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Declaration of Cooperation between the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Macedonia


Building upon the traditional friendly relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the Kingdom of Sweden;

Reconfirming that their shared values include promotion and protection of fundamental freedoms, human rights, democracy, the rule of law and good governance; and having in mind the importance of promoting peace, stability and regional security;

Recognizing that the stability and prosperity of the Region of the Western Balkans depends on the stability and prosperity of each of the countries from the Region and recalling that current global and security challenges require closer cooperation;

Noting that strategic objective of the Republic of Macedonia is to become an EU and NATO member state and the country’s strong commitment to this purpose,

Recalling Sweden’s continuous support to Macedonian EU aspirations and Macedonian internal reform processes;

Acknowledging Sweden’s tremendous contribution towards the promotion of human rights and democratic principles,

Determined to further expand and strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation on multilateral level.

 

Within multilateral forathe countries shall together work towards:

  • Promoting the respect for international law, democracy, human rights and rule of law;
  • Promoting peace, strengthening international cooperation and regional security by working closely within the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and other international organizations with the purpose of supporting peace building and conflict prevention
  • Contributing to closer economic integration based on free trade and commitment to the rules-based multilateral trading system;
  • Engaging in fighting climate change and other long-term challenges such as inequality, water issues and resource scarcity, through supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda;
  • Work closely with other EU Member States, the UN Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration and other international actors to address the migration issues and to mitigate future risks by focusing on the root causes of displacement and on conflict prevention;
  • Promote greater innovation by actively engaging to dismantle trade barriers and to utilize the prospects of the increasingly digital economy;Work closely with the ILO and other international organizations to promote policies that would support increased productivity and inclusive economic growth through greater equality in the labor market, decent working conditions and improved social dialogue.

 

On bilateral level the cooperation will focus on:

  • Bilateral dialogue on EU integration, including technical assistance with particular emphasis on Kingdom of Sweden’s relevant experience and expert assistance;
  • Further support for Macedonia’s reform efforts with particular emphasis on good governance, human rights, the rule of law, anti-corruption measures and education;
  • Work with EU partners in promoting Macedonia’s EU bid,
  • Enhanced governance on migration and refugee issues, in particular through exchange of knowledge and good practices on the fight against human trafficking;
  • Defense and security sector cooperation in countering the continuous risks of armed conflicts, cyber threats, terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime;
  • Exchange of knowledge and experience to facilitate national and EU efforts to prevent religious extremism and radicalization;
  • Sharing experience on Sweden’s feminist foreign policy, and support to introduce the gender equality index for Macedonia that would contribute to further the gender equality in the country and allow for an assessment of the progress made over time;
  • Sharing knowledge and best practices on Sweden’s remarkable transition towards a fossil-free nation and on implementing the Paris Agreement;
  • Expand trade and investment and enhance overall economic and business ties in all areas of joint economic interest, particularly in the sphere of clean technologies and life sciences;
  • Public and Cultural Diplomacy;People-to-people contact with emphasis on cultural, educational and scientific exchanges and research, cooperation in sport and promotion of tourism.