Tag: European Union

EU Council Makes Changes to Website After Macedonians Mobilize

Last Thursday, UMD, joined by Macedonians living in the European Union, and our friends in the European Parliament, wrote to the EU Council with a strong reaction over the use of “Language of the former” to describe the Macedonian language on their website for the Sofia Declaration. The official language of the Republic of Macedonia- officially recognized at the United…

UMDiaspora Expresses Gratitude to Slovenian Parliamentarian Jelko Kacin

UMDiaspora sends a letter of gratitude 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…

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 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…

Macedonia’s Name and Identity Are Sacrosanct – The Charade of “Negotiations” With Greece Must End Now

The Republic of Macedonia is recognized as such (or as “Macedonia”) by more than 135 nations. Nonetheless, for over 20 years, Macedonia has too patiently entertained Greece’s canard that Macedonia should “negotiate” over its name. What a waste of time and precious resources that has been. So, what to do? UMD has the answer: Macedonia should immediately and permanently cease…

UMD: U.S./NATO Full Support of a Stable Ukraine Equals a Secure Europe

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is deeply concerned with the current instability facing Ukraine, especially following the recent annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. During these trying times for the Ukrainian people, UMD strongly urges U.S., NATO, and EU leaders to offer clear and full support to Ukraine, particularly the necessary aid packages to help alleviate the economic burdens,…

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 Promotes Macedonian Language Preservation in Dublin, Ireland

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) Greece Representative Eugenia Natsoulidou attended the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) Steering Committee Seminar, which was held on October 17-18, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Natsoulidou, as the representative of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa, attended the Seminar in an effort to shed light on the dire state of the Macedonian language in…

UMD Commemorates 64th International Human Rights Day

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) joins human rights advocates worldwide in commemorating the anniversary of December 10, 1948, when Eleanor Roosevelt stood before the United Nations General Assembly and declared “this Universal Declaration of Human Rights may well become the international Magna Carta of all men everywhere.”   On this day, UMD calls upon the United Nations and the European…