Neighbourhood

The Directorate for Bilateral Relations with South Eastern European Countries and Regional Initiatives (DBRSEERI) monitors, studies and processes, from a political aspect, the events and relations of the Republic of Macedonia with the countries of the immediate surrounding: Republic of Albania, Republic of Bulgaria, Greece, Republic of Kosovo and Republic of Serbia, as well as with the countries from the wider surrounding: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Moldavia, Romania, Republic of Slovenia, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Croatia, and Montenegro. This is done in line with building good and constructive bilateral relations and cooperation with the South Eastern European countries and their continuous development, improvement and reinforcement on both bilateral and regional level.

The Directorate includes two departments:

  • Immediate Neighbourhood Department and
  • Wider Neighbourhood Department and Regional Initiatives.

These departments have several units.

The Directorate cooperates with diplomatic and consular missions and offices of the Republic of Macedonia to the South Eastern European Countries, as well as with diplomatic consular missions and offices of the respective countries to the Republic of Macedonia. This is done through appropriate communication and requests for data and information for the countries regarding issues in the sphere of action. These issues are subject to analysis and processing in the course of preparation of analytic materials, information, reminders and other documents. Furthermore, it coordinates the activities of the competent state bodies and institutions and stimulates their concrete and direct cooperation with respective bodies and institutions in the SEE countries.

Having in mind that the improvement of the good neighbourly relations is one of the priorities of the foreign policy of the Republic of Macedonia, DBRSEERI continues the pro-active approach. When the Directorate plans and realizes its activities, it initiates and presents ideas and proposals for new forms of cooperation. This is done in order to achieve better understanding, to establish relations between peoples and to enhance the overall bilateral and regional cooperation.

Using the Unit for Regional Initiatives within the frames of the Wider Neighbourhood Department, the Directorate takes care for the monitoring and analysis of the policies within the member states of the Regional Initiatives in order to further enhance and develop the influence and the benefits of the creation of regional capacities. The Directorate monitors and coordinates the activities in this area aiming at creation of proactive partner relations and cooperation with all member states. All these activities are undertaken in line of finding solutions for the bilateral and regional issues and in order to improve the security, stability and progress in the region.

  • Albania
  • Bulgaria
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Kosovo
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Turkey
  • Montenegro
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Romania
  • Moldova
  • Regional Initiatives
Albania Diplomatic relations with Republic of Albania Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania established diplomatic relations on 26th April 1993. Both countries have built good relations and cooperation reflected in numerous bilateral visits and meetings on all levels.

Macedonia and Albania share similar interests in foreign and political level, within the frames of EU, NATO and regional cooperation. On bilateral level, both countries have successful parliamentary cooperation and both countries pledged to intensify the contacts between the parliamentary committees. The cooperation between the state bodies and institutions is intensive and constructive. Also, the state organs and institutions have intensive and constructive cooperation. The deepening of the trade and economic cooperation, as well as the promotion of the economic potentials of both countries is high on the agenda for further development of the cooperation. Moreover, another important priority was imposed for more efficient use of the European funds especially regarding the current projects, and joint participation in the projects within the frames of IPA component. The joint cooperation is reflected in the completed activities within the frames of the Adriatic Charter (joint medical team in ISAF, Afghanistan and SEEBRIG process).

Both countries are members into almost all regional initiatives sharing same principles, During Macedonian chairmanship with the SEECP both countries had close and constructive cooperation regarding the regional projects.

