Radmila Shekerinska is the current Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia. She has served four mandates as Member of Parliament (1998-2002; 2006-2008; 2008-2011 and 2011-2014). She was also the President of the National Council for European Integration, since its establishment.In this capacity, she has been a member of several bodies: the Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee on Labour and Social Policy, European Affairs Committee, Education Committee and the Environment Committee. Shekerinska has been a member of the Interparliamentary Union delegation, the Group for Cooperation with the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Francophone Group.
From 2002 to 2006, Shekerinska was Deputy Prime Minister responsible for European integration and foreign aid coordination in three consecutive Governments. She was also the acting Prime Minister on two occasions during care-taking periods in 2004.
As Deputy Prime Minister responsible for EU integration, she conducted the political dialogue with the European Commission on Macedonia’s accession conditions. Shekerinska was the co-Chair of the Stabilization and Association Committee, established within the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Macedonia and the EU.
It was during her term that the European Council in December 2005 granted Macedonia the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union. This has opened up the possibility for future accession talks with the EU and has enabled the country to take advantage of all components within the EU Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).
Shekerinska acted as the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the Presidential election in the Kyrgyz Republic in July 2009 and for the Parliamentary election in Armenia in May 2012.
In May 2018, Minister Shekerinska was decorated with the Order “Commander of the National Order for Merit of France”. She is the first politician in Macedonia to receive a recognition from this rank from the Republic of France. The Order is awarded for outstanding civic merit, and was established in 1963 by General De Gaulle.
For her dedication and achievements in the field of European integration of Macedonia and the region of the Western Balkans, Shekerinska was awarded with the title – Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Schengen White List project and of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy’s Advisory Council. Shekerinska was also a member of the European Strategy Forum.
She was the President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDUM) from 2006 to 2008, as the first and (so far) only woman to head any of the major political parties in Macedonia.
She was also elected as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Socialist International (organization that unites social democratic, socialist and labour parties throughout the world) from 2008 to 2011.
Shekerinska received her MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA and her BSc in Electrical Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Skopje.