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Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: “Referendum is a historic opportunity for Macedonians” 

Dialogue event in the historic amphitheatre in Ohrid

Dialogue event in the historic amphitheatre in Ohrid, © AA

15.09.2018 - Article

Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth visited the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from 13 to 15 September.

Panel discussion at the invitation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Panel discussion at the invitation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung© AA

After walking together with the Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov through the historic old town on the banks of Lake Ohrid, one of the deepest lakes in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Minister of State Roth and his Macedonian host took part in a dialogue event with members of the public, young people and representatives of civil society.

Meeting young and committed people was also one of the focuses of the Minister of State’s visit to Skopje: the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a panel discussion in Skopje’s old town, in which, among others, the Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani took part.

Referendum: “It is important now to show courage and to look ahead.”

Minister of State Roth used both the discussion forums and the many interviews to call for support for the forthcoming referendum.

Macedonians will be voting in a referendum on 30 September on whether the dispute with Greece over the country’s name can finally be settled after 27 years. This is absolutely crucial for the country’s further path towards the EU and NATO.The country stands at a decisive crossroads. It is important now to show courage and to look ahead.
Interview with the Macedonian TV station TV 1
Interview with the Macedonian TV station TV 1 © AA

The importance of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office RYCO was also highlighted during the talks.

“The prospect of EU membership is particularly important to young people. The RYCO brings the young generation of the six Western Balkan states together. I am delighted that these programmes have been so well received. The Federal Foreign Office is happy to continue supporting the RYCO,” commented Minister of State Roth.

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