SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*-- The Marshall Center Security Forum – Ohrid 2017 took place at the Granit Hotel, Ohrid, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Aug. 25-29.
The topic of the forum was "NATO-EU Cooperation in the Design of Stability for the Western Balkans”.
The event was organized by the NATO Public Diplomacy Department, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, NATO College in Rome and the host country’s alumni association at the Marshall Center.
The focus of the forum was cooperation between NATO and the European Union in regards to projecting stability in the western Balkan countries and wider. The event was officially opened by Stojan Slaveski, the president of the George C. Marshall alumni in the country. Lectures were also given by a variety of groups including the American Embassy in Skopje, the NATO Liaison Office from Skopje and representatives from regional and global associations.
Bekim Maxuti, the Deputy Minister of Defence in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, also addressed the forum, and he emphasized the country’s contribution in NATO and EU. He also stressed the commitment of the country towards gaining collective membership, which remains to be top priority for the country. Maxuti capped off his speech touting the significance of the good neighborly relations and the regional cooperation between the countries in the region, especially in the area of defence and security.
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.
Story by NATO Advisory Team