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Monday, 27 November 2017 08:51

On 21st and 22nd November 2017 in the premises of the State University “Goce Delchev” Stip, the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia rounded off the cycle of workshops which are part of the current research project, entitled: “Strengthening the youth dialogue for democracy promotion in the light of the Euro – Atlantic integrations”.

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The ongoing project include a research (consisting of field and online surveys) and organization of 4 public workshops conducted in four cities in Macedonia and two of them were already held in Tetovo and Struga aimed at promoting the results of the research and to stimulate discussion on this important topic.

The third and the forth workshop were organized in Stip (21st November) and Strumica (22nd November) in the premises of the State University “Goce Delchev” Stip.

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During the first workshop, the moderator and coordinator of the project, Mr. Ilija Dzhugumanov briefly explained the project's goal and the importance of this debate for the promotion of the democratic processes in Macedonia.

Mr. Ismet Ramadani, President of EACM, underlined that NATO is not only a military alliance, but also a political and diplomatic organization in which young people are an important factor and of which the progress in a society strongly depends.

Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Barone from the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje, pointed out that integration is of great importance for Macedonia, and especially for the prosperity of young people that must contribute to a better common future.

Prof. Dr Mersel Biljali stressed that integration is primarily of interest to young people and their development, bearing in mind the values that NATO advocates for.

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At the second workshop held in Strumica, Mr. Ismet Ramadani, pointed to the need to advocate for integration in an organized way, and young people to be actively engaged in the Euro-Atlantic integrations, which would mean a guaranteed perspective that would stimulate originality and creativity.

Dean of the University "Goce Delchev" Stip, prof. PhD. Jovan Ananiev underlined that the system would be more democratized if the young people were included in the Euro-Atlantic integration, based on the democratic values and principles that NATO stands for. He urged for the pro-activity of the youth in this regard, but also the responsibility to bring the Alliance closer to the young people.

Prof. Dr. Zoran Sapuric, emphasized that the integration is the only possible way for Macedonia. According to him, NATO and the EU are a guarantee of stability and a prerequisite for relaxation of the relations with the neighbor countries, and the debates are of great importance in these processes.

H. E. Ambassador Danijela Barisic gave a comparative review with the example of Croatia and pointed out that integration is an important process that helps in building strong institutions. She said that changing the approach for reaching the young is more than necessary.

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Col. Spyridon Mylocharaktis, NATO Liason Office in Skopje, underlined the benefits that Macedonia, and at the same time young people would have, if Macedonia becomes a NATO member.

Prof. Dr. Mersel Biljali once again highlighted the advantages of NATO integrations such as the rule of law, equality, higher standard, general development, and more appropriate jobs for young people.

 

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