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МНР Никола Димитров оствари телефонски разговор со норвешката МНР Ине Ериксен Сореиде

На барање на норвешката страна, министерот за надворешни работи Никола Димитров денес разговараше со министерката за надворешни работи на Кралството Норвешка, Ине Ериксен Сореиде.   Димитров и’ се заблагодари на норвешката влада, којашто одобри помош во вредност од 3,2 милиони евра за итна реализација преку програмата на УНОПС за Северна Македонија, Србија и Црна Гора, за медицински материјали и препарати за справување со пандемијата. Од тие средства беа набавени респиратори со што беше зајакнат капацитетот на здравствениот систем во справувањето со Ковид-19. Тој исто така упати благодарност и за Проектот наменет за  изработка на систем за процесирање на класифицирани информации во Министерството за надворешни работи, што исто така е финансиран од Кралството Норвешка. Соговорниците разменија мислења и за актуелните состојби поврзани со здравствената криза, предизвиците и можностите за поддршка, ги споделија искуствата и праксите при справувањето со неа и уште еднаш беше истакната потребата од солидарност и соработка. Воедно, Министрите изразија задоволство од досегашниот развој на билатералните односи и соработка, а се осврнаа и на блиската соработка во мултилатералата.

OSCE Mission to Skopje launches exceptional call for proposals from civil society organizations and charities

Today the OSCE Mission to Skopje launched an exceptional call for proposals from local civil society organizations, associations and charities. The aim of the call is to address the needs of the most vulnerable and underserved communities in the country in areas covered by the Mission’s mandate during the COVID-19 crisis. This call is also intended to support organizations that face difficulties in maintaining their operations due to the pandemic. These are the organizations that work with youth, people at risk, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and those with long-term physical and mental health conditions; smaller communities, including Roma and Sinti; survivors of domestic violence, gender-based violence and trafficked persons, refugees and migrants. The support also covers activities in areas such human rights protection and advocacy. More information on the available funding can be found here “The current Covid-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it has created pose an unprecedented threat to security and social stability. Our new COVID-19 response fund provides an opportunity for civil society groups, associations, and charities to receive financial support of up to €15,000 to help them carry out their important work and sustain themselves in the face of the pandemic”, said Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje Clemens Koja. “We are launching this initiative with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and look forward to receiving innovative proposals aiming to uphold fundamental rights, ensure access to basic services, and contribute to the fulfilment of the country’s OSCE commitments during the next three months,” Clemens Koja continued. In welcoming the OSCE Mission’s initiative Nikola Dimitrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia noted: “We strongly support the OSCE Mission to Skopje’s COVID-19 response fund, which we believe will help local non-governmental organizations to continue to support those most in need and most vulnerable, and strengthen democratic values in our society”.   “As a former civil society activist myself and a think-tank member, I know how much the non-governmental sector has contributed to the democratic U-turn we have made in recent years. At a time when there is great need for the work of non-governmental organizations, while they are facing serious financial challenges due to the crisis, I believe that this is the solution that should be welcomed.” ​

Video-conference of the ministers of foreign affairs of Western Balkan countries and SEE EU countries, as well as high representatives of EU institutions in order to coordinate dealing the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic

Today, at a joint initiative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias a ministerial video-conference was held with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Western Balkan countries and SEE EU countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia), as well as the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi, the Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid and the Director at the EC Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs, Johannes Luchner. The aim of the conference was to start a discussion between the ministries of foreign affairs on how they can successfully contribute, through mutual cooperation, in the next stages of dealing with the socio-economic consequences caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The focus was placed on the current and future cooperation connected to possible ways of regulating cross-border travel, transport and tourism, as well as the mutual support of economies of the countries in light of the package of guidelines and recommendations of the European Commission published on 13 May on how to help member states to gradually lift travel restrictions and enable the reopening of the tourist sector, taking into account the health of the citizens as a priority. Transcript of the statement of FM Dimitrov after the ministerial video-conference FM Dimitrov: "It gives me particular pleasure that in such a short time, together with our Greek friends we were able to be virtual co-hosts of our colleagues from the region, from EU member states immediately surrounding the region and of high representatives of the EU, which was unthinkable a few years ago, in order to initiate discussion for the joint cooperation in the following stage since the outbreak of the pandemic. That feeling of togetherness which was created after the initial shock from the crisis, I believe that we will be able to develop further with joint and coordinated steps, in order to resume the regular socio-economic courses of our societies and to recover from the consequences of Covid-19 as soon and as safely as possible. We are grateful to our EU partners for the feeling that they are taking us into account in adopting different measures and guidelines in managing the crisis, dealing with the consequences and the gradual lifting of restrictive measures. This provides assurance that such an approach will continue in the future in the context of complete integration of the Western Balkans in the EU. The Joint Statement that we adopted today is another indicator in this regard." JOINT MINISTERIAL STATEMENT on COVID 19 PANDEMIC It was jointly stated that as in many other challenging crises that transcend national borders, the Covid-19 pandemic has proven that solidarity, cooperation and coordination at a bilateral, regional and international level are key for removing threats and consequences. The ministers agreed that this is particularly applicable at regional level, as well as between EU and WB countries because of their interconnectivity and because the steps and decisions undertaken in one country have an immediate impact on the life of citizens in other countries in the immediate neighbourhood. The ministers concluded that the main priority to be worked on is restarting of the economy and addressing of the social implications from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. In this context, intensified and deepened cooperation is needed to establish common solutions in order to strengthen trade, safe resuming of cross-border travel and transport, through the exchange of information on best practices and development and compliance with harmonised health protocols for full economic recovery. 

Minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia:

Nikola Dimitrov

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