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Thursday, 03 December 2015 15:05

From 17 to 19 November 2015, the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) held its regular 61st General Assembly. This meeting brought together more than 37 Atlantic councils worldwide and was a platform for discussion on current global issues. The General Assembly took place in Brussels.

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Traditionally, a delegation from the Euro - Atlantic Council of Macedonia actively participated and contributed to the work of the meeting.

This year, the ATA Macedonia delegation was composed of:
- Mr. Ismet Ramadani, President
- Mr. Trifun Kostovski, Executive Director of the Business Club
- Mr. Sead Kocan, member of the Business Club
- Mr. Albert Musliu, member of the Business Club
- Mr. Tose Kocevski, member presidency
- Mr. Ilija Djugumanov, member of Presidency / President of YATA

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On the sidelines of the General Assembly of ATA, General Assembly of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association was held. Besides the working part, the Youth Assembly every year held its annual elections, where, Mr. Ilija Djugumanov, President of the YATA Macedonia run the elections as Chief Recruiting Officer for the New Executive Board of YATA International.
Within the General Assembly, on 19 November at the Palace D'Egmont an international conference was organized on topic: COOPERATIVE SECURITY & INTERCONNECTED THREATS.

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Today the security threats are more interconnected than ever. From the East to the Mediterranean and Gulf area, terrorism, hybrid warfare, mass migrations and other non-military instability factors are making our security “indivisible”. Therefore, enhanced “cooperative security” strategies and a proactive and coordinated engagement are necessary to implement timely and effective counter-measures and bring about “common solutions to the common challenges” by straightening peace, stability, and socio-economic development.

The conference was attended by Institutional and Government authorities, along with personalities from the political, diplomatic, military, academic, and economic fields; Officials of international organizations; Delegates from the 37 ATA national Atlantic Councils; Experts, researchers, and professionals; Representatives of the civil society and the private sector; Journalists and media operators.

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The aim of the conference was: а) Тo promote scientific debate about the risks to security by linking Euro-Atlantic and Mediterranean-Gulf regions; b) To raise awareness on the indivisibility of security in the area; c) To enhance cooperation and the exchange of insights between decision-makers, officials, and experts from Europe and the Middle East; d) To endorse the implementation of cooperative security strategies between allies, partners, and international organizations; e) To pave the way to future projects and initiatives on the interconnected threats to the security of the Euro-Atlantic and Mediterranean-Gulf area.

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In addition to the event, the delegation of ATA Macedonia had a meeting at NATO headquarters with H.E. Zoran Dabic, Head of Mission of the Republic of Macedonia in NATO and H.E. Lazar Elenovski, the Macedonian Ambassador in the Kingdom of Belgium.

 

 

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