North Macedonia

Population 2.1 million

North Macedonia is a candidate country for EU membership. The EU is the country’s primary political and economic partner, and its largest donor and investor. Cooperation and financial assistance covers a range of areas, making a lasting impact on people’s lives, business, and the environment.

 

North Macedonia, with the support of the EU, is undertaking a comprehensive improvements needed to progress towards EU membership, such as strengthening the rule of law and improving public administration. In this way, the EU is working with North Macedonia towards a more prosperous future for its citizens.

Opportunities

Connectivity, Environment

Coal regions exchange programme

The coal region-to-region exchange programme is an opportunity for regions from the Western Balkans and Ukraine and counterparts in the EU to start direct, one-to-one dialogue and to connect with a range of stakeholders. As part of the programme, participants can benefit from opportunities to share experiences including study visits and knowledge exchange, with expert support.

Training courses & educational programmes
Civil society organisations, Public sector bodies, Researchers, Other
30/09/2021
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Culture and youth

Apply for the Global Cultural Relations Programme 2021

The Global Cultural Relations Programme is a training programme that aims to connect cultural professionals from all over the globe. By participating in this training activity, you will be able to develop lifelong skills, increase your knowledge, build your international network, and develop concrete international collaboration projects with your peers.

Training courses & educational programmes
Artists & culture organisations, Other
04/10/2021
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Latest news

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20 September 2021
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€14.2 billion to help accession countries implementing EU-related reforms

16 September 2021
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“The Future is on Tracks” Western Balkans Rail Summit

16 September 2021
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The Connecting Europe Express train arrives in the Western Balkans

16 September 2021
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Join the 2021 European Researchers’ Night

13 September 2021
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EIB reaffirms support for North Macedonia’s green and digital development

10 September 2021
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EU-Western Balkans meeting on fight against firearms trafficking

9 September 2021
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Young people meet to challenge history and shape a shared future

6 September 2021
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COVID-19: EU travel restrictions lifted for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia

1 September 2021
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Works start on electricity interconnector between Albania and North Macedonia

1 September 2021
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Young European Ambassadors celebrate first birthday

25 August 2021
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EU adopts equivalence decision on COVID digital certificate for North Macedonia

23 August 2021
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Vote for the next group of Young European Ambassadors!

23 August 2021
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Eight North Macedonian municipalities selected for EU funding to develop civil society partnerships

19 August 2021
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Journalists in North Macedonia learn how to improve reporting on gender-based violence

14 August 2021
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Forest fires: The EU continues to mobilise assistance for the Western Balkans

12 August 2021
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EU Delegation supports ‘Get vaccinated’ campaign in North Macedonia

12 August 2021
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EU supports workshop on writing stories on war crime victims’ experiences

6 August 2021
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EU cashback encourages greener homes and businesses in North Macedonia

6 August 2021
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EU expertise now available as TAIEX webinars

23 July 2021
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Youth from Albania and North Macedonia break down prejudices

16 July 2021
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EU allocates €13.5 million for civil society in the Western Balkans

13 July 2021
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COVID-19: EU sends 200,000 vaccines to Albania and North Macedonia

13 July 2021
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The deadline for a new call for Young European Ambassadors extended to 30 July

12 July 2021
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YEAs go to EXIT Festival

12 July 2021
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Young people create regional youth agenda for the Western Balkans

9 July 2021
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EU funded PowerUP programme announces winners of Western Balkan Excellence Award

6 July 2021
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Berlin Summit: Western Balkans strengthen regional cooperation and foster closer ties with the EU

6 July 2021
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Team Europe to support recovery of small businesses in North Macedonia

5 July 2021
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The Western Balkans becomes a roaming free zone

1 July 2021
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Western Balkans Youth Forum 2021 kicks off today!

29 June 2021
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The pandemic reshapes TAIEX and Twinning

26 June 2021
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EU-backed Green for Growth invests in wind farm in North Macedonia

25 June 2021
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EU adds Western Balkans countries on its “Green List”

24 June 2021
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EU-funded art to decorates walls of a wastewater treatment plant

16 June 2021
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EU cashback encourages energy efficient home upgrades in Serbia and North Macedonia

11 June 2021
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Commissioner Várhelyi at Tirana Summit with the Western Balkans leaders

11 June 2021
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Report notes poor progress in media freedoms in North Macedonia

11 June 2021
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Innovative Western Balkans tech ideas join EIT Jumpstarter programme

10 June 2021
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New call for Young European Ambassadors

9 June 2021
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EIDHR launches a series of documentaries, “Do We Resemble the EU”

