The Director of the Institute for Geo-strategic Research and Foreign Policy (IGRFP) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Ambassador Abdulkadar Memedi, accompanied by Ambassador Jovan Tegovski, paid a visit to the CEI Secretariat in Trieste on 19-20 April 2016.
 
They met CEI Alternate Secretary General, Ambassador Margot Klestil-Loeffler, and the CEI Secretariat’s staff in order to fine-tune the idea of creating new initiatives and synergies in line with the goals of the CEI Plan of Action. They also took stock of the outcomes of EU projects implemented by the CEI Secretariat, in particular in the field of transport and mobility and of renewable energy policies.
 
IGRFP is an independent legal entity within the Ministry and pursues the identification and analysis of topics of strategic relevance for the Country at regional, European and global level.
It organised two successful international conferences with the Macedonian CEI Presidency in 2015. One was on EU macro-regional strategies and the principle of all-inclusiveness in their Balkan implementation and one on security issues related to the transit of migrants and refugees along the Balkan Route.
 
During their stay in Trieste the Macedonian representatives also visited the Area Science Park in Trieste, where additional opportunities for delivering research and innovation models to the benefit of the CEI Member States committed to the EU accession process were considered.

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