SEE partnership moves forward

March 25, 2014

REC Executive Director meets with Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

STRENGTHENING TIES: Skopje and the REC enjoy a good relationship. Photo: Nathan Johnson

On March 14, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, met with Marta Szigeti Bonifert, executive director of the REC. They discussed REC activities in South Eastern Europe (SEE), as well as the activities and support of the REC's country office in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the field of sustainable development and environmental protection.

Bonifert pointed out that the REC and its country office in Skopje are active in providing grants for project implementation in these fields, for which financial support from Macedonian institutions has grown over the past years. It was emphasised that partnership and cooperation extends across multiple areas, from education on environmental protection issues and the strengthening of institutional capacity of government and CSOs, to the development of environmental policies at local, national and regional levels.

Minister Poposki expressed satisfaction that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is active in these areas, and is pleased that a Macedonian expert has been appointed as regional director of the REC for the SEE region. He also stressed that cooperation between Macedonian institutions and the REC will continue in the light of preparations for the UN Summit on Climate Change, which will take place on September 23, 2014, in New York, USA.