Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
April 1, 2011


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ASSISTANCE GOALS: United States Government (USG) assistance to Macedonia focuses on facilitating Macedonia’s continued development on the path toward full integration into the Euro-Atlantic community and assisting the Macedonian government’s efforts to sustain economic and democratic reforms to build stability and prosperity. The USG strives to support the reform of Macedonia’s military, strengthening its capacity to contribute to international security operations.

AREAS OF FOCUS:

Peace and Security (P&S)

  • Professionalize the judicial system and enhance its ability to combat transnational crime
  • Support Macedonian contributions to international operations in the fight against terrorism
  • Improve the organization of Macedonia’s military, raise professional standards, and make it more interoperable with NATO member forces

Governing Justly and Democratically (GJD)

  • Strengthen democratic institutions in keeping with NATO and EU standards
  • Build the capacity of civil society organizations to represent citizens’ interests in the reform process through policy development, monitoring of state institutions and engagement with local governments

Investing in People (IIP)

  • Increase the availability, quality and relevance of basic and higher education

Economic Growth (EG)

  • Improve the business environment by stimulating increased investment
  • Improve Macedonia’s competitiveness in the global economy
  • Enhance quality and efficiency of agribusinesses to improve product value

RECENT SUCCESSES:

  • USG-funded technical assistance helped Parliament to successfully organize its first three oversight hearings. The conclusions and recommendations were published on the Assembly’s website to ensure transparency.
  • USG support helped to improve teaching and learning in science, math, and technology through the training of over 10,000 primary school teachers and the provision of over 150,000 textbooks and other teaching and learning materials.
  • Military and civilian leadership continued contributions to peacekeeping and coalition operations worldwide. Training and equipment provided to Macedonian troops has helped Macedonia meet its North Atlantic Treaty Organization Partnership Goals.
  • A U.S.-supported Automatic Court Case Management and Information System became mandatory for managing all court cases as of January 1, 2010. The new system replaced a manual case processing system, making the judiciary more efficient and transparent.
  • USG funding was used to purchase radiation detection equipment deployed at ports of entry and a vehicle for the Radiation Safety Directorate, thereby increasing Macedonia’s ability to detect and investigate radiation incidents at its borders. The USG also provided training for customs, border police and radiation safety personnel in radiation protection and combating movement of WMD.
  • The USG provided anti-terrorism training and equipment to government law enforcement officials helped to modernize police institutions and further the development of a professional, apolitical force.

*This fact sheet does not reflect Peace Corps funding or centrally managed or regional Foreign Operations funding that is not specifically budgeted for Macedonia.