Among the most significant meetings and visits since the beginning of 2013 until today we can mention:

- the official visit of MFA A. Bumchi to the Republic of Macedonia (29th – 30th April 2013, Skopje), 
- the meeting of the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov with the President of the Republic of Albania, B. Nishani within the frames of the Presidential Summit in Durres, Republic of Albania which took place on 16th – 17th September 2013,
- as well as the official visit of the Head of the Government of the Republic of Albania, E. Rama to the Republic of Macedonia on 6th November 2013.
Bulgaria Diplomatic relations with Republic of Bulgaria Macedonia

The Republic of Bulgaria was the first country to acknowledge the independence of the Republic of Macedonia on 15th January 1992. Full diplomatic relations were established on 31st December 1993, one year after the establishment of the consular relations. In the past two decades both countries built partner relations which are characterized with developed and continuous comprehensive cooperation. Solid cooperation is present in the contest of regional initiatives and on multilateral plan. The contractual framework is consisted of 75 bilateral agreements and documents.

In the spirit of good neighbourly relations, democratic principles, the European standards and values, Republic of Macedonia initiates and promotes active and constructive dialogue with Bulgaria in order to overcome every open issue. In that line, one of the priorities in the bilateral relations of both countries is the execution of an agreement with well balanced mutual rights and obligations, an agreement for friendship, good-neighbourly relations and cooperation, agreement that shall reflect the European vision, standards and values, an agreement that shall serve as the essence of the bilateral relations between both countries. Other priorities refer to further enhancement of the political and economic relations, improvement of the regional and multilateral cooperation, development of the sector and inter-institutional cooperation, joint participation in the infrastructural activities, as well as solution of all issues of mutual interest on bilateral, regional and multilateral level.

Among the most significant meetings and visits established since the beginning of 2013 until today we can mention:

- the working visit of the President of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, Bojko Borisov and MFA Nikolaj Mladenov to the Republic of Macedonia which took place on 16th February 2013;
- one day working visit paid to Sofija of the Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Fatmir Besimi (26th June 2013);
- the working visit to the Republic of Bulgaria paid by MFA Nikola Poposki on 12th – 13th December 2013,
- as well as the joint mini session of the Governments led by the Prime Ministers of both countries which took place on 28th July 2013.
Greece Diplomatic relations with Greece Macedonia

On 13th September 1995 Republic of Macedonia and Greece signed the Interim Accord and thus, Greece, de facto, acknowledged the Macedonian state. Immediately afterwards, Liaison offices were established in Skopje and Athens. Later, in 2004, a Memorandum was signed for opening offices for consular, economic and trade affairs in Bitola and Thessaloniki.

Since the moment when the Republic of Macedonia appeared as an individual state subject, until today, the relations between Republic of Macedonia and Greece are extremely complicated due to the different opinions regarding the name.

After the execution of the Interim Accord in 1995, a period of intensified contact and cooperation followed and it continued until the end of 2004 when the Greek MFA adopted a decision to freeze the bilateral cooperation. In 2009 there was a partial renewal and occasional political contacts and meetings which are mostly made on the margins of international events. These two countries do not have exchange of high level bilateral official meetings, although invitations have been extended. Until now, all bilateral agreements and accords executed between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece are awaiting ratification in the Greek Parliament.

In general, the political relations and cooperation mostly on Greek side are conditioned with finding resolution for the differences regarding the name of the Republic of Macedonia – something that is not in accordance with the Interim Accords.

After Greece influenced the decision for extending invitation for NATO membership to Macedonia on the Summit in Bucharest in 2008, the Republic of Macedonia submitted an appeal to the International Court of Justice for violation of Article 11 (1) of the Interim Accords. In December 2011 ICJ ruled in favour of the Republic of Macedonia. This ruling has mandatory legal effect upon the other party, as well as continuous validity.

In the last few years the following significant contact were made in the cooperation of the Republic of Macedonia and Greece:

- In January 2012, Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia for European Affairs, Mrs. Teuta Arifi, paid a two-day visit to Greece;
- In May 2013, Vice President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia for European Affairs, Mr. Fatmir Besimi, paid two-day visit to Greece;
- MFAs in both countries have established expert cooperation in the area of Euro-Integrations;
- On 7th June 2012 in Athens the first expert consultations were held regarding EU issues. The Consultations were organized between MFA of the Republic of Macedonia and MFA of Greece;
- In April 2013 in Skopje requited consultations were held regarding EU issues. The Consultations were organized between MFA of the Republic of Macedonia and MFA of Greece.
- On 20th February 2014, the Greek Prime Minister and MFA, Evangelos Venizelos, in the capacity of Chairperson with the Council of Europe, visited Republic of Macedonia within the frames of his Balkan tour.
Serbia Diplomatic relations with Republic of Serbia Macedonia

Since the mutual acknowledgment in April 1996, Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia established partner relations. These relations reflect mutual trust, understanding and good-neighbourly relations on high level. This political dialogue enables continuous development of the relations and cooperation confirmed through numerous meetings on highest level. The Euro integrations were and remain a priority for the foreign policy of both countries. In line of intensifying the cooperation in the area of the Euro integration process, both countries signed bilateral agreement that helped in achievement of concrete and appropriate dynamic of the cooperation.

Although Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia mostly have equal or similar viewpoints on numerous issues on bilateral, regional and multilateral plan, they still have some differences regarding the Kosovo dispute and the dispute between the Macedonian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Orthodox Church. However, these differences do not impose obstacle for further constructive dialogue and deepening of the overall bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation. The confirmation for this conclusion and for the excellent relations is the Joint Session of both governments. The session served to underline the need of faster development and enhancement of the economic cooperation, as well as infrastructural and energetic connections through concrete projects.

The contractual framework between these two countries has been almost completed and it enables intensive cooperation in several areas of mutual interest. Until now, more than 60 bilateral agreements and documents have been executed. Out of them, 53 entered into force, and at the moment there are 20 initiatives and procedures for execution of other documents and agreements.

The friendly relations between these two countries were confirmed by the official visit paid by the President of Republic of Serbia, Nikolic. He visited the Republic of Macedonia in 2012. In the spirit of good-neighbourly relations and European values, Republic of Macedonia enabled the Serbian authorities to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Kumanovo in the area Zebrnjak. Furthermore, the visit paid by the President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dacic on 27th – 28th January 2013 also reflect the spirit of good neighbourly relations and friendship, as well as the working visit on 26th January 2014 when the Prime Ministers of Macedonia and Serbia, Gruevski and Dacic, were part of the official celebration of the national holiday of the Serbian Community in the Republic of Macedonia.

These are the most significant visits and meetings since the beginning of 2013 until today:

- Official visit of the President of the Government of Republic of Serbia, I. Dacic to the Republic of Macedonia, 28th January 2014;
- Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Serbia, I. Mrkic to the Republic of Macedonia, 18th February 2013;
- Official visit of the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Trajko Veljanovski to Belgrade, 1st – 2nd April, 2013;
- Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, N. Poposki, to Belgrade, 21st February 2014.
Kosovo Diplomatic relations with Republic of Kosovo Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Kosovo have solid bilateral cooperation, continuous constructive and friendly dialogue on numerous issues of mutual interest. Republic of Macedonia welcomed the agreements achieved between Republic of Kosovo and Republic of Serbia and welcomes the acceptance of the Agreement on Normalization of the relations between Belgrade and Prishtina. This agreement and its principles were accepted on 19th April 2013 with assurance that this Agreement not only opens a new chapter in the relations between the two people, but it also stimulates the closure of opened regional issues. Furthermore, Macedonia welcomes the fact the Kosovo started negotiations with EC to sign the Stabilization and Association Agreement.

The good cooperation between two countries is confirmed by the numerous bilateral visits and meetings on all levels. We could mention the following:

- 7th February 2013 – Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mr. Spiro Ristovski, paid visit to the Republic of Kosovo. An agreement for insurance periods for right to pension was signed;
- 8th February 2014 – Minister of Culture, Elizabeta Kancheska Milevska, visited Kosovo and signed an agreement for cooperation in culture;
- 18th June 2013 – MFA Poposki had a meeting with MFA of Republic of Kosovo, E. Hodzaj, within the frames of the meeting of Partnership Commission US-Adriatic Charter on the level of ministers of foreign affairs in Skopje;
- 24th June 2013 – meeting of the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Macedonia, Gordana Jankuloska and Minister of Interior of Republic of Kosovo, Bajram Redzepi; the meeting took place in Jazhince where the ministers signed an Agreement for opening a new border crossing for international road traffic between two countries “Belanovce – Stanchikj”;
- 24th June 2013 – Minister of Economy V. Sarakjini, paid visit to Kosovo. During this visit, an Agreement for cooperation in tourism was signed.
Croatia Diplomatic relations with Republic of Croatia Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Croatia established diplomatic relations on 30th March 1992. The contractual framework between these two countries is marked with 40 inter-state agreements, memorandums and protocols; whereas 12 agreements are being reviewed. This reflects a rich and mutual cooperation.

In 2013 and the beginning of 2014 several visits were exchanged among which the following were on the highest level:

- The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, were guests at the Central Celebration which marked Croatia’s admission to the European Union, 30th June – 1st July 2013;
- Official visit of the President of Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, to the Republic of Macedonia, 4th – 5th September 2013;
- Official visit of the President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski to Zagreb, 25th January 2014;
- Official visit of the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, Trajko Veljanoski, 24-25.1.2014.

Republic of Croatia actively and openly supports the Euro-integration process of Macedonia, as well as the membership aspirations of all countries in the region. On 31st May 2013 in Ohrid, the Government of Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Croatia signed an Agreement for Euro-Atlantic Partnership. This gives the base for improvement of the cooperation regarding the Euro-integrations.

In the past few years the trade exchange between these two countries registered surplus; however, in 2012 trade shortfall was notices, and it continued in 2013 and 2014. After Croatia accessed EU, the trade on bilateral level is performed within the frames of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) that is signed between the Republic of Macedonia and the EU member states.

Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Croatia have fruitful cooperation in the field of defence, health, education and science, environment, culture and police.

According to the constitutional amendments, the Preamble of the Constitution of Republic of Croatia includes the Macedonians along 21 national minorities.

 

Slovenia Diplomatic relations with Republic of Slovenia Macedonia

Republic of Slovenia is the third country that acknowledged Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name (12th February 1992), and it was the first country to establish diplomatic relations with Republic of Macedonia (17th March 1993). Republic of Slovenia was actively supporting the process of acquiring and recognition of independence of Republic of Macedonia within the international community. Slovenia was the second country to open an Embassy in Skopje and the first sponsor for Macedonia regarding the admission in the UN and other international structures.

The bilateral relations and cooperation reflect friendship without any open issues. These relations are based on long-standing constructive cooperation.

The relations with Slovenia include the mutual efforts for additional enhancement of the economic cooperation, increase of the trade exchange and cooperation in the field of investments.

The rich contractual situation with more than 40 bilateral agreements is just another confirmation for the successful cooperation between these two countries.

In the last few years numerous official and working visits were paid:

- Official visit of the President of Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor to the Republic of Macedonia, 16th – 17th July 2013;
- Participation of the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov at the meeting of the leaders from the Brdo Process, Brod near Kranj, 25th July 2013;
- Participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Nikola Poposki at Bled Strategic Forum, Bled, 1st – 3rd September 2013;
- Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs with Tina Komer, minister without portfolio in charge of the relations between Slovenia and the indigenous Slovenian national community in the neighbouring countries, and the relations between Slovenia and the Slovenians abroad, Skopje, 16th September 2013;
- President of Government of Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, education and science, transport and communications, as well as the Director of the Agency for Youth and Sport, pays official visit to Ljubljana, 13th November 2013;
- Official visit of the Prime Minister for European Affairs, Fatmir Besimi to Zagreb, 5th December 2013;

Slovenia has a very positive attitude toward the Macedonian national minority. According to the official records, in Slovenia there are 9,087 Macedonian citizens organized in 12 Macedonian societies and united in the Union of Macedonians and the Church society organized by the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

Turkey Diplomatic relations with Republic of Turkey Macedonia

Republic of Turkey is the second country that recognized the independence of Republic of Macedonia on 6th February 1992 respectively the first country to recognize Macedonia without any reservations regarding the identity and language. In the same year, on 26th August, we established diplomatic relations immediately upon the execution of the Protocol between these two countries in London.

