North Macedonia in the World

On 15 September 2015, the National holiday of the Republic of Macedonia, 8 September, Independence Day was celebrated in the premises of Hotel Bristol in Vienna.



The reception was organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Vienna, and the Macedonian Ambassador to Austria, Vasilka Poposka Trenevska, PhD and the Macedonian Ambassador to the United Nations, OSCE and other IO in Vienna, Kire Ilioski, PhD welcomed the numerous guests and held welcoming speeches.

Ambassador Poposka Trenevska spoke of the significance of 8 September, and, inter alia, emphasised the good bilateral relations and Austria’s continuous support to the Republic of Macedonia on its road to implementing reforms aimed at meeting the strategic goals of our country which are full-fledged memberships into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures.


In his address, Ambassador Ilioski spoke of the exceptional significance of this holiday and noted the active role of the Republic of Macedonia within the UN, OSCE and other international organisations in Vienna. He mentioned our particular contribution to the missions of these organisations through which Macedonia stands out as an active contributor to global political processes and dynamics in the international relations. As an example, he pointed to our membership and constructive engagement in the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other bodies of relevant international organisations. Furthermore, in light of the twentieth anniversary, he underlined the importance of our membership and cooperation with OSCE, as the world’s largest regional security organisation.

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The event was attended by over 200 guests including the US Ambassador, Wesner, Russian Ambassador, Ljubinski, OSCE Secretary General Zannier, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of CTBTO, L. Zerbo, Deputy General Director of IAEA, representatives of the current and future OSCE chairmanship, ambassadors and permanent representatives of a large number of countries accredited to UN, OSCE and other international organisations seated in Vienna. In addition, the reception was attended by former Coordinator of the SECI, Busek, former Austrian Secretary of State and current Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Hans Winkler. High representatives of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of Macedonia and the Western Balkans were also in attendance. Also present were numerous representatives of Austrian political, economic and cultural life, representatives of the diplomatic corps in Vienna and representatives of the Macedonian Diaspora in Austria and Slovakia.