CEI Presidency

Macedonia – president of CEI for 2015

Republic of Macedonia took chairmanship of The Central European Initiative (CEI) from January 2015 and it will last until the end of this year, continuing the establishment, improvement and promotion of the core strategic objectives of CEI, such as support of CEI Member States on their path towards European integration; promotion of the alignment of CEI Member States to EU standards; implementation of small and medium-sized projects; and openness to convert constructive ideas into innovative results.

The work of this year’s chairmanship is according an Action plan 2014-2016 adopted several years ago, in the frameworks of the CEI Ministerial meeting. In accordance with the priorities of the plan, this year, Republic of Macedonia held several events, and will continue organizing events from national, regional and international importance. This month, Macedonia will be main organizer of this year’s Ministerial meeting, where several European issues will be discussed and communiqué will be adopted. Main participants of the meeting are Ministers for foreign affairs of the CEI Member States, or their substitutes and special representatives.

Besides Republic of Macedonia, CEI Member States are Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Founded in 1989, the CEI is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation among its Member States. It combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while bridging European macro-regions.
The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union (EU), other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as international and regional organizations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration, the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions.
The CEI's added value lies in the specific combination of operational structure and funds and instruments.