Minister Radmila Shekerinska meets the delegation from the European External Action Service for countering Hybrid Threats: The Prespa Agreement reduces the risks for our country and the region

Today, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska met with the delegation of the European External Action Service led by the Director for Crisis Management and Planning, Gabor Inklody. The meeting is organized less than two months since the submitted initiative from Macedonia to be included in the European project for assessment of hybrid threats, where we received a positive response.

In the talks with the representatives of the EU, Shekerinska informed them that the Ministry of Defence is assuming the leading role as the coordinator of the entire process for which have already established a body and appointed a national coordinator and deputies who are experts in the field. According to the Minister, 27 institutions will participate in the process.

“The government has finalized the Prespa Agreement, which will enable the full-fledged membership of Macedonia to NATO, fulfilling the obligations of both sides, thus strengthening the stability and security of our country and the region, and reducing this type of risks. In several weeks, Macedonia will be entitled to attend and present its views at all meetings of the Alliance”, said Minister Shekerinska.

Minister Shekerinska added that the Macedonian government is promoting a new policy of creating friends instead of enemies and that in order to bring the spirit of cooperation and reconciliation in the region, the Macedonian government is focusing on building bridges and friendships with the neighbours. She also mentioned the Agreement with the Republic of Bulgaria, in addition to the Agreement with the Republic of Greece, as another bridge of friendship and cooperation, and underlined that Macedonia is a rare example of a country in the region that has no open issues with its neighbours.

The European delegation emphasized that the countries of the Western Balkans are not only partners but also future EU members and that strong ties with our country are high on the agenda of Brussels.

Shekerinska informed the EU officials that the Ministry of Defence expressed its commitment to this process by sending a letter to Federica Mogherini and expressed satisfaction with the prompt response and EU support. In the framework of the visit of the EU delegation, a round table was held where guests from the EU and our National Coordinative Body discussed the future steps and the time frame for their implementation.