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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,…

Croatian-Americans: President Obama – Macedonia Needs Your Unbridled Support

Croatian-Americans: President Obama – Macedonia Needs Your Unbridled Support

May 1, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is pleased to inform that our friends, the National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation (NFCA CF), the voice of over half a million Croatian-Americans, sent a letter to President Obama encouraging his “unbridled support for the Republic of Macedonia’s bid for full NATO membership during the upcoming…

U.S. Official: Obama Is Working Very Hard Behind Scenes On Macedonia

U.S. Official: Obama Is Working Very Hard Behind Scenes On Macedonia

May 1, 2012 – Washington, D.C. – A Special Assistant to President Obama said yesterday that the U.S. Obama Administration is “working very hard behind the scenes” to resolve the standoff between Macedonia and Greece, including the President himself involved in “discussions with key counterparts.”  However, there was no indication of a breakthrough, and no acknowledgement of Greece’s obligations to…

UMDiaspora Expresses Gratitude to Slovenian Parliamentarian Jelko Kacin

UMDiaspora sends a letter of gratitute to Jelko Kacin for his continued support to the Republic of Macedonia’s aspirations to join the European Union.   Dear Mr. Kacin: The United Macedonian Diaspora, a Washington D.C. based organization with local offices across the world, would like to thank you on behalf of all Macedonians for your energy and activism in supporting…

European Commission Recommends Macedonia Become Candidate Country

The European Commission recommends that Macedonia become a candidate country for European Union Membership.  The United Macedonian Diaspora applauds this decision.  Macedonia must fulfill the required criteria set by Brussels in order to set the date for when negotiations will start.  Macedonia must complete necessary reforms in the fields of judiciary, privatization, electoral legislation, public administration, corruption, and organized crime.…