An advanced workshop supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme is being held from today until 14 April in the Holiday Inn Hotel, where discussions are made on defence against terrorism and the strengthening of democratic institutions and the rule of law.
Deputy Defence Minister Bekim Maksuti addressed the audience on today’s opening of this advanced workshop and spoke about security schemes against new threats. He noted that today’s security challenges are not only a threat to a particular state or individuals, but to a common system of values, and that making schemes is an excellent model for establishing a response system. Maksuti added that although the Republic of Macedonia is not a NATO member, it closely follows NATO’s trends and recommendations in the context of dealing with cyber terrorism and for that purpose it is currently working on the preparation of a Cyber Security Strategy by the MoD, MOI and MISA, which should give the priority needs for capacity enhancement. In that context Maksuti stressed that from September of this year the Military Academy will launch a new study program, Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, and will contribute with this to the development of state capacities.
The workshop was opened by the head of the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje, Navy Captain Gorazd Bartol, who touched on last week’s marking of the 69th anniversary of the establishment of the North Atlantic Alliance, which, he said, is committed to protecting freedom, common heritage and the civilization of its peoples, based on the principles of democracy, personal freedom and the rule of law. He added before the audience that he is glad that our country currently has a unique opportunity to finally become the 30th member of the NATO – Alliance and that NATO will continue to support it on the path of reforms.