ABOUT PFD

The Prespa Forum Dialogue (PFD) is a platform created by the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia to enable countries, leaders, organizations, and citizens to build long-term relationships and strengthen partnerships.

Drawing from the results and experiences that contributed North Macedonia to develop into a modern, democratic and multi-ethnic state founded on European values, the PFD aims to inspire and promote good-neighborly relations and cooperation. It is envisioned as a place for exchanging views and ideas on possible solutions to outstanding bilateral issues, thus assisting governments, institutions and the civil society, including the youth, in the consistent implementation of the spirit and letter of the signed bilateral and regional agreements.

The PFD participants will have a unique opportunity, with their discussions, assessments, and proposals, to put a personal stamp to strengthening the stability of the Western Balkans region, to enrich the regional cooperation, and to project a positive image of the region within its European integration and international context.

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WHY ARE WE ONE-OF-A-KIND?

The PFD aims to present itself as a sui generis concept, based on the positive experience of the Republic of North Macedonia in finding solutions for its internal challenges and open issues with its neighbors:

  • the Ohrid Framework Agreement that laid down sustainable foundations for its internal governance
  • the Agreement on Friendship, Good-Neighborliness and Cooperation with Bulgaria as an important step forward in the relations between the two countries
  • the Final Agreement for the Settlement of the Differences over the Name with Greece (the so-called Prespa Agreement) that opened the doors for NATO accession and for the decision for opening of the EU accession negotiations as well as for building a strong bilateral partnership

As a result of its creative and constructive approach and courageous decisions, the Republic of North Macedonia has become a rare and successful model of a functional multiethnic society and an active contributor to building and strengthening good-neighborly relations, regional cooperation and stability.

Through the PFD, North Macedonia will share its distinct experiences in order to inspire and encourage others to adopting a constructive approach in their mutual relations and in the resolving of outstanding bilateral, regional or international issues.

WHY ARE WE ONE-OF-A-KIND?

The PFD aims to present itself as a sui generis concept, based on the positive experience of the Republic of North Macedonia in finding solutions for its internal challenges and open issues with its neighbors:

  • the Ohrid Framework Agreement that laid down sustainable foundations for its internal governance
  • the Agreement on Friendship, Good-Neighborliness and Cooperation with Bulgaria as an important step forward in the relations between the two countries
  • the Final Agreement for the Settlement of the Differences over the Name with Greece (the so-called Prespa Agreement) that opened the doors for NATO accession and for the decision for opening of the EU accession negotiations as well as for building a strong bilateral partnership

As a result of its creative and constructive approach and courageous decisions, the Republic of North Macedonia has become a rare and successful model of a functional multiethnic society and an active contributor to building and strengthening good-neighborly relations, regional cooperation and stability.

Through the PFD, North Macedonia will share its distinct experiences in order to inspire and encourage others to adopting a constructive approach in their mutual relations and in the resolving of outstanding bilateral, regional or international issues.

HOW WILL WE BUILD A COMMON FUTURE?

The PFD is conceived as a platform for continuous networking and communication that will feature, under its auspices, various events in the form of thematic workshops, seminars and roundtables throughout the whole year.

The PFD aims to enable a fruitful intellectual and political debate, through formal and informal meetings, that would generate ideas for processes, practical and possible solutions to open issues of regional and global character and offer an essential incentive to promote and enrich regional cooperation.

Аvery important value of the PFD would be the discussions about the European perspective of the Western Balkans as well as the search for modalities on how to accelerate the Euro-integration process of the region. The fulfillment of the long-term goal of membership in the EU will enable the future generations of the region to live in a European Union that is much more than just a space with a common market and without borders.

HOW WILL WE BUILD A COMMON FUTURE?

The PFD is conceived as a platform for continuous networking and communication that will feature, under its auspices, various events in the form of thematic workshops, seminars and roundtables throughout the whole year.

The PFD aims to enable a fruitful intellectual and political debate, through formal and informal meetings, that would generate ideas for processes, practical and possible solutions to open issues of regional and global character and offer an essential incentive to promote and enrich regional cooperation.

Аvery important value of the PFD would be the discussions about the European perspective of the Western Balkans as well as the search for modalities on how to accelerate the Euro-integration process of the region. The fulfillment of the long-term goal of membership in the EU will enable the future generations of the region to live in a European Union that is much more than just a space with a common market and without borders.

WHO ARE WE SUPPORTED BY?

The main event of the PFD will be held under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Invited and expected attendees include: heads of states or governments, high-ranking politicians and diplomats from the region, from other European and non-European countries, international and regional organizations – UN, EU, NATO, Council of Europe, OSCE, Regional Cooperation Council, local authorities from the three states of the Prespa Region, renowned figures from the academia, business and media communities, civil society, youth organizations etc.