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  • SOS resident receives gift from Santa.
    The Marine Security Guard from the US Embassy Brings Christmas Cheer to SOS Children’s Home - December 24, 2009

    In an effort organized by the Marines stationed at the US Embassy, Santa came to visit the children at the SOS Children’s home and to hand out gifts donated by the local and US staff of the mission. This is the sixth year the Marines have organized an event like this in Macedonia and Ambassador Reeker joined in the fun. Marines throughout the world conduct similar campaigns as a part of Toys for Tots, a charity focused on giving underprivileged children gifts around the holiday season.  To learn more about how this all started, please click here.  »

  • U.S. Embassy Sponsors Free Saturday Matinee Film Festival for Children through March-December 12, 2009(PDF-534)
    U.S. Embassy Sponsors Free Saturday Matinee Film Festival for Children through March-December 12, 2009(PDF-534)

    On Saturday, December 12, the U.S. Embassy opened the Novo Kino Utro childrens film series at Cinematheque. The Embassy is partnering with the NGO Nase Maalo and the Ministry of Culture to bring two American movies to younger audiences on Saturdays through March. Public Affairs Officer Ryan Rowlands introduced the series to an enthusiastic full house at Cinematheque. The Festival shows American films and entrance is free reservations are recommended. The Festival began with Finding Nemo and Free Willy with the theme of Life in the Sea. The event included an appearance by a professional diver who discussed protection of the seas, oceans and marine life. . To see more photos from the event, please click here(PDF-622kb). »

  • Ambassador Philip T. Reeker Statement for Tree Day Foundation-December 11, 2009
    Ambassador Philip T. Reeker Statement for Tree Day Foundation-December 11, 2009

    In a short statement for the Tree Day Foundation environmental documentary, Ambassador Reeker notes that to meet the challenge of global climate change we all have to work together. The Ambassador commends the efforts made by Day of the Tree Foundation here in Macedonia under the leadership of Boris Trajanov.  

  • National Conservation Center Honors U.S. Embassy for Contributions to Cultural Heritage in Macedonia-December 10, 2009
    National Conservation Center Honors U.S. Embassy for Contributions to Cultural Heritage in Macedonia-December 10, 2009

    The National Conservation Center of the Republic of Macedonia celebrated its 60th Anniversary in a reception at the Hotel Continental in Skopje on December 10. Director Bexhihudin Shehapi honored the NCCs founders and partners for their contributions to the work of the NCC over the last six decades. Cultural Attaché John Surface accepted an award for the U.S. Embassys contributions to Macedonia rich cultural heritage, highlighting the role of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation in restoration work at the Peribleptos Church in Ohrid and the Daut Pasha Hamam in Skopje. Large Photo »

  • 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign/Op-Ed Piece by U.S. Ambassador Philip T. Reeker-December 9, 2009
    16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign/Op-Ed Piece by U.S. Ambassador Philip T. Reeker-December 9, 2009

    In support of the global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Ambassador Reeker wrote an op-ed for Macedonian weekly Tea Moderna. In the column, the Ambassador outlines the efforts of the U.S. government to combat violence against women, stressing the importance of addressing this international problem that requires an international solution. "Violence based on gender difference is not just a female issue, it is a global challenge to human rights and security in general,” noted Ambassador Reeker. Amb. Philip T. Reeker's Biography »

  • The Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan
    The Way Forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    On December 1, President Barack Obama spoke to cadets at West Point and outlined the United States’ strategy to target Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In committing to send 30,000 additional troops to serve, he indicated why this action was important not only for the United States but also for global security.  To see a fact sheet about the increased United States engagement, please click here.  »

  • To read excerpts from the speech, please click here.

     To watch the full video of his address, please click here.  »

  • Alumni Reception at the U.S. Embassy Skopje
    Alumni Reception at the U.S. Embassy Skopje

    On November 18, 2009, the U.S. Embassy hosted several hundred Alumni of U.S. exchange and study programs. The Reception was held in the Embassy Atrium was attended by Macedonian Minister for Education and Science, Nikola Todorov. In the 18 years since Macedonia declared independence, nearly one thousand citizens of Macedonia have been on an exchange or study program. Many of these Alumni are leaders in their fields with great promise and potential. The Embassy sees these Alumni as the leaders of today and of tomorrow and the embodiment of our Declaration of Strategic Partnership. To see a short Embassy video product about this event, please visit our Embassy video channel. »

  • Ambassador Reeker Swears-In the Fourteenth Group of Peace Corps Volunteers on Thanksgiving Day-November 26, 2009
    Ambassador Reeker Swears-In the Fourteenth Group of Peace Corps Volunteers on Thanksgiving Day-November 26, 2009

    On Thanksgiving Day, U.S. Ambassador Philip T. Reeker joined Peace Corps Country Director Stephen Kutzy, Education Minister Nikola Todorov and other friends of the United States for a swearing-in ceremony of the fourteenth group of Peace Corps volunteers in the Republic of Macedonia. After giving their oath, the thirty-seven new volunteers officially began their two-year service assignments which will place them in communities throughout Macedonia. To see more photos from the event, please click here(PDF-286kb). »

  • The Red Cross of Macedonia Honors The American Red Cross with Its Gold Medal-November 25, 2009
    The Red Cross of Macedonia Honors The American Red Cross with Its Gold Medal-November 25, 2009

    The Red Cross of Macedonia marked its fourteenth anniversary of joining the International Federation of the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Associations by presenting Ambassador Philip Reeker with the gold medal for the outstanding contribution of the American Red Cross to the people of Macedonia. Ambassador Reeker accepted the medal on behalf of the American Red Cross, and emphasized that the U.S. will continue to cooperate with the Red Cross of Macedonia and support the good work they do. The Gold Medal was presented by Sait Saiti the General Secretary of the Red Cross of Macedonia. He said this was only the second award that the organization had presented and that the first had gone to Tose Proeski for his humanitarian work in Macedonia. Large Photo »

  • Working to Improve the Business and Investment Climate in Macedonia-November 24, 2009
    Working to Improve the Business and Investment Climate in Macedonia-November 24, 2009

    Ambassador Reeker met with Economy Minister Fatmir Besimi to discuss their recent trips to help improve the business and investment climate and to raise awareness of opportunities in Macedonia. Last week Minister Besimi met with several high level officials in Washington, including at the Departments of State, Commerce, and the National Security Council to discuss recent initiatives in Macedonia. Ambassador Reeker attended the Business Council for International Understanding’s conference on entrepreneurship and innovation where he discussed the importance of fostering entrepreneurship to achieve economic progress for Macedonia.  Large Photo »

  • The Fulbright Program competition for academic year 2010-2011 is now open
    The Fulbright Program competition for academic year 2010-2011 is now open

    2010-2011 Application for the Fulbright Scholar program (post-doctoral) in the United States (Non-Degree). 

  • Ambassador Reeker Sits Down with New Albanian Language Weekly Arena-November 23, 2009
    Ambassador Reeker Sits Down with New Albanian Language Weekly Arena-November 23, 2009

    In their first issue, Arena spoke with Ambassador Reeker about a wide range of topics in a visit to the Embassy. To see his thoughts on the Ohrid Framework Agreement, bilingual education and other topics. Amb. Philip T. Reeker's Biography »

  • Promoting Entrepreneurship in Macedonia/Op-Ed Piece by U.S. Ambassador Philip T. Reeker-November 21, 2009
    Promoting Entrepreneurship in Macedonia/Op-Ed Piece by U.S. Ambassador Philip T. Reeker-November 21, 2009

    Ambassador Reeker wrote a column for Koha and Dnevnik describing US efforts to promote entrepreneurship in Macedonia and how this can positively impact the economy. To see the text of his column. Amb. Philip T. Reeker's Biography »

  • Alumni Energized by Gala Reception in Embassy Atrium-November 18, 2009
    Alumni Energized by Gala Reception in Embassy Atrium-November 18, 2009

    In cooperation with the Macedonian-American Alumni Association, the Embassy welcomed several hundred Alumni of U.S. exchange and study programs to a large reception in the Embassy Atrium. Ambassador Reeker praised their accomplishments and contributions to Macedonia, indicating that the exchanges represent America’s most important investment in the future of Macedonia – in its people and its leaders. Ambassador Reeker noted that State Department exchange programs have included a remarkable cross-section of Macedonia’s rich and diverse society and affirmed that, “of the one billion dollars we have spent in assistance since Macedonia declared independence, I am certain that nothing has had more long-term impact than our training, education and exchange programs.” To see more photos from the event, please click here(PDF-814kb). »

  • The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation: Preserving the Holy Mother of God “Peribleptos” Church in Ohrid-October 29, 2009
    The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation: Preserving the Holy Mother of God “Peribleptos” Church in Ohrid-October 29, 2009

    Ambassador Reeker and Minister of Culture Kancheska-Milevska signed an agreement for the preservation and restoration of the Peribleptos Church, its architecture and its frescoes. Through a U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grant, The State Department will be contributing $650,000 to restoration for the Church. This program is used to fund cultural heritage preservation projects around the world. Embassy Skopje was one of only three U.S. Embassies to win the award this year. This significant contribution is a powerful sign of our Strategic Partnership with Macedonia and our joint efforts to preserve its cultural heritage. President Ivanov joined Ambassador Reeker and Minister of Culture Kancheska-Milevska in giving remarks at the House of Robevci for the signing of this historic agreeement. To see more photos from the event, please click here(PDF-777kb). »

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  • Remembering 9/11 by Giving Back to the Community-A Day of Service: Community Blood and Food Drive
    Remembering 9/11 by Giving Back to the Community-A Day of Service: Community Blood and Food Drive

    On October 21st the US Embassy partnered with the Skopje Red Cross to collect blood, food and financial donations for the citizens of Macedonia. President Barack Obama provided the impetus for this event when he asked embassies worldwide to organize an action where diverse religious, ethnic and racial groups would come together to work towards a common cause. He believed this would be the best way to honor the victims of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. As a result of this event, more than 100 people volunteered to donate blood. In addition, the Red Cross received food and funding which they will use to provide for families during the coming winter. When addressing volunteers and participants, Ambassador Reeker stressed that events like this show us what is possible when we put aside our differences and focus on the things that unite us. The Embassy would like to thank those that joined us on October 21st and encourage those who could not to visit one of the Red Cross offices and make a donation. Collectively we can address any challenge we face but we all must do our part. Large Photo »

  • To see Ambassador Reeker’s speech (WMV-size 6.27MB) at the event, please click here

     To see a short Embassy video product about this event, please visit our Embassy YouTube video channel:English »

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  • To see coverage from MTV1 in Macedonian (WMV-size 2.55MB), please click here.

     To see news coverage on Alsat-M TV in Albanian (WMV- size 3.33MB), please click here. »

  • Mrs. Solveig Reeker Opens the New Technology Lab at Veles Primary School-October 29, 2009
    Mrs. Solveig Reeker Opens the New Technology Lab at Veles Primary School-October 29, 2009

    Today, Mrs. Solveig Reeker joined Keith Prenton of the Primary Education Project, Slavco Cadiev, the Head of the Veles City Council, and Principal Asen Prlickov from “Vasil Glavinov” primary school for a ribbon cutting ceremony to launch a new Technology Lab. The Technology Lab will help students in Veles learn basic skills through creative experiences while increasing their understanding of modern technology and fostering positive work attitudes. The students demonstrated how they have already used the lab to create a solar windmill, a robot and computer animation. To see more photos from the event, please click here(PDF-737kb). »

  • Ambassador Reeker visits Saint John Bigorski Monastery and meets local leaders from Debar and Centar Zupa-October 26, 2009
    Ambassador Reeker visits Saint John Bigorski Monastery and meets local leaders from Debar and Centar Zupa-October 26, 2009

    October 26--Ambassador and Mrs. Reeker visited the Saint John Bigorski Monastery to pay their respects after a tragic fire devastated the complex on September 30, 2009. The Ambassador presented a donation on behalf of the employees of the United State Embassy and indicated that the Embassy would look for other ways to support the effort to restore the Monastery. The Ambassador also met with Mayor Argetim Fida and other mayoral candidates from the last election in Debar as well as meeting with Mayor Mazlum Hasan of Centar Zupa. Ambassador Reeker praised the response of all the ethnic communities to the fire and stated that it provided a good example for how different ethnic and religious groups can coexist. Large Photo »

  • Release of the International Religious Freedom Report-October 26, 2009
    Release of the International Religious Freedom Report-October 26, 2009

    Secretary Clinton: "[W]e are convinced that the best antidote to intolerance is a combination of robust legal protections against discrimination and hate crimes, proactive government outreach to minority religious groups, and the vigorous defense of both freedom of religion and expression. So it is our hope that the International Religious Freedom Report will encourage existing religious freedom movements around the world and promote dialogue among governments and within societies on how best to accommodate religious communities and protect each individual’s right to believe or not believe, as that individual sees fit." Report »

  • Republic of Macedonia: 2009 International Religious Freedom Report...full text.

     To see the Embassy press announcement of the 2009 IRF Report, please click here. »

  • Bringing People Together Through Sports-October 24, 2009(PDF-950kb)
    Bringing People Together Through Sports-October 24, 2009(PDF-950kb)

    The US Embassy worked with Integrity Alfa Omega, the Agency for Youth and Sport and several local businesses and municipalities to sponsor duathalons for youth. Kids from Struga, Probistip and Bitola competed in cycling and running races during the past week and joined students from Skopje in the City Park on Saturday for the last race. Both Mayor Ramiz Merko from Struga and the Mayor Koce Trajanovski of Skopje attended the event and cheered on the participants as they ran and biked through the park. Large Photo »

  • Remembering 9/11 by Giving Back to the Community-October 21, 2009
    Remembering 9/11 by Giving Back to the Community-October 21, 2009

    On October 21, the US Embassy partnered with the Skopje Red Cross to host a charitable event where donations of blood, food and funds were collected for the citizens of Macedonia. Several hundred people representing a diverse variety of the citizens of Macedonia came out to support the event. This initiative was the result of an idea from President Barack Obama who called on Embassies worldwide to sponsor a global day of service dedicated to the victims of the attacks on September 11. He believed that we would best honor those that were lost that day by bringing together people from different religions, ethnicities and races to focus on a common purpose. The Embassy would like to thank all of those who came out to support this effort and specifically recognize the Red Cross for their outstanding contribution to this successful event. To see Ambassador Reeker’s speech (WMV-size 6.27MB) at the event, please click here. »

  • To see coverage from MTV1 in Macedonian (WMV-size 2.55MB), please click here.

     To see news coverage on Alsat-M TV in Albanian (WMV- size 3.33MB), please click here. »

  • Ambassador Reeker tours LOGEX 09-October 20, 2009
    Ambassador Reeker tours LOGEX 09-October 20, 2009

    On October 20, Ambassador Reeker joined the Macedonian Army Chief of Staff, General Miroslav Stojanovski, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Wiliam Brown, and other guests for a briefing and tour of the ongoing logistic military workshop of the Adriatic Group countries, LOGEX 09. The event took place at Straso Pindjur Military Barracks near Skopje. After the tour, Ambassador Reeker gave a statement to the media, in which he recognized the Macedonian Army for its contribution to NATO-led peacekeeping missions and emphasized that Macedonia is a loyal ally. He also underscored the continuing U.S. support for Macedonia’s membership in NATO. Large Photo »

  • Kosovo-Macedonia Diplomatic Relations Significant Step for Regional Stability-October 18, 2009

    The United States warmly welcomes the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia, as well as the successful completion of the demarcation of their shared border. We commend the leadership of both countries for their resolve in taking a significant step toward Euro-Atlantic integration by establishing good neighborly relations and enhancing regional stability. We also commend the International Civilian Office for its key mediation role in the completion of border demarcation, an important element of the Ahtisaari Plan. 

  • U.S. Embassy Welcomes Signing of Border Demarcation Agreement-October 16, 2009
    U.S. Embassy Welcomes Signing of Border Demarcation Agreement-October 16, 2009

    The Embassy of the United States warmly welcomes the signing of a bilateral agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Kosovo completing the demarcation of the border between both countries. The leadership of both countries has shown significant resolve and taken a major step forward to ensure regional stability. We look forward to the rapid establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This agreement, as well as the European Commission’s positive assessment of Macedonia of October 14, is a major step forward toward consolidating the country’s Euro-Atlantic future. We wish to extend our thanks also to the International Civilian Office for its key mediation role in completing the border demarcation process. Ambassador Philip T. Reeker's Biography »

  • Supporting Macedonia’s Rich Cultural Diversity and Heritage-October 16, 2009
    Supporting Macedonia’s Rich Cultural Diversity and Heritage-October 16, 2009

    Ambassador and Mrs. Reeker hosted Ambassador Donald Blinken and Mrs. Vera Blinken for a visit to the Painted Mosque in Tetovo to share Macedonia’s rich cultural heritage with their guests. Director of the National Conservation Center, Behixhudin Shehapi, provided a tour of the Painted Mosque as well as the Hamm An in Tetovo. The Hamm An was restored and converted to use as an art gallery with the assistance of a U.S. government grant from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Heritage in 2005. The U.S. Embassy has shown its commitment to preserving cultural heritage in Macedonia, recently announcing a grant to help restore the Daut Pasha Hamam in Skopje and will be releasing news shortly about a major project to restore a Byzantine-era church and its frescoes in Ohrid. Large Photo »

  • Please Join Us for a Day of Service: Community Blood and Food Drive-October 20, 2009(Video)

    In remembrance of September 11, many U.S. Embassies all over the world are engaging in an inter-faith day of service during the months of September and October, bringing together people of all faiths and backgrounds, from within the Embassy communities and the general public, in service to the communities in which they live. Embassy Skopje's Day of Service, in cooperation with the Red Cross of the City of Skopje, will take the form of a blood drive and food drive. From 11:00am on October 21, tents will be set up in our visitor parking lot for those who would like to donate blood. There will also be collection points for non-perishable food items and financial donations. The process of blood donation should take less than one-half hour from start to finish, including registration, a brief medical check/questionnaire from the medical staff of Red Cross, donation of blood, and snack and drink to follow. We hope to see you there!!  o view a video excerpt from the announcement for this event on ALAST TV (WMV file - size 3.39 MB), please click here. »

  • Go Pink! Walk Organizers Honored for Contribution to Oncology Clinic-October 13, 2009
    Go Pink! Walk Organizers Honored for Contribution to Oncology Clinic-October 13, 2009

    The Oncology Ward unveiled a plaque thanking the organizers of the Go Pink! Walk for their donation to the Oncology Clinic. The donation went to the purchase of chemotherapy chairs and equipment for the clinic. Mrs. Solveig Reeker highlighted the Embassy’s participation in the Go Pink! Walk in coordination with the NGOs BORKA and Integrity Alfa Omega. Mrs. Reeker praised the coordination between government, medical and non-governmental institutions as a sign of success for health diplomacy and breast cancer awareness and the Embassy’s strategic partnership with Macedonia. Large Photo »

  • Committing to a More Diverse and Inclusive Educational System and Society-October 8, 2009
    Committing to a More Diverse and Inclusive Educational System and Society-October 8, 2009

    Ambassador Reeker provided opening remarks at the OSCE and USAID Launch of the Policy Paper, “Steps Toward an Integrated Education System.” Ambassador Reeker stated that school is where our young develop their social values, that relations between communities in Macedonia are not a zero-sum game and that language differences must be respected. The Ambassador concluded his remarks with a challenge to all responsible parties to work together to find harmony and to build success for this generation of young students To see more photos from the event, please click here(PDF-409kb). »

  • Investing in Macedonia: Booz Allen Hamilton's 10th Anniversary-October 8, 2009
    Investing in Macedonia: Booz Allen Hamilton's 10th Anniversary-October 8, 2009

    Ambassador Reeker gave opening remarks at a reception held at the National Gallery on Thursday, October 8 in honor of Booz Allen Hamilton’s 10th Anniversary. Booz Allen Hamilton has invested in a wide variety of infrastructure and assistance projects in Macedonia since 1999, including the ongoing Macedonia Defense Reform Project and the Business Environment Activity project. The Ambassador stressed that the “U.S. has worked alongside the Republic of Macedonia through initiatives to implement the rule of law and to strengthen democratic institutions.” The Ambassador also thanked the Macedonian authorities, represented by President Gjorgji Ivanov and Ambassador Zoran Jolevski at the gala event, for their contributions to joint operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Large Photo »

  • Deepening our Strategic Partnership Through Cultural Preservation and the Arts-October 7, 2009
    Deepening our Strategic Partnership Through Cultural Preservation and the Arts-October 7, 2009

    Ambassador and Mrs. Reeker hosted a reception at their home on Wednesday, October 7, to exhibit the paintings in their home as a part of the Arts In Embassies program. The State Department curates exhibitions at Ambassador residences across the world, managing 3500 original American art works, ranging from 18th century portraits to contemporary multi-media works. In his speech, Ambassador Reeker also highlighted U.S. contributions to culture in Macedonia in bringing American artists to perform at the Skopje Jazz Festival and the Struga Poetry Festival. The Ambassador emphasized the U.S. commitment to cultural preservation in Macedonia, noting recent grants to restore the Daut Pasha Hamam in Skopje and the Hamam Baths in Tetovo, and informing guests of a major cultural heritage project to be announced later this month. To see more photos from the event, please click here(PDF-905kb).  »

  • Promoting Technology in Macedonia-October 7, 2009
    Promoting Technology in Macedonia-October 7, 2009

    October 7-Ambassador Reeker joined executives from Microsoft at Vizija, where they addressed participants in the largest business-technology conference held in Macedonia. The conference focused on the latest technological trends and how they will impact businesses in the future. More than 600 participants attended from throughout the region including business and IT managers, applications development experts and Microsoft local partners. To hear Ambassador Reeker’s speech at the conference (audio mp3 file - size 12.1 MB), please click here.  »

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