Republic of North Macedonia-NATO Relations
The membership of the Republic of North Macedonia in NATO is one of the three strategic foreign policy priorities of the country. There is a general party and political consensus on NATO membership followed by strong support from the citizens of the country. The determination for Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of North Macedonia dates back to 1993 when the Assembly adopted a Resolution defining the foreign policy priorities of the country, namely NATO and EU membership.
On 15 November 1995, then the Republic of Macedonia signed the Framework Agreement for participation in the Partnership for Peace Programme (PfP). At the time, we were also admitted into the North-Atlantic Cooperation Council which was then succeeded by the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.
On 14 June 1996 we opened a Liaison Office and then a Permanent Mission to NATO Headquarters in Brussels by the end of 1997. In April 1999 at the NATO Summit in Washington we were granted candidate country status and began preparing and implementing the Membership Action Plan (MAP).
In the Final Declaration of the 2008 NATO Summit in Bucharest, the Alliance decided by consensus that the country should be invited to join after resolving the name dispute with Greece. The decision from Bucharest was reiterated in the declarations of the following NATO Summits (Lisbon 2010, Chicago 2012, Wales 2014 and Warsaw 2016), stating that the Alliance will extend an invitation to join NATO as soon as a mutually acceptable solution has been reach within the UN.
At the NATO Summit in Brussels on 11-12 July 2018, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) held a meeting of heads of state and government where the most important decision for the Republic of North Macedonia was adopted – NATO member states have decided to invite the country to begin accession talks to join the Alliance (Paragraph 63 of the Final Declaration).
On 1 August 2018, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg sent a letter to FM Dimitrov along with a Plan for the Implementation of the NATO Accession Process.
On 18 and 19 October 2018, at the meeting held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the Republic of North Macedonia successfully completed the accession talks for the membership of the country in the Alliance.
On 21 January 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov sent a letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg voicing the readiness and ability of the country to accept and observe the obligations and commitments for the country’s membership in the Alliance, laid down in the Washington Treaty and the Study on NATO Enlargement of 1995 as well as the desire to receive an invitation to join NATO.
On 6 February 2019, at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the representatives of the 29 NATO member-states in the presence of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov signed the Accession Protocol for the accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to the Alliance.
The ratification process of the country’s NATO Accession Protocol in NATO member-states is underway, whereupon the Republic of North Macedonia is expected to formally become a NATO member-state.
The Republic of North Macedonia, as a long-term partner of the Alliance, is actively contributing to NATO, EU and UN security missions in the region and the world aimed at supporting peace and security. The contribution to international operations is done in the spirit of the strategic commitment of the Republic of North Macedonia to contribute to global peace and security and is yet another confirmation of its readiness to share the challenges as a full-fledges NATO member-states.
As part of its active role in regional security cooperation, the Republic of North Macedonia, as the founder of the US-Adriatic Charter, continues to participate in regional security cooperation as our contribution to the further development of a secure, stable and economically prosperous region.