4 June 2021
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Political agreement on €14.2 billion Pre-Accession Assistance Instrument

4 June 2021
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EU disburses a further €460 million to mitigate economic fallout of COVID-19

2 June 2021
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The RCC presents winners of the BALKATHON 2.0 competition

2 June 2021
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Young designer from Albania wins Berlin Process logo competition

2 June 2021
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Training programme for CSOs in the Western Balkans and Turkey

2 June 2021
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Grants for promoting digital agenda for Western Balkan CSOs

28 May 2021
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Open call for storytelling workshop for young people

28 May 2021
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Open call for “Balkan Messengers” training course

28 May 2021
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Over €2 billion from EU to support culture, including Western Balkans

28 May 2021
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EBRD and EU to boost competitiveness of SMEs in North Macedonia

26 May 2021
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EU invests an additional €40 million to help ease impact of COVID-19 crisis

20 May 2021
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Western Balkan Youth Talks: how can the EU connect better with youth?

11 May 2021
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EU Cohesion policy: EUSAIR kicks-off its 6th Annual Forum

11 May 2021
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#EuropeDay – the EU throws open its virtual doors!

7 May 2021
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Commissioner Várhelyi travels to the Western Balkans as first EU funded vaccines arrive

3 May 2021
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EU Open Data Days – Shaping our future with open data

30 April 2021
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EU and EFSE unleash additional €40 million in response to the pandemic

30 April 2021
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TAIEX flagship event: taking the European Green Deal beyond EU borders

29 April 2021
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The EU supports Western Balkans with a new project on prevention of radicalisation

23 April 2021
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The EU and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

23 April 2021
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The Power of a Hashtag – Online Youth Activism Event

13 April 2021
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Balkan Trafik festival celebrates its 15th anniversary online

13 April 2021
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EBRD and EU to boost the competitiveness of small businesses in North Macedonia

5 April 2021
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Erasmus+ brings over €26.2 billion to support mobility and cooperation

31 March 2021
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Jean Monnet Media Award

30 March 2021
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COVID-19: EU delivers medical items to Montenegro and North Macedonia

29 March 2021
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EIB to boost green investments and economic recovery of North Macedonia

17 March 2021
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New Youth Newsroom for young journalists in South East Europe and Turkey

17 March 2021
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EFSE facilitates prizes and visibility for women entrepreneurs in tech

5 March 2021
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EU and UN Women address the violence against women in the Western Balkans

5 March 2021
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RCC webinars on tourism products for new markets

5 March 2021
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Tax responsibility is a two-way street

4 March 2021
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RYCO and EU Fund New Projects in North Macedonia

2 March 2021
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RCC awards six innovative digital solution projects on tourism in the Western Balkans

2 March 2021
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Skills gap growing in EU neighbourhood

24 February 2021
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New Europe Houses opened in North Macedonia

22 February 2021
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European Research Council kicks off Horizon Europe for 2021

22 February 2021
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EU supports vaccination efforts in the Western Balkans

19 February 2021
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EU launches the secretariat of a new initiative for coal regions in transition

19 February 2021
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Belgrade and Skopje candidates for the European Green Capital 2023 Award

18 February 2021
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RYCO and EU fund new project in Montenegro

18 February 2021
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Coronavirus: EU sends further medical material to neighbouring countries

11 February 2021
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Applications now open for 2021 EU Award for Roma integration

8 February 2021
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High school debates crossing borders in the Western Balkans

5 February 2021
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The EIB Group boosts financing for the Western Balkans in 2020

3 February 2021
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EU Delegation in North Macedonia launches new campaign for young people

3 February 2021
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Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) launches the 2021 Social Cohesion Award to recognise outstanding social action in Europe

22 January 2021
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EU Delegation joins global campaign for the elimination of violence against women

22 December 2020
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Happy first birthday, Europe House!

22 December 2020
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The Regional Cooperation Council and UNDP launch Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

10 December 2020
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High Representative / Vice-President Josep Borrell met with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

22 October 2020
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High Representative / Vice-President Josep Borrell met with Foreign Minister Osmani

28 September 2020
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The EU Delegation to the Republic of North Macedonia condemns the attacks against LGBTI activist Bekim Asani

12 August 2020
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Team Europe: fighting the pandemic and infodemic in Western Balkans, including North Macedonia

6 August 2020

Key milestones

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2009

October

First recommendation to open accession negotiations

2009

December

Entry into force of visa liberalisation

2018

April

Commission recommends opening of accession negotiations

2018

June

The Council sets out the path towards opening accession negotiations

2020

March

EU decided to open accession negotiations

2020

July

Presentation of the draft negotiating framework to the Member States

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