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ОМД: Нејасен и Контрадикторен Договор Помеѓу Македонија и Бугарија

ОМД: Нејасен и Контрадикторен Договор Помеѓу Македонија и Бугарија

Обединетата Македонска Дијаспора (ОМД), како најголема организација на Македонците надвор од Македонија, изразува загриженост заради непотполната, нејасната и контрадикторната содржина на Договорот за Пријателство, Добрососедство и Соработка Меѓу Република Македонија и Република Бугарија. ОМД смета дека потпишување како и евентуална ратификација во Собранието на Република Македонија на договорот со моменталната содржина, негативно би се одразил врз македонските национални интереси, но…

Energy Security Concerns and Options in Southeast Europe

Voice of America Video  Lugar Institute’s Summary Summary below by UMD International Policy and Diplomacy Fellows Brennan Hicks, Filip Jotevski, and Brooke Lee On Friday, July 18, 2014, the Southeast Europe Coalition in conjunction with the Richard G. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress at the German Marshall Fund hosted a Congressional briefing on the energy concerns and options in…

UMD: Time for Greek Leadership

In the lead up to tomorrow’s visit to Macedonia by the Greek Foreign Minister and current EU Council President Evangelos Venizelos, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) strongly believes that it is time for a sincere display of Greek leadership on the future of Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration. “It takes two to tango and the status quo just isn’t doing it anymore,”…

UMD Statement on Joint Greece-Serbia EU Press Conference

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expresses concern over the statements made by Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic at the joint EU-Serbia press conference in Brussels this past Tuesday, January 21, 2014. In response to a question by EurActiv whether Serbia could act as a facilitator in relations between Greece and Macedonia, Dacic jokingly stated,…

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…