Fragile peace balance, continuous threats of conflict between the two major ethnic communities, i.e. Macedonians and Albanians. Searching for European and transatlantic integration.
Interethnic relations as a continuous issue of priority concern - setting legal frameworks and maintaining peace between the two dominant ethnic groups. Strategic goal: the development of a cohesive, harmonious and functioning multiethnic and multicultural society; affirmation of diversity as best practice, whereas intentional dialogue between the cultures is not perceived as a special instrument for policymaking.
General Secretariat of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia
Sector of Implementation of the Framework Agreement
Support to the Government in realization of the strategic priority related to obligations deriving FROM the Ohrid Framework Agreement that ended the conflict between ethnic Albanian insurgents and Macedonian security forces. This is to be achieved especially through an equitable and adequate representation of citizens belonging to all communities in the state administration bodies and other public institutions.
Commission for Religious Affairs (appointed by the Government as an independent body)
Activities related to the legal position of religious communities and groups, as well as to the relations between the state and the religious communities and groups.
EX for Interfaith Dialogue:
In October 2007, the World Conference on Inter-religious and inter-civilization dialogue "The Contribution of religion and culture for peace, mutual respect and life" shall take place in the Macedonian town of Ohrid (organised by the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Commission for Religious Affairs and the Religious Communities). Other forums and conferences dealing with international peace dialogue processes have been held in Macedonia previously.
Committee on the Political System and Ethnic Relations
The committee, established in 2003 as part of the Parliament, includes 19 members, including seven seats reserved for ethnic Macedonian legislators and seven for ethnic Albanian deputies. The Serbian, Vlach, Turk, Romany, and Bosnian minorities have one member each. The interests of minorities that are not represented within the parliament will be represented by the national ombudsman. The formation of the committee is part of the implementation of the Ohrid agreement.
Peace agreement between the government of the Republic of Macedonia and the Albanian representatives, paving the way for a resolution of the conflict between both groups and setting the groundwork for improving the rights of ethnic Albanians in the Republic. The Agreement also includes provisions for recognition of any language spoken by over 20% of the population as a co-official language of the country, together with Macedonian. ð See web page of the Sector for implementation of the Framework Agreement (http://www.siofa.gov.mk/default-en.asp)
The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
National Coordination of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015 initiative of nine Central and South Eastern European countries.
Ministry of Culture
Bureau for Advancement and Promotion of the Communities' Culture
Provides balanced financial support to cultural projects of all ethnic groups and since 2005 has started a gradual implementation of the employment policies stipulated in the Law on Culture (see below).
Ministry of Education and Science (http://www.mon.gov.mk/) with
Agency of Youth and Sport
Agency of Youth and Sport
EX: 3rd Winter National Games for People with Special Needs.
In general, ICD-related programmes and action happens on the regional and municipal level. Civil society and NGOs also play an important role in this type of activities.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Promoting national values and interests in view of the country's further European and transatlantic integration. Macedonia participates in the permanent initiatives for regional cooperation in the entire Southeast European region.
Macedonian Cultural Centres in New York and Sofia
Besides promoting high artistic and cultural values, the Centres are also highlighting the multicultural and multiethnic aspects of Macedonian culture.