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UMD Announces First-Ever Director of European Operations

UMD Announces First-Ever Director of European Operations

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has appointed current Benelux Regional Representative Filip Altiparmakovski to the global UMD Board of Directors as its first-ever Director of European Operations. “It is a great honor to join the global UMD Board and to take up the role of Director of European Operations. UMD is in a unique position as the only professional organization…

UMD Urges European Council to Act on Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) urges the European Council to open negotiations with the Republic of Macedonia at its coming meeting on 19/12/2013. Macedonia has been a candidate for EU membership since 2005 and fulfills all criteria to the start negotiations. Taking into account the internal and external difficulties it has faced in the past two decades, the Republic of…

UMD Commends EC’s Macedonia Progress Report, Urges Opening Accession Talks

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commends the fifth consecutive progress report by the European Commission on Macedonia, which suggests that Macedonia should immediately without delay start accession negotiations with the EU. UMD joins the European Commission in urging the European Council to make the right decision this December. In 2001, Macedonia was the first country to sign a EU Stabilization…

UMD Completes Visit to Brussels and Macedonia/ECME Participates in 2013 NPLD Conference

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) President Metodija A. Koloski traveled to Belgium and Macedonia February 11-27, 2013.  While in Brussels, Koloski was joined by UMD Stuttgart, Germany Representative Goce Peroski, UMD Greece Representative Eugenia Natsoulidou, and UMD Netherlands Representative Filip Altiparmakovski.  UMD strongly believes that investing in engaging in high-level diplomacy yields valuable insights and productive outcomes in support of…

UMD: EU Council on Macedonia Undermines EU Enlargement Credibility

On December 11, 2012, the EU Council put the nationalist agendas of Bulgaria and Greece before EU enlargement, damaged regional stability in the Western Balkans, and undermined the credibility of the EU enlargement process.  The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) believes that the EU should be the bridge that unites Europe; instead it has become the divider that deepens inter-regional differences,…

UMD: EU Ambassador’s “Slav Macedonian” Comments Hinder Accession Dialogue

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) sent a letter today to The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton expressing concerns over the “Slav Macedonian” comments made by the Head of the EU Delegation to Macedonia, Ambassador Aivo Orav during a European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting on November 15, 2012.  …

UMD: EU Continues To Send Mixed Signals On Macedonia

UMD: EU Continues To Send Mixed Signals On Macedonia

On October 10, the European Union Commission (EU Commission) released its annual Progress Report for Macedonia’s EU candidacy.  The report includes detailed recognition of Macedonia’s progress in various areas of development, and, for the fourth time in a row, reaffirms that Macedonia meets all necessary criteria for accession negotiations to begin.  However, the EU Commission does not have the power…

UMD Denounces Bulgarian Foreign Minister’s Statements Over Historical Film

UMD Denounces Bulgarian Foreign Minister’s Statements Over Historical Film

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) denounces the recent statements made by the Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov, where he suggests a future Bulgarian veto of Macedonian EU membership due to a Oscar-nominated Macedonian film, which criticizes Bulgaria’s historical collaboration with the Nazis.  The Third Half is a drama set in Macedonia during the WWII period of Bulgarian occupation when Sofia’s…

Cyprus EU Presidency Pushes Greek Agenda on Macedonia

Cyprus EU Presidency Pushes Greek Agenda on Macedonia

 July 4, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The Cypriot EU Presidency Agenda was released on Monday, listing EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans as a top priority, but deliberately failing to mention Macedonia as one of the candidates for EU membership. As Cyprus takes over the day-to-day tasks associated with the EU Presidency, they also announced their full intention to…

Three Years in a Row, EU Fails to Start Accession Talks with Macedonia

July 2, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates Montenegro for receiving its official date to start accession negotiations with the European Union (EU).  Montenegro made significant progress towards achieving the necessary requirements for EU candidate status since becoming independent in 2006.  UMD believes this progress is a positive stimulus for the integration of the entire…

UMD to Honor Slovenian Prime Minister at Upcoming Gala in Chicago

UMD to Honor Slovenian Prime Minister at Upcoming Gala in Chicago

May 15, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is proud to announce that His Excellency Janez Jansa, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, will be presented with UMD’s highest honor – the UMD Goce Delchev Award – at a Gala, this Saturday, May 19, 2012, in honor of His Excellency Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, the President of Macedonia,…