The Republic of Macedonia begins the new 2015 with two important jubilees. On January 11th 1995, we established diplomatic relations with Romania. 16 days later, on January 27th 1995 we established relations with the Republic ofMoldova. This was a clear sign of mutual respect and willingness to build a better future for our countries and the region of South Eastern Europe. Following the rich centuries-long tradition of historical, spiritual and cultural ties, and celebrating 20 years of our diplomatic relations, we recall that our friendship is based on three important pillars – the past, the present and the future.
These two decades have been marked with a dynamic agenda of over 40 high-level official visits of Presidents, Speakers of Parliaments, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and other ministers, as well as Parliamentary Committees. They have all contributed to advancing and deepening the cooperation in every area of common interest, including our common European future.
The excellent political relations are the basis for the second, economic pillar of our cooperation. As a result of mutual efforts, but also the mutual positive perception and mood of the business communities, in the past decade, we have created opportunitiees for a notable increase in the volume of trade.
However, there is a room for much, much greater enhancement in the bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of economy, in addition to the fields of cultural and academic cooperation that are permanently growing. Expectations are that extensive exchange of business information and meetings of businessmen from the countries, as well as establishing direct bus line and flights between the capitals, will expand business possibilities and improve economic cooperation. Twining town initiatives might boost economic cooperation on local level, being supportive for increasing of business contacts and tourist exchange. Also, for better prospects in economic cooperation, it is important to have much stronger mutual media visibility by presenting information related to the tradition, history and culture, economic possibilities and business environment in the countries.
Here we come to our third pillar – the future of our cooperation. The current economic cooperation has not reached the level of the political relations between the countries. I strongly believe that with greater effort from all sides, the possibilities for economic would be inexhaustible.
I do believe that our relations in the future will only deepen and improve. I wish the next big anniversary to welcome more cooperation and common prosperity for all of us.