State Secretary for European Affairs Ana
Blazheska, this weekend, the 5th-6th November participated on a conference of
the Institute "Confucius", which was held within the cooperation of
the People's Republic of China with the countries of Central and Eastern
Europe, in Riga, Latvia.
In her address at the conference Blazheska
referred to the cooperation between the Macedonian government and the Institute
of Chinese language "Confucius" in order to establish Chinese
language classes for administrative servants.
"Trained civil servants who know the
People's Republic of China and speak the Chinese language is a prerequisite for
further successful initiation and implementation of projects between the two
countries in different areas," stressed Blazheska, adding that such
cooperation is an innovative initiative that can be an example and good
direction for the governments of the other countries within the cooperation 16
The cooperation 16 + 1 is an initiative of
the People's Republic of China to intensify and expand the cooperation with the
11 EU member- states and 5 Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Latvia, Montenegro
Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Macedonia) in the field of
investments, transport, finance, science, education and culture , and within
this initiative China has defined three potential priority areas for economic
cooperation: infrastructure, high technologies, as well as green technologies.