Bulgaria continues to frustrate Macedonia’s EU accession

Bulgaria continues to frustrate Macedonia’s EU accession

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is compelled to again condemn Bulgaria’s continued attempts to veto Macedonia’s European Union (EU) accession, in return for concessions on its national identity, history, and language. Bulgaria recently blocked Macedonia’s signing of a border management agreement. Then Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov threatened to dismantle World War II monuments in Macedonia that are in memory…

Macedonia Needs to Center its Focus on Implementing a National Census

Macedonia Needs to Center its Focus on Implementing a National Census

October 20th is World Statistics Day. Built around celebrating the important role of statistics, the United Nations theme this year is “Connecting the world with data we can trust.” As United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) celebrates World Statistics Day, it also highlights the paramount importance of conducting a Macedonian National Census. A Macedonian National Census has been absent in the country…

UMD Denounces Bulgaria’s Inflammatory Demands of Macedonia

UMD Denounces Bulgaria’s Inflammatory Demands of Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) vehemently rejects Bulgaria’s objectionable demands of Macedonia, as a precondition to EU accession. Krasimir Karakachanov, Bulgaria’s Defense Minister, has stated that Macedonia agreed to change the flag, to change the country’s name, and will also agree to change its history, in return for Bulgaria’s support for its EU accession progress. The Bulgarian state has also…

UMD: Defense Minister Sekerinska Dishonors Memory of 2001 Terrorism Victims via Photo Op

UMD: Defense Minister Sekerinska Dishonors Memory of 2001 Terrorism Victims via Photo Op

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) issued the following statement today in response to Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska photographed in front of UCK* emblem in the office of the Kicevo Mayor: “Defense Minister Sekerinska’s actions are appalling and inappropriate. The 2001 conflict in Macedonia was nothing but an act of terrorism and aggression by the separatist…

UMD Hails ECHR Rulings Concerning Human Rights Violations by Bulgaria

UMD Hails ECHR Rulings Concerning Human Rights Violations by Bulgaria

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) hails today’s two decisive rulings of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg against Bulgaria in violation of Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. ECHR has been one of the rare institutions that continue to shed light on Bulgaria’s human…

Bulgarian Member of European Parliament Attacks UMD

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is saddened by the disparaging remarks of Andrey Kovatchev, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Bulgaria concerning the existence of the Macedonian language and UMD’s efforts in the Macedonian diaspora. Mr. Kovatchev’s behavior is unbecoming of a sitting member in the European Parliament and displays overt xenophobia and racism. Mr. Kovatchev’s mindset lays…