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Monday, 21 December 2015 11:21

In times when Europe and the World globally are facing modern security challenges of deferent kind, and that particularly affect the region, the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia stay focused on its mission, meaning promotion of euro-atlantics values and the need of integration and its benefits.


For that reason on 18th December 2015 the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia organized the conference entitled: “New security challenges in SEE and the perspectives for the Republic of Macedonia from the membership in NATO and EU”
On this event, the Euro–Atlantic Council of Macedonia once again instigated and made the public debate for the benefits of Republic of Macedonia membership in NATO-EU visible, as well as will put in focus on the reforms which the country have made since now.


Speakers at the event were:
•    Mr. Ismet RAMADANI, President, Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia (ATA Macedonia)
•    Mr. Ilmi SELAMI, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Defence of Republic of Macedonia
•    Mr. Barton J. PUTNEY, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Republic of Macedonia
•    Mr. Tibor VARADI, First Secretary and Political Advisor, EU Mission, Skopje
•    Prof. Dr. Stevo PENDAROVSKI, Analyst/University professor

The event was moderated by Ilija DJUGUMANOV, Member of the Presidency of ATA Macedonia and President of YATA Macedonia


Mr. Ismet Ramadani addressed the participants with a brief elaboration of the functioning and organization of ATA Macedonia and then, he moved to explain how the new security challenges impact on the Euro-Atlantic integrations. He emphasized the importance of regional cooperation and sharing the Euro-Atlantic values. He added that we need institutional, political and intellectual capacity for Macedonia to become full-fledged NATO member.


Mr. Ilmi Selmani began his speech with the point that the individuals are more vulnerable to the new security threats than the States. He stressed that the cooperation between States is more than needed, as well as the cooperation on national, regional and multilateral level in order to overcome these threats. He also said that Macedonia is faced with the same or similar threats as the countries from the Euro-Atlantic area and that Macedonia should dedicate itself to the development and advancement of its defense and security capabilities.


Mr. Putney’s speech was focused on the importance of cooperation between States to work together to counter extremism. He welcomed the progress that Macedonia made by passing the Law to criminalize the recruitment and participation in foreign armed conflicts as preventive measure against extremism.

Mr. Varadi underlined that the enlargement remains key task of EU. During his speech, he specifically referred to the necessity of reforming and fostering good neighborly relations, social cohesion and development of constructive and inclusive dialogue for successful integration.


Mr. Pendarroski’s speech was centered upon the current unconventional threats and the measures that should be undertaken to counter them. He pointed that we all face the same risks and threats, but the motive of the terrorists to attack in the Balkan region is significantly lower. At the end, he referred to the main obstacles and barriers that prevent Macedonia to integrate in EU and NATO.


At the end of this event, the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia, with the patronage of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia organized a New Year's cocktail.




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