Munich Security Conference closed: Minister Shekerinska had a number of bilateral meetings and participated in several panels

The 54th Munich Security Conference ended today in Munich, Federal Republic of Germany. In the framework of this conference, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska met with Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis and Montenegrin Defence Minister Predrag Boskovic, as well as NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, Euro-Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Conference Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger.

At the meetings, Minister Shekerinska confirmed the commitment of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia to the implementation of Plan 3-6-9 and the reforms in key areas such as the rule of law, media freedom and the independence of institutions. The Minister reaffirmed the strategic commitment for Macedonia’s membership in NATO and the European Union, as well as the country’s policy of good neighbourly relations and friendship.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller pointed out that the Alliance supports the Government’s reform policies and thanked for the participation of members of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia in the Alliance’s peace mission in Afghanistan. European Commissioner Hahn welcomed the Government’s reform efforts and expressed readiness for the EU to continue supporting the Republic of Macedonia in implementing the planned reforms.

The Republic of Macedonia received full support from the Defence Ministers of Canada, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Montenegro for NATO membership, and an offer to exchange experiences in the implementation of the reform processes in the country.

The Minister spoke at the panel in the framework of Women Political Leaders Global Forum addressing the global security agenda from a women’s perspective. The panel focused on security policy and emerging threats, and how women politicians can give a new perspective in managing threats. The speakers in this panel included Baroness Catherine Ashton, former Vice President of the European Commission and former High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International Executive Director, Patricia Flor, Director General for International Order, United Nations and Arms Control at the German Federal Foreign Office and Julie Linn Teigland, Regional Managing Partner of Ernst & Young for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The Minister attended a dinner in honour of U.S. Senator John McCain, who received the Munich Conference award, and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was the main speaker at the event. She also attended with the Defence Ministers from the region a joint lunch organized by Germany’s Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, at which the support of our country on its road to NATO was confirmed.

The focus of this year’s conference was the role of the European Union as a global actor and its relations with NATO, the United States and Russia.

The conference was attended by U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, British Prime Minister Theresa May, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Euro-Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn and others.