daily and is open for public viewing and registration via  https://online-auction.state.gov/en-US/Auction/Index/bf46a642-aa5b-41a8-afab-d54fd82efb08 .    Official bidding will …

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Ambassador Kate M. Byrnes’ Interview with Telegrafi

AMBASSADOR BYRNES’ INTERVIEW WITH TELEGRAFI February 2, 2021 Telegrafi: Will the change of government in the United States affect US foreign policy and positions towards North Macedonia? Ambassador Byrnes: First, I want to thank you for the opportunity to engage with you today.  There are a lot of important issues to discuss and I appreciate …

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Antony Blinken confirmed as 71st secretary of state

On January 26, the U.S. Senate confirmed Antony Blinken as secretary of state. Blinken will lead the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public service follows in the steps of his father and uncle, who served as U.S. ambassadors. Blinken told a January 19 Senate hearing on …

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Ambassador Kate M. Byrnes’ Interview with VOA Macedonian

In an interview for VOA – Глас на Америка, Ambassador Byrnes talks about relations between the United States and North Macedonia, and current issues related to the North Macedonia’s EU path, combat against COVID-19, the census, and more. Click HERE to watch the interview.

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Joe Biden Sworn in as 46th U.S. President

Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, January 20. Minutes before, Kamala D. Harris took the oath of office to become the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected vice president. “We’ll be a strong and trusted …

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Ambassador Byrnes Hosts Inauguration Event

  Ambassador Byrnes hosted President Stevo Pendarovski, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani to jointly watch the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America. The presidential inauguration is one of the most important American traditions, highlighting values of democracy and the peaceful transfer of power. Below …

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The Fulbright Student Competition for the 2022-2023 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, 2021  This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia.   Eligibility Requirements  Completed university degree (undergraduate), or …

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Global UGRAD Application is Now Open!

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program application is now open! Global UGRAD brings future leaders to the United States to experience U.S. higher education, gain critical professional skills, and explore new cultures and values. Learn more here , and for updates, stay tuned on our social media pages and follow @Global UGRAD Program .

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Apply Now for YTILI Fellowship Program!

The 2021-2022 YTILI Fellowship Program website is live and the application process is now open! Designed to bolster the trajectories of emerging European entrepreneurs, this fellowship of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative includes a #MiniMBA and an immersive five-week U.S. exchange opportunity to develop key partnerships with transatlantic leaders. Enhance your business skills, build …

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Interview of U.S. DAS Matthew Palmer with VOA in Macedonian

Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer Interview with Voice of America Macedonian December 3, 2020 VOA:  Bulgaria is sabotaging North Macedonia’s EU accession talks.  What can the US do, besides urging all sides to solve the dispute outside of the accession process, to possibly change the outcome of the ministerial meeting next week? DAS Palmer:  Thanks …

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Third Macedonian Energy Forum #MEF2020 Held in Skopje

U.S. Ambassador Kate Byrnes attended the third Macedonian Energy Forum (MEF), November 23, 2020.  This year’s MEF was held virtually, and included Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon, Ambassador of Norway to North Macedonia Jørn Eugene Gjelstad, EU Ambassador David Geer, other government officials, representatives of state-owned enterprises, private business leaders, professionals working …

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U.S. Funds Renovation of Hematology Clinic in Skopje

On November 14, Ambassador Kate Byrnes joined Minister of Health, Dr. Venko Filipche, and the Director of the University Clinic for Hematology, Dr. Irina Panovska-Stavridis to mark the beginning of the $794,000 U.S. Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid (OHDACA) funded renovation of the Hematology Clinic in Skopje. Speaking at the event, Ambassador Byrnes …

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Community Engagement and Exchange Program Deadline Extended to December 31

We are delighted to announce ECA’s new Community Engagement and Exchange (CEE) Program !  CEE is a bold new civil society program sponsored by ECA and supported in its implementation by IREX that connects a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues.  CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector …

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Deadline for Fulbright Program Competition 2021 – 2022 Academic Year Extended to November 20

The Application for the Fulbright Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral) in the United States (NON-DEGREE) DEADLINE: November 20, 2020  This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of North Macedonia. The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, widely known as the Fulbright Program, is designed to increase mutual …

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EXBS Program Donates Equipment to Border Police and Customs Agencies

