Central European Initiative


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Central European Initiative,

organization founded in 1991 to promote economic and political cooperation in the region between the Adriatic and Baltic seas. Members include Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Albania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine are associate members. The organization has initiated projects relating to agriculture and small-business development, transportation links among member countries, minority rights, and youth exchange.
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The Central European Initiative is one of the most significant regional multilateral initiatives, formed 25 years ago which unites numerous countries from Middle and Southeast Europe which cooperate in various fields of mutual interest and on political and economic plan.
In 2015 the Republic of Macedonia took the Presidency of the Central European Initiative.
On the sidelines of the meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the Central European Initiative (CEI), Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski held separate meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic, the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Hungary, Paolo Gentiloni, Daniel Mitov and Peter Szijjarto.
Interested potential partners include the World Bank, the Central European Initiative and CSI-Piemonte.
This was the conclusion of the ministers of foreign affairs of the six Western Balkan countries plus Austria and Italy at the working breakfast with their Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki within the framework of the Central European Initiative (CEI) Ministerial Meeting in Ohrid on Monday.
She underscored in her address that holding this meeting which within the framework of the Parliamentary Dimension of the Central European Initiative (CEI) was an important indicator confirming the strategic commitment of the Republic of Macedonia to continuous and active development of good-neighborly relations and regional cooperation.
Additional funding is being provided by the Central European Initiative.
Organized by the Institute for Geostrategic Research and Foreign Policy, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, on 21 May, the international conference titled "European Integration Through Regional Cooperation--The Perspectives of the European Macro-Regional Strategies" was held under the Macedonian Presidency of the Central European Initiative (CEI), in cooperation with Hungary's Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Institute of International Relations of the Czech Republic, with partner support of the International Visegrad Fund and in coordination and with the support of the CEI Secretariat.
Separately, Central European Initiative funding will be available to support project implementation.
The management of the state construction company, involved in the project of investing 10 billion dollars in the road network of the countries of the Central European Initiative, informed President Ivanov about their interest in making investments in Macedonia.
In the context of regional cooperation, he reported about the chairmanship of SEEGROUP, an informal NATO forum, at which the perspectives and challenges of the SEE countries in the process of Euro-Atlantic integration were tabled, and the ongoing chairmanship of the Central European Initiative.
Technical co-operation funds for the preparation and implementation of the project have been provided by the Central European Initiative as well as by the governments of Spain and the Czech Republic.

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