The communication and cooperation between these two countries is intensive and active on all levels pursuant to the Strategy on Reinforcement of Relations Between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Turkey dated 2006.

The contractual situation covers almost all fields of mutual interest. Republic of Macedonia and Republic Turkey signed 36 international agreements, 49 international documents, and one agreement taken through succession. At the moment, 15 agreements are in the phase of procedure.

In the past few years many official meetings and working visits have been paid, among which:

- Official visit of the President of Republic of Turkey, Abdula Gul, to the Republic of Macedonia, 4th – 5th May 2008;
- Official visit of the President of the Government of Republic of Turkey, Redzep Taip Erdogan, to the Republic of Macedonia, 29th – 30th September 2011; 
- Official Visit of the President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Dzemil Cicek, to the Republic of Macedonia, 17th – 18th May 2012; 
- Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Turkey, Ahmet Davitoglu, to the Republic of Macedonia, 20th – 21st December 2012. 

Republic of Turkey is one of the loudest supporters of Republic of Macedonia in the field of Euro-Atlantic integrations. Turkey gives the biggest support for Macedonian NATO membership, as well as for international promotion of our constitutional name (Republic of Macedonia was the single country in the region to officially welcome the ruling of the International Court of Justice. This was done in a written statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

Cooperation is intensive in the area of culture. On 21st December 2012 agreement the Ministries of Culture of Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Turkey signed an agreement for establishment and activities of the Centres of Culture in both countries. On 18th January 2014, the foundations of the Turkish Theatre in Skopje were laid, and in Bitola, Military School (idadiye, Turkish) and the Memorial Room of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were opened. The reconstruction was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia and the Office of TIKA in Macedonia. Both countries have signed a Memorandum for Conservation and Reconstruction of Monuments dating from the Ottoman Period. Some of the monuments are as it follows: Mustafa Pasha Mosque, the Stone Bride, Kurshumli An and other objects in Tetovo and Bitola. The construction of the Memorial House of Ataturk’s parents is in the last phase.

 

Montenegro Diplomatic relations with Montenegro Macedonia

In the spirit of determination to continue the traditionally well and friendly relations between Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro, and in order to enhance the overall cooperation, and led by the shared principles for European and Euro-Atlantic integrations, on 12th June 2006 the Government of the Republic of Macedonia adopted a decision to recognize Montenegro as an independent country. On 14th June 2006The Government of the Republic of Macedonia established comprehensive diplomatic relations with Montenegro. The General Consulate of Republic of Macedonia in Podgorica (opened in 2005) was transformed into an Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia to Montenegro.

On bilateral level, activities are being developed for further enhancement and improvement of the relations and cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. The pledge for intensifying the economic cooperation are very important, especially the ones in the field of investments and other areas of shared interest.  

The rich contractual situation includes more than 47 agreements. This is confirms the well developed relations between these two countries. The continuous political dialogue is reflected in numerous official and working meetings, as it follows:

- Official visit of the Vice President of the Government and Minister on Foreign Affairs and European Integrations of Montenegro, Igor Luksic, 14th February 2013;
- Political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs on level of political directors, Skopje, 20th March 2013;
- Participation of the Vice President of the Government and Minister on Foreign Affairs and European Integrations of Montenegro, Igor Luksic, to the formal ministerial meeting of SEEPC, Ohrid, 31st May 2013;
- Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Poposki with the Vice President of the Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integrations of Montenegro, Igor Luksic, at the ministerial meeting of the Partner Commission US-Adriatic Charter, Skopje, 17th June 2013.
Bosnia-and-Herzegovina Diplomatic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina established diplomatic relations on 27th May 1993. The bilateral cooperation between the two countries is successful and without any open issues. The strategic goals of both countries are full-fledged membership into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures.

