First Deputy President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia in charge of European Affairs
Bojan Maricik was born on January 7, 1983 in Skopje.
He graduated in 2006 at the Department of International Law at the Faculty of Law "Iustinianus Primus" at the University "St. Cyril and Methodius" in Skopje.
In 2009 he received a Master's degree in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam, Kingdom of the Netherlands, with a full scholarship from the MTEC program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In 2011 he received a Master's degree in Modern European Studies from University College London, UK, with a full scholarship awarded by the Chevening Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom.
He started his professional career in 2006 as a demonstrator of EU Law at the Faculty of Law „Iustinianus Primus“; in Skopje.
From February 2007 to August 2008 he was a project assistant on a project for approximation of the European legislation in the Sector for Legal Affairs and human resources of the Ministry of Interior.
From September 2009 to September 2010 he worked as a project coordinator and analyst in the legal program, the program for public administration and the EU programs in the Open Society Foundation - Macedonia.
From September 2011 to November 2013 he was hired as a senior researcher on legal and political issues at Eurothink - Centre for European Strategies, a leading civil society organization for research, training and monitoring of North Macedonia's accession to the EU.
Maricik was a research assistant on a Fulbright Project of Professor Keith Brown of Brown University, USA from October 2012 to October 2013.
He was CEO of Eurothink from November 2013 to June 2017.
In the period from June 2017 to January 2020, he is a special advisor for Euro-Atlantic integration of the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia.
Since July 2017, he has been the national representative for the Berlin Process, and since July 2018, he has been Deputy Chief Political Negotiator, Chief Technical Negotiator and Head of the Technical Negotiation Team for the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to the European Union.
Maricik has been the national coordinator for integration in the European Union, the Berlin Process and regional co-operation since January 2020.
From August 30, 2020, he served as Minister of Justice in the second term of the Government led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Since January 16, 2022, he is appointed Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs.
He is author of over 20 academic and analytical publications in the field of EU integration of North Macedonia and the Western Balkans.
Maricik has extensive experience in lecturing on trainings, academic lectures on EU issues, public speaking, argumentation and debate, and formulating public policies and advocacy.
He has provided a number of consultancy services for project cycle, writing project applications, change management, reforms, strategic planning, advocacy and lobbying,
and communication strategies of CSOs and public institutions.
He also has an extensive experience in analysis and research for international organizations and domestic, political and civic factors.