Minister Osmani presents M-CARD for our eminent persons abroad
Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani today at a press conference presented the M-CARD project, intended for persons who originate from the Republic of North Macedonia as a symbolic acknowledgement for their selfless engagement aimed at promoting the country abroad.
The M-CARD is an acknowledgement and a recognition for eminent persons or individuals from the country who have shown exceptional success with their work and professionalism, and thus truly promoted North Macedonia abroad, Osmani emphasised. “As their motherland, we want to express our gratitude to them, I would say, in a symbolic manner – to pay them back, to compensate their role as promotors of the country, representing us as a country of successful and quality people”, he added.
“During a longer past period, a large number of people have not only left the country, but they have achieved particular exceptional professional and social success where they are. They are successful doctors, scientists, businessmen, culture workers etc. that we want to attract to the country, strengthen their ties and create a potential for their closer involvement in our social flows”, Osmani emphasised.
The idea is for such individuals to be included in a wider network that would be involved deeper in the social flows in the country. The whole process regarding the M-CARD will be coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The card will provide certain benefits such as free entrance at cultural events, museums and galleries, it would offer an advantage when applying for projects in the framework of programs for cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with individuals and associations abroad, facilitate regulating the stay in the country and support in the case of new businesses opening etc. The list of benefits is being expanded in cooperation with other Government departments.
The detection of such persons is planned to be started by the diplomatic missions and consular posts of North Macedonia abroad, and the awarding will be realized in a strictly determined procedure conducted within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
International panel “Road to Prespa Forum Dialogue” announces big international conference in Ohrid
The “Road to Prespa Forum Dialogue” international panel was held today at the Parliamentarians’ Club in Skopje as an introductory event for the upcoming “Prespa Forum Dialogue” that will be held on 1-2 July this year in Ohrid and Oteshevo. The panel was hosted by Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani who took the opportunity to set out the aim and to present the concept and the fundamental idea behind the Prespa Forum Dialogue.
“In the core of the Prespa Forum Dialogue is the essence of the three Agreements for which North Macedonia is recognized as a unique example in the broader region. Those are the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the Treaty on Friendship with Bulgaria and the Agreement for Strategic Partnership with Greece, known as the Prespa Agreement. They contain strong political principles and values of universal importance: above all brave political steps to build long-term and stable compromises; mutual respect, political and diplomatic patience, and most of all the positive approach in building friendships between neighbours in the broadest sense of the word”, Osmani emphasised.
The participants voiced support and underlined the importance of the initiative for establishing the Forum. With their fruitful discussions they provided new ideas and proposals that will be presented in a joint regional political document with recommendation regarding the political, economic and social influence of the regional and bilateral agreement in the Western Balkans at the upcoming Prespa Forum Dialogue Conference.
In addition to the host – Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani – other participants in the event included Florian Bieber, SEE History and Politics Professor at the University of Graz; Ioannis Armakolas of ELIAMEP; Vesela Cherneva, Deputy Director of the ECFR and head of the European Council for Foreign Policy’s Sofia office; Edward Joseph, Professor at John Hopkins University in the US; Gerald Knaus of the European Stability Initiative in Berlin; Damir Marusic of the Atlantic Council, Ivan Krastev of the Cenre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Valeska Esch of the Aspen Institute Germany, Erwan Fouéré of the Centre for European Policy Studies. Furthermore, numerous representatives of state institutions, foreign embassies in the country and representatives of the non-governmental sector in the country were also in attendance.
Prespa Forum Dialogue is an important project organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the auspices of the President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia. It is an international conference with an impressive list of invited guests, many of which have already confirmed their attendance, including prime ministers, ministers from the region and EU member states, high representatives of the EU and the US, as well as representatives other international organizations.
Osmani meets with Zef Mazi, Albania’s Chief Negotiator with the EU
Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani today met with Ambassador Zef Mazi, Albania’s Chief Negotiator with the EU, who is paying a visit to the Republic of North Macedonia today.
The meeting presented an excellent opportunity to exchange opinions on the EU accession processes of North Macedonia and Albania with the European Union, the prognoses on the adoption of the negotiating frameworks and the organization of the first intergovernmental conferences with the EU. The interlocutors exchanged opinions on the negotiating structure, as well as the role of the institutions, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the overall process, and the possibility for various forms of cooperation in the form of trainings for strengthening administrative capacities in tackling of the challenges of the role and tasks of the negotiating process.
“The new methodology envisions a stronger political leadership of the negotiating process itself, a greater role of member-states in oversight and the marking of the negotiating process, which gives further importance to the role of our diplomatic network in EU capitals, and responsibility for successful conducting of the negotiations. Key points of communication with the EU institutions are, of course, negotiating countries’ missions to Brussels, and they need to receive a serious diplomatic strengthening; but a special role is given to all other embassies in EU member states, which should create an efficient flow of information regarding the progress of the country, and most importantly, an early-warning system, in order to correctly inform the Government and the negotiating structure itself about the assessment and the direction that come from European capitals”, emphasised Osmani.
Minister Osmani took the opportunity to brief his interlocutor on the status of reform achievements, as well as the current situation with the neighbours. Furthermore, FM Osmani informed about the renewed and increased focus on delivering results in the field of the rule of law and fight against corruption.