Official name
REPUBLIC OF NORTH MACEDONIA
Form of government
Parliamentary republic
Capital
Skopje
Head of State
Stevo Pendarovski
Prime Minister
Zoran Zaev
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Bujar Osmani
Date of establishment of bilateral relations
8 April 1996

Political relations

Political dialogue is focused on both bilateral issues and strengthening regional cooperation. There is a practice of holding sessions of the two governments between the two countries. Together with Albania, the two countries are promoters of the establishment of a mini Schengen zone - four freedoms in the Western Balkans. The level of cooperation in many areas has been deepened and intensified, as well as continuous political dialogue and exchange of visits. President Aleksadar Vučić was present at the inauguration of the President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski in 2019. President Pendarovski visited the Republic of Serbia in 2019. The PM Zoran Zaev was present at the opening of the last part of the highway on Corridor 10 in 2019 in Grdelica. The PM Ana Brnabić made an official visit to North Macedonia in 2019. MIA Dimitrov had an official visit to the Republic of Serbia in 2020.

 

Economic relations

The priorities of the overall cooperation relate to the infrastructural connection: completion of Corridor 10, construction of the gas connection Vranje-Kumanovo (the project is still at the level of the conceptual design, without a signed document of two parties), construction of the railway (Budapest)-Belgrade-Skopje agreement between China, Serbia, Hungary and S. Macedonia) and reconstruction and modernization of the Belgrade-Niš and Niš-Preševo-border sections with N. Macedonia. The project for the construction of the Niš-Štip transmission line was realized, which was put into operation in 2016 (400 KV, 70 km long). The backbone is trade cooperation and exchange. In 2019, the volume of trade amounted to close to 900 million euros (exports amounted to 673.9 million euros, and imports 223.7 million euros.) In the period January-November 2020 exports amounted to 582.6 million euros, while imports amounted to 197 million euros.

 

Bilateral agreements

53 bilateral agreements are in force, including the following:

Agreement on Economic Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, signed on 16 February 2015

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia on Mutual Recognition of Public Documents on Acquired Education and on Professional, Academic and Scientific Titles, signed on 21 February 2014

Agreement between Serbia and Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia on the Protection of the Serbian and Montenegrin National Minorities in the Republic of Macedonia and Macedonian National Minorities in Serbia and Montenegro, signed on 6 July 2004

Agreement between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Macedonia on Social Insurance, signed on 29 December 2000

Agreement between the Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia on the International Road Transport of Passengers and Goods, signed on 4 September 1996
 

Contact information

Link to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Skopje: http://www.skopje.mfa.gov.rs

Link to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of North Macedonia: www.missions.gov.mk/belgrade

Department for Neighbouring Countries and SEