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, North 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. According to the CEI Mission, the integration of the Western Balkans into the European structures is a priority of the organisation.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Igor Crnadak will, at the invitation of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, Marija PejAinoviA-BuriA, take part in a meeting of foreign ministers of the Central European Initiative (CEI), which will be held tomorrow in Split, within the framework of the presidency of the Republic of Croatia of this regional initiative.
"Our goal is the further rapprochement of the CEI countries outside the EU with those already inside," said Giovanni Caracciolo di Vietri, Secretary General of the Central European Initiative.
The political situation in the Republic of Macedonia, regional cooperation in the Western Balkans and Macedonia's successful Presidency of the Central European Initiative were also discussed.
Macedonia has a good position to promote these goals as a UN member state and also regionally as Chair of the Central European Initiative. I believe most discussions conducted so far bilaterally and multilaterally indicate an expectation for an increased contribution.
On 15 June Mitov will take part in a meeting of the foreign ministers of the countries of the Central European Initiative (CEI) in the city of Ohrid.
The supports of the Section of the Geodynamics of the Committee of Geodesy, Polish Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic (Centre for Earth Dynamic Research--projects LN00A005 and LC506 and the project of the Central European Initiative 1P05ME781) are highly appreciated and acknowledged.
It formally welcomed the continued orientation of Slovenia's foreign and security policy towards the European Union and Slovenia's contribution to regional stability, in particular through its active participation in the Stability Pact and membership of other international fora, such as the International Demining Fund, the Central European Initiative and the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative.
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, an international conference titled "Migrations and Refugee Influx in Transit Countries: Security Implications" was held on 17 December as part of the Macedonian Presidency of the Central European Initiative (CEI) 2015.
"The Central European Initiative chaired by the Republic of Macedonia wishes to be actively involved in the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda, while its member states are committed to making concrete regional contribution, knowhow transfer and sharing of the best practices through various initiatives for sustainable development, building of institutional capacity and raising of awareness," said Gruevski.

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