In a ceremony conducted at the Blace border crossing point on October 15th, the Export Control and Border Security Program (EXBS) transferred Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and laptops to the Border Police and Customs agencies. The Personal Protection Equipment will enhance border security officer safety measures,  and the laptops will be utilized to support mobile …

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Embassy Donates Equipment in Support of MoI’s Effort in Tackling Terrorism and Combating Organized Crime

On October 8, 2020, Ambassador Kate Byrnes joined Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski and other officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MoI) in a donation ceremony in support of MoI’s effort in tackling terrorism and combatting all forms of organized crime in North Macedonia and the broader region.   The donation includes computer equipment …

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Assistant Secretary Fannon’s Press Availability with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

During his visit to Skopje, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S Department of State Francis R. Fannon had a press conference with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Here you can read Assistant Secretary’s remarks at the press availability.

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Celebration of AmCham’s 20th Anniversary

On October 6, 2020, the American Chamber of Commerce in North Macedonia organized its 20th Annual General Assembly in Skopje. The U.S. Ambassador to North Macedonia, Kate Marie Byrnes, joined AmCham’s Board of directors, more than 70 representatives from member companies, as well as honored partners and supporters in attendingthe Assembly to mark the Chamber’s …

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U.S. Diversity Visa 2022 Program is Now Open for Entries

The entry period for the U.S. Diversity Visa-2022 program will begin at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, on October 7, 2020, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, on November 10, 2020.  Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official website  dvprogram.state.gov , which has complete instructions. There is no fee to enter …

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The United States Provides Donation Worth $160,000 to Support North Macedonia’s Efforts to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Department of Justice ICITAP provided a donation worth over $160,000, to the Ministry of Interior, Protection and Rescue Directorate, and the Red Cross of the Republic of North Macedonia to support North Macedonia’s efforts to combat the …

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State Department Releases 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo released the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report, which every year assesses the anti-trafficking efforts of 188 countries and territories, including the United States.  This year, it is notable that traffickers are exploiting an increasing number of victims via livestream on the internet. Since the onset of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, there …

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2019 Report on International Religious Freedom

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. 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 U.S. Department of State submits the reports …

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The United States Commits Additional $330,000 to North Macedonia to Respond to COVID-19

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is committing an additional $330,000 to the COVID-19 response effort in North Macedonia through a direct grant to the Red Cross of North Macedonia. USAID’s $330,000 grant to the Red Cross builds upon the U.S. Government’s $1.1 million commitment to North Macedonia to mitigate …

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An Open Letter from U.S. Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes to the People of North Macedonia

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF NORTH MACEDONIA FROM U.S. AMBASSADOR KATE MARIE BYRNES    Here in Europe, in the United States and around the world we are all grappling with fundamental challenges to life as we have known it.  The toll COVID-19 is taking, in terms of human lives and in our daily lives—school, work, …

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U.S. Provides Assistance to North Macedonia to Respond to COVID-19

April 6, 2020. SKOPJE – The U.S. Government has committed $1.1 million to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in North Macedonia. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States is providing these funds to the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF to implement activities to …

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Remarks of Ambassador Byrnes at “The Harmful Influence of Disinformation“

President Pendarovski, journalists, representatives of civil society and the media, distinguished guests and colleagues, thank you for inviting me to participate in the opening of this conference today.  This event could not be more timely, given the nexus of events—North Macedonia’s imminent NATO membership, the upcoming elections, concerns about the coronavirus—which we know are all …

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The Fulbright Student Competition for the 2021-2022 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, 2020 This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia. Eligibility Requirements Completed university degree …

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Remarks of Chargé D’ Affaires Jennifer R. Littlejohn on Anti-Corruption

Policy Forum on “Delivering on the Promise of EU Enlargement: 30 Years of Governance and Anticorruption Reforms in Central and Eastern Europe” December 13, 2019 President Pendarovski, members of the government and the judiciary, representatives of civil society and the media, distinguished guests and colleagues, Good morning and thank you so much for inviting me …

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Ambassador Byrnes’ Op-Ed on the Occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9, 2019

The United States has been a strong supporter of North Macedonia’s aspirations to be a prosperous, secure, and inclusive democracy, fully embedded in NATO, the EU, and other transatlantic institutions. A very important part of that is the strong security partnership our two nations enjoy.  Just last week in London, we witnessed, for the very …

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Call for Applications: Study of the United States Institutes, FY-2020

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 North Macedonia. Application deadline: December 31, 2019.  Application Form INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION: Study of the U.S. Institutes are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with …

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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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Spring 2020 Professional Fellowship Program is now open!

Travel to the US and gain experience in technology and entrepreneurship! The US Dept. of State, along with WorldChicago, has introduced dozens of international Tech and Entrepreneurship leaders to our city’s thriving ecosystem through the Professional Fellows Program. Continuing in Spring 2020, 18 new fellows from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Montenegro will spend …

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The 2020 Community Solutions Program

The application deadline is October 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 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 …

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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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Remarks of Deputy Chief of Mission JR Littlejohn at the closing of ICITAP Regional Case Organization and Presentation Training

Remarks of Deputy Chief of Mission Jennifer R. Littlejohn At the closing of the Regional Case Organization and Presentation Training September 13, 2019 – Skopje, North Macedonia     Thank you so much for the warm welcome. Director Tasevski, partners, colleagues, and investigators and prosecutors from throughout the region, it is truly a pleasure to …

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25 Years of Partnership between the United States and the Republic of North Macedonia

This year we mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Republic of North Macedonia. Check out the compilation of some photos that illustrate our cooperation, partnership and activities through the years. 25 Years of Partnership between the United States and the Republic of North Macedonia This year we mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Republic of North Macedonia. …

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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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2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo (June 20, 2019):  “We must band together and build momentum to defeat human trafficking. We must hold the perpetrators of this heinous crime accountable. We must achieve justice for survivors as they rebuild their lives. We must reinvigorate our shared commitment to extinguish human trafficking wherever it exists. There is …

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Statement on North Macedonia’s opening of accession talks with the EU this year

Charge d’Affaires Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm statement for MRT on North Macedonia’s opening of accession talks with the EU this year June 19, 209 MRT: Have you noticed that we did not get a date for opening EU accession negotiations.  Can you comment on that? Charge d’Affaires:  Sure.  As you know, we are not a voting member …

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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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U.S. Embassy statement on North Macedonia’s presidential elections

The U.S. Embassy commends the citizens of North Macedonia who exercised their right to vote in the 2019 presidential elections.  We congratulate Stevo Pendarovski on his election and look forward to working with him, the government, and all political parties to advance North Macedonia’s future in NATO and the EU. We welcome OSCE/ODIHR’s preliminary conclusions …

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Chargé d’affaires Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm’s Remarks at the Judiciary Day Conference

Remarks at Closing of MJA Conference “Towards a European Judiciary:  Preconditions and Challenges” March 29, 2019 Minister Deskoska, Judge Saiti, Ambassador Koja, Ambassador Plomp, distinguished judges and guests, thank you for inviting me to speak today. I am honored to celebrate Judiciary Day with all of you.  In any democracy, the judiciary plays a vital …

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Ambassador Reeker, Civilian Deputy to the EUCOM Commander, remarks at the Balkans 360 Conference

Ambassador Philip Reeker’s Keynote Remarks at the “Balkans 360: Economic Development and Regional Relations in Southeast Europe” Conference Skopje, North Macedonia March 4, 2019 Thank you all for inviting me here today.  Thank you Deputy Prime Minister.  It’s not only great to share – [inaudible] – with you, but also to hear your wise words, and I …

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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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Central EuropeanTech Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program

A Program for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and the United States “Travel to the US 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. The overall goal of the program is for the …

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The Fulbright Student Competition for the 2020-2021 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, 2019 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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The 2019 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship is a flagship young European leaders program of the U.S. Department of State that is supported in its im-plementation by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). The 2019 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period opens on November 15, 2018 and closes on January 4, 2019 at 5:00EST.  During …

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Remarks at Saints Cyril and Methodius University

Remarks John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Skopje, Macedonia December 18, 2018 DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Dr. Jankulovski, for that kind introduction and I apologize for my premature entrance onto the stage. Good afternoon everyone. I am delighted to be here in Skopje today, and I am especially honored to be at the …

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Press Availability With Prime Minister Zaev

Press Availability John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Skopje, Macedonia December 18, 2018 DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you for that kind introduction, Prime Minister. It is a great honor to be here with you today. I have had already a fruitful visit to Macedonia. I have had the honor of meeting several government officials. As …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Government Formation Progress in Macedonia

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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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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Embassy Supports Red Cross of North 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 North 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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