British ambassador and Macedonian minister conclude seven years of partnership in support of reforms of the administration in Macedonia.
On 18 December our ambassador Charles Garrett and the Macedonian minister for Information Society and Administration Ivo Ivanovski marked the conclusion of a key phase of cooperation between UK and Macedonia in the area of reforms of the public administration in Macedonia.
British engagement and support has been in a range of areas from help for drafting legislation and strategies, long-term planning, capacity building, communication strategies, regulatory impact assessment, recruitment and training, management and leadership, and broader issues of human resources management.
In his addressing remarks our ambassador Charles Garrett said:
We all as citizens expect quality services of our administrations. We also expect them to support our countries’ positions and lobby for national interests in international institutions. But often we forget the amount of effort that goes in to building an administration which is capable of this. For an administration, change and improvement are never-ending, and reforms are not easy. They need time, resources, commitment and long-term vision. That is why the UK has been a long-term supporter of the Macedonian government on this. And I am extremely proud of the collaboration we have had.
The British Embassy has been involved for seven years in structural reforms of the Macedonian administration, which is key preparation for the EU integration of the country. Macedonia has been a candidate country for EU since 2005, when UK chaired the EU Presidency, after which followed the incentive to help Macedonia in its key reforms area for achieving criteria for EU membership.
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