Delegation of the European Union to the 
Republic of North Macedonia

About the EU Delegation to the Republic of North Macedonia

12/05/2016 - 12:30
About us - structure and organisation

The Delegation to the Republic of North Macedonia — what it does, what it hopes to achieve and its staff.

With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the EU is represented in the Republic of North Macedonia by the Delegation of the European Union. Under the new Treaty "Union delegations shall be placed under the authority of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. They shall act in close cooperation with Member States' diplomatic and consular missions". The Delegations represent the European Union and serve the European Union's interests throughout the world. There are more than 130 Delegations worldwide.

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of North Macedonia was officially opened in March 2000. The Delegation of the European Union is the liaison between the national authorities and EU institutions. Since the decision taken by the European Council to recognise the country as a candidate for EU membership, the work of the Delegation of the European Union has focused increasingly on monitoring and reporting on compliance with the political and economic criteria for membership of the EU, and alignment of legislation with EU legislation as well as capacity to implement and enforce it.

One of Delegation's key tasks is to inform the authorities, institutions, media and citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia about the pre-accession process and about the EU institutions and policies. It also maintains regular contacts with academic institutions, business community and representatives of the civil society.

On its way towards membership, the European Union provides continuous support and financial assistance in order to help the country in the necessary reforms. The Delegation of the European Union is a contracting authority for more than 250 past and ongoing projects. It also gives support to the establishment and development of a full operational capacity of the structures required for the management of EU-funded Pre-Accession Programmes, supports and monitors national institutions in charge of applying decentralised procedures.

Dear Visitor,

Welcome to our website!

I hope it will give you an easy access to information relating to the goals, activities and institutions of the European Union in general, but also for your country and globally.
You will find here also the latest specific information about the enlargement process and the assistance provided by the European Union.
I very much hope that our website will help you understand better the functioning of the European Union, the European integration process and our work at the EU Delegation.
Please feel free to contact us directly with your suggestions and whenever you require additional information.

Samuel Žbogar
Head of the Delegation of the European Union

Head of the Delegation of the European Union

Samuel Žbogar

Assistant to the Head of Delegation

Regine Schmidt


Deputy Head of Delegation

Head of Political, EU Integration, Press and Information

Julian Vassallo

Head of Cooperation

Nicola Bertolini

Head of Operations 1: Economic Issues, Institution-Building, Cross-Border Cooperation

Freek Janmaat

Head of Operations 2: Section Infrastructure, Agriculture, Social Policies

Virve Vimpari

Head of Finance and Contracts

Veronika Outla

Head of Administration

Michael Mansson


Human Rights Focal Point

Julian Vassallo

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