+ 1000 Participants
+50 International and Domestic Panelists
ZIP Institute is an independent, nongovernmental organization which aims at improving democratic processes, the rule of law and the development of civil society in the Republic of North Macedonia, through tailor-made solutions to the most pressing social, societal and systematic problems.
A key feature of the work of ZIP Institute are detailed, encompassing analyses, initiatives and actions on local, national and regional levels, as well as connecting the processes of research and analysis with tangible solutions to the most pressing problems and contributing to policy-making processes.
The U.S. Embassy in Skopje works to advance bilateral relations with the government and people of Macedonia, engaging foreign affairs, business, civil society, education, and other communities to promote issues of mutual interest.
Staffed by over 70 Americans and nearly 240 locally-engaged staff and under the leadership of the Ambassador, the Mission:
Explains and advocates U.S. Government positions on a range of bilateral, regional, and global political, economic, social, and environmental concerns;
Supports North Macedonia’s efforts to develop a robust, job-creating economy that produces sustained GDP growth;
Strengthens North Macedonia’s judicial and law enforcement capacities, particularly to combat corruption, trafficking in persons, and organized crime;
Bolsters democratic institutions and supports the full implementation of the 2001 Ohrid Framework Agreement, in both letter and spirit;
Reinforces close ties with North Macedonia as a model ally in the region and as an invaluable contributor to the Global War on Terror; and
Promotes understanding of U.S. society and values to ensure that future generations share common interests and goals.
The government aims to regain the lost energy security and stability of North Macedonia, reduce energy and energy costs, and make the sun a source of energy in the households. The government will provide energy availability to all citizens and enterprises.
Innovative solutions and advanced technologies for energy production will be stimulated to reduce the share of fossil fuels and increase production from renewable energy sources. The reduction of energy imports will be a result of combining energy efficiency and energy savings, rational production of own energy and a meaningful performance on the regional and international markets for electricity, natural gas and oil derivatives.
The Government will support rational electricity production by transforming TEC Negotino into an energy-agricultural plant, building HPP Cebren and HPP Galishte, optimizing the Pelagon coal basin, implementing the most up-to-date environmental standards in TPP Bitola and TPP Oslomej.
The EU is represented in the Republic of North Macedonia by the Delegation of the European Union.
The Delegation was officially opened in March 2000. It is the liaison between the national authorities and EU institutions. Since the decision by the European Council to recognise the country as a candidate for EU membership, the work of the Delegation has focused increasingly on monitoring and reporting on the country’s compliance with the political and the economic criteria for EU membership, on the alignment of legislation with EU legislation as well as on the capacity of the institutions to implement and enforce it.
One of the key tasks of the Delegation is to inform the authorities, media and citizens about the pre-accession process and about the EU institutions and policies. It also maintains regular contacts with academic institutions, members of the business community and representatives of civil society.
The European Union provides the Republic of North Macedonia with continuous support and financial assistance in the process of implementing the necessary reforms for membership.