The bilateral contractual situation numbers 27 international agreements.
In 2013 and the beginning of 2013 several visits on highest level were established:

- Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, to Sarajevo, on 27th February 2013;
- Working visit of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia, Talat Dzaferi, to Bosnia and Herzegovina, 18th – 21st March 2013;
- Working visit of the Minister of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barisha Cholak, to Republic of Macedonia, 12th March 2013;
- Working visit of the President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, to Bosnia and Herzegovina on the marking of 10th anniversary of the death of the former President of Republic of Macedonia, Boris Trajkovski, 25th – 26th February 2014.
Romania Diplomatic relations with Romania Macedonia

Republic of Macedonia and Romania established diplomatic relations on 11th January 1995. The bilateral relations between these two countries are distinguished with friendship and open dialogue. There is an evident interest in both parties for building good relations and realization of cooperation in several interests.

Republic of Macedonia and Romania have solid contractual framework with 17 bilateral agreements, 21 international agreements and 20 agreements taken over through succession. These two countries have 16 initiatives for execution of new bilateral agreements.

These are the most important official and working visits:

- Official visit of the President of Romania, Trajan Basesku, to Republic of Macedonia, 27th May 2010;
- Official visit of the President of Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, to Romania, 6th – 8th October, 2011;
- Official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Titus Corlacean, to Republic of Macedonia, 3rd July 2013;
- Meeting of the president of the Government of Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, with president of the Government of Romania, Viktor Ponta, on the margins of the Summit of Heads of States from Central-Eastern Initiative and China, 25th November, 2013;
- Meeting between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Macedonia and Romania, Nikola Poposki and Titus Corlacean, respectively, on the margins of SEECP, Bucharest, 18th February 2014.

The Macedonians in Romania are recognized as a legal and political subject. The Association of Macedonians in Romania won one sit in the Romanian parliament on the Parliamentary elections held on 9th December 2012

Moldova Diplomatic relations with Republic of Moldova Macedonia

Diplomatic relations between Republic of Macedonian and Republic of Moldova were established on 27th January 1995.

Until now, these two countries have executed 8 bilateral agreements in significant areas of cooperation and 3 international documents. Eleven initiatives have been raised for execution of new bilateral agreements. This gives possibility for further widening of the contractual framework.

The overall bilateral meetings between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Moldova are characterized with friendship and mutual respect. However, there is a lack of continuous political dialogue:

- Official visit of the President of Republic of Macedonia, Branko Crvenkovski, to Moldova, 7th – 8th July 2005;
- Official visit of the President of Republic of Moldova, Vasile Petru Tarlev, to Republic of Macedonia, 11th March 2005;
- Official visit of the President of Republic of Moldova, Vladimir Voronin, to Republic of Macedonia, 21st – 22nd February 2006.

The lack of bilateral visits on high and highest level in the past, was partially compensated with meetings on international events where besides the current international issues, the two countries discussed about issues in the area of bilateral relations and cooperation.

Republic of Macedonia continues the proactive work within the frames of the regional initiatives in SEECP, Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Central-European Initiative (CEI), and MARRI and SELEK i.e. the Regional Centre in Bucharest. Republic of Macedonia is a current member of the Troika in South East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) after it completed the chairmanship in 2013.
Republic of Macedonia submitted the candidacy for chairmanship with CEI in 2015.

Republic of Macedonia supports the activities of the regional organizations which despite the activities in the political and security sphere, focus their attention on increasing the capacities for sustainable development of the countries in the region.