A CEI delegation composed of the Secretary General, Amb. Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, the Alternate Secretary General, Amb. Margit Weatsfelt, as well as staff members of the Secretariat paid a visit to Skopje on 16-17 October 2014 in view of the Macedonian Presidency with the Organisation in 2015. The main aim of the visit was to draft a vigorous programme of activities to be realised during next year.
The CEI delegation first met with National Coordinator, Amb. Jon Ivanovski, Political Director, Goran Stevcevski and with other representatives of the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Several ideas for concrete activities emerged from the discussions in various fields such as transport, agriculture, culture and human rights. The possibility of organising a fruitful Business Forum was outlined.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nikola Poposki, the next interlocutor, also confirmed the strong interest in the economic dimension of the Initiative. He further reaffirmed the strong Macedonian commitment to the CEI as one of the most functional regional cooperation initiatives in Europe.
The CEI delegation was also welcomed by the Minister for Culture, Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska. She noted that regional cooperation was one of the priorities not only of the Government, but also of her Ministry, underlining the successful cooperation on regional projects together with the Council of Europe, UNESCO, RCC and of course the CEI. In this context, Kanceska-Milevska was certain a number of high-quality projects would be implemented in the framework of the Macedonian Presidency.
Amb. Caracciolo di Vietri assured both Ministers on the strong support the Macedonian Government and institutions would receive in 2015 through the resources at the CEI Secretariat’s disposal.

from left: Min. Poposki and Amb. Caracciolo di Vietri

CEI SG meeting Minister for Culture, Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska