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27 Jun 2017 description

BRUSSELS, 27 June 2017 − Today, the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and the Director of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Michael Georg Link launched a new project to support democratic elections in the Western Balkans.

11 Aug 2016 description

SKOPJE, 11 August 2016 - In response to the floods in the Skopje and Tetovo region, the OSCE Mission to Skopje is providing urgent assistance and emergency tools to the flood-affected areas.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier authorized a 20,000 EUR donation from the Organization's Charity Fund to provide immediate aid to the most affected communities. The assistance, necessary tools and supplies, will be delivered through the OSCE Mission to Skopje.

18 May 2006 description

SKOPJE, 18 May 2006 - A series of seminars for teachers that ended today in Skopje focused on raising the standards of pre-school education and ensuring the inclusion of all ethnic groups.

03 Mar 2006 description

BRUSSELS, 3 March 2006 - The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht, has welcomed the initiative by President Branko Crvenkovski to launch a series of roundtable election discussions.

27 Dec 2005 description

SKOPJE, 27 December 2005 - Improving communication between school management and parents, and raising public awareness on the decentralization of education in rural communities was the aim of a series of OSCE workshops that concluded in the remote village of Urvic, near Tetovo.

04 Oct 2005 description

SKOPJE, 4 October 2005 - The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, will visit Skopje on 5 October.

He will be discussing strengthening democracy in the country and the progress of reforms in key areas relating to the Ohrid Framework Agreement of August 2001, which brought an end to the short conflict in the country that year.

23 Sep 2005 description

SKOPJE, 23 September 2005 - A new project to increase the participation of women in decision-making processes in the country was launched today at a conference of the NGO Union of Women's Organizations (UWOM) in Skopje.

Funded by the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje, the project, "For Equal Opportunities - More Elected Women During 2006 Parliamentary Elections", is supported by the Unit for Promotion of Gender Equality within the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

It will include training courses on gender equality for political parties and a public awareness …

13 Sep 2005 description

SKOPJE, 13 September 2005 - More than 50 representatives from national judicial institutions, as well as local and international organizations working on judicial reform, participated in a roundtable discussion yesterday in Skopje on reforming the judiciary.

30 Aug 2005 description

Skopje, 30 August 2005 - The OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje today praised the Ministries of Defense and Interior on the successful transfer of border control from the military to the border police.

"The final transfer at the border with Albania marks the end of all military responsibility in internal security and an important step in the development of the police service," said Ambassador Carlos Pais, Head of the OSCE Mission.

"A key element of this transfer is that the new border police will be able to develop long-term relationships with the communities …

09 Jun 2005 description

As Skopje prepares to hand over a large number of responsibilities - as well as financial independence - to the municipalities, the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission is working to ensure that local administrations are trained to handle their new tasks.

The wheels were set in motion during the March 2005 local elections, when new mayors and councilors were elected. However, the changes will not really be felt until 1 July, when fiscal decentralization becomes effective and the municipalities begin to take on their new responsibilities.

28 Mar 2003 description

Szeged, 28.03.2003 - Walter Schwimmer, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, has warmly welcomed commitments from four Southeast European countries to continue to strengthen security and the process of democratic reform in the region.

17 Sep 2002 description

LISBON, 17 September 2002 - The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Portuguese Foreign Minister Antonio Martins da Cruz, has welcomed the generally peaceful environment in which the parliamentary elections were held in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Sunday, 15 September.

16 Sep 2002 description

Macedonian parliamentary elections largely in line with international standards
SKOPJE, 16 September 2002 - Yesterday's parliamentary elections in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were largely in line with international standards, concluded the International Election Observation Mission in a statement issued today (attached). More than 800 international observers monitored the polls in what was the largest election observation mission ever deployed in Europe.

13 Sep 2002 description

SKOPJE, 13 September, 2002 - All this week, hundreds of international election observers have been arriving in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, in preparation for the largest election observation mission ever organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

31 Aug 2002 description

SKOPJE, 31 August 2002 - The following is a Joint Statement by the European Union Special Representative Alain Le Roy, Ambassador Ioannis Economou representing the EU Presidency, the United States Ambassador Lawrence Butler, Ambassador to the OSCE Mission to Skopje Craig Jenness and NATO Ambassador Nicolaas Biegman.

30 Aug 2002 description

SKOPJE, 30 August 2002 - The following is a Joint Statement by the European Union Special Representative Alain Le Roy, Ambassador Ioannis Economou, the United States Ambassador Lawrence Butler, NATO Ambassador Nicolaas Biegman and the Ambassador to the OSCE Spillover Monitoring Mission to Skopje, Craig Jenness.

13 Aug 2002 description

VIENNA, 13 August, 2002 - The OSCE Chairmanship notes the first anniversary of the signing of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, which put an end to the conflict in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Its subsequent implementation has stabilized the framework for a peaceful resolution of outstanding issues.

27 May 2002 description

(Pristina, 27 May 2002) On 27 May Radio K began its Roma and Ashkali programming to the communities of Fushë Kosovë / Kosovo Polje and the immediate surrounding region.

07 Mar 2002 description

OSCE monitors are performing a delicate task in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, helping the Skopje Government to redeploy the police into previously strife-torn communities.
The day begins

Every morning at 9.00, a fleet of armoured vehicles sweeps out of the OSCE compound in Tetovo and heads off along the region's fertile plains or up into some still-snowbound mountain villages.

18 Feb 2002 description

SKOPJE, 18 February 2002 - The conflict-torn village of Matejce, located some 40 km north of Skopje, took a major step towards reconciliation last Thursday, when the ethnically mixed local community council reconvened for the first time since the beginning of the crisis. Representatives of ethnic Albanian villagers, who make up the majority of the population, gathered with the three ethnic Serbs members of the council to discuss the reconstruction of the village and the return of displaced people to their homes.