Norway to support the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia in its path to EU integration

Picture of the committee during the event - Photo:Pictures taken by and belonging to the official photographer of the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia
Presenting the support to the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs through the Nordic Support for Progress of North Macedonia Project Seated from right to left: Venelin Rangelov, UNOPS; H.E. Arne Sannes Bjørnstad, Ambassador of Kingdom of Norway; Mr. Artan Grubi, President of Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs; H.E. Mats Staffansson, Ambassador of Sweden; Ms. Liljana Petreska, Technical Staff Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs Photo: Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia

Ambassador to Serbia, North-Macedonia and Montenegro, Mr. Arne Sannes Bjørnstad, announced today the support to the Parliament of the Republic of North-Macedonia provided through the Nordic Support for Progress of North-Macedonia Project that will aim to further develop the existing competencies of the Parliament to engage in successful EU integration process. “Cooperation is key in the EU accession process, because once you become an EU member state you become a partner of many countries. I expect that this process will trigger the macroeconomic growth of North-Macedonia and I hope that this happens as soon as possible,” said ambassador Bjørnstad.

This support is provided through the “Nordic Support for Progress of North-Macedonia” project that is jointly funded by Norway and Sweden in the next two years. The support of the Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs will include technical assistance, specific trainings and advisory services that will help its member better prepare for the EU integration process.

"This support to the Committee for European Affairs comes at the right time. It is aimed to improve institutional and administrative capacities of the Committee itself, both for the members and administrative personnel. For the first time ever, a parliamentary committee is a direct beneficiary of international support”, stated Mr. Artan Grubi the president of the Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs in the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Through this project, Norway will also capacitate other state institutions for the EU accession process, while also supporting local infrastructure improvements and employment programs in North Macedonia. 

Picture of the Members of Parliament, and other attendees from various organizations
Members of Parliament, representatives of the diplomatic corps, NGO sector and media listening to the presentation of the support to the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs Photo:The official photographer of the Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia

 

Picture of many of the participants during the presentation
More than 80 participants attended the presentation of the support the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs will receive in the next two years Photo:Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia 

 

A closer look at some of the attendees during the event
All Members of Parliament and of the Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs expressed their support to the project objectives to enhance the capacities of the Committee for EU accession negotiation Photo:Parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia