Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani had a meeting with the Regional
Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for Europe and the
Commonwealth of Independent States, Mirjana Spoljaric Egger.
The topics of
the UNDP"s ongoing and future plans in the country were opened at the meeting,
as well as the development challenges from the aspect of the European
integration process, a domain in which UNDP has a competitive advantage,
experience and mandate to support North Macedonia as a long-term partner.
moment we are in a pre-election period, having ongoing presidential campaign
that, although slowing down the processes, should not be an obstacle to
continue the implementation of the reforms for the European integration of the
country, and in that sense, the strategic partnership with the UNDP to support
the agenda for accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to the EU is
welcome," Osmani stated, pointing out the European Commission"s spring
report on the state of play and the progress of the country, which will reflect
the positive reform momentum in the country.
welcomed UNDP"s support to the Government to utilize the EU integration process
to achieve sustained, inclusive and accelerated growth in accordance with the
best practices and international and regional experiences, which, according to
him, will mean improvement of the lives of citizens in line with the European
At the end of
the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Osmani and Director Spoljaric Egger
expressed strong confidence that this partner cooperation will continue in the
coming period, having in mind the Government"s dedication to support the UN
policy "No one is left behind".
implemented over 200 projects so far worth over 66 million euro since country"s
independence, 27 of which are ongoing, having budget of about 19 million euro
for support of institutions, EU integration process, migrant crisis, Roma,
local self- government, etc, as well as damages caused by natural disasters.
The cooperation between the Republic of North Macedonia and the UN through the
development programmes is being successfully implemented for 25 years.