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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 13:36

1On the occasion of the launch of the new project "SCHOOL OF DEFENSE, SECURITY AND NATO INTEGRATIONS", which is directly supported by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia and the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia on September 18, 2018 at Stone Bridge Hotel held a one-day conference entitled " : "NATO INTEGRATION - PRECONDITION FOR SAFETY AND DEVELOPMENT".

The conference was attended by Mr. Talat XHAFERI, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia; Ms. Radmila SEKERINSKA JANKOVSKA, Vice-President of the Government / Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia; H.E. Danijela BARISIC, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the Republic of Macedonia; Cap. Gorazd BARTOL, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje; Prof. Dr. Stevo PENDAROVSKI, National Coordinator for NATO; and Prof. Trajan GOCEVSKI, First Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia.

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The first session was opened by the President of ATA Macedonia Mr. Ismet Ramadani who emphasized that this conference is marking and re-affirming the values and principles that NATO is striving for. He also emphasized the role of young people in these processes for which it is of utmost importance to invest in their education and informal education as bearers of social changes and progress.

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Mr. Talat Xhaferi, President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia, pointed out that Macedonia is facing a historic moment when the doors for NATO membership will be opened. In addition, he stressed that NATO membership entails great responsibility and active contribution to the preservation of peace and security, not only at home but also globally.

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Ms. Radmila Sekerinska Jankovska, Vice-President of the Government / Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia, emphasized that NATO integration is a priority not because of small political points, but because of big and long-term political goals. Regarding the global threats and the importance of NATO membership, she noted: "Cyber threats, disinformation and propaganda are another attempt to undermine the foundations of democracy and cause polarization in society. We will fight it harder against this, and it is not wise to set ourselves alone against these risks." Among other things, she stressed that NATO is a synonym for stability, security, and economic prosperity.

Moderator of the second session / panel discussion was Mr. Ilija Djugumanov, chairman of ATA Macedonia.

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H.E. Daniela Barisic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Republic of Macedonia, shared the Croatian experience of membership in the Alliance, stressing that the referendum is a great opportunity for the citizens of Macedonia to express their stance on NATO membership.

Cap. Gorazd Bartol, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Skopje, underlined that Macedonia has made a big step forward in its reforms, especially in the security sector.

Prof. Dr. Stevo Pendarovski, National Coordinator for NATO, sent a message to young people that as young people grown up in the digital globalised world and because the young people always in all societies are at the forefront of the societal change. According to Dr. Pendarovski, the security of the states is the first precondition for economic development. He added that at this moment Macedonia has a greater percentage of support for the Alliance than all its existing member states.

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Prof. Trajan Gocevski, First Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia, contributed to the discussion with a historical overview on Macedonia's path to NATO. According to him, Macedonia, having participated in international missions and operations, has worked out the agenda for NATO membership.

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The goal of the 15-week school is to provide basic knowledge about NATO, including its structure, policies, operations, etc. and the current issues related to the Alliance, but also to contribute to the information and increase of the young staff in the ARM, relying on educational and informational tools. Participants of the school are young people from 16 to 25 years old who will have the opportunity to gain high theoretical and practical knowledge about NATO, security and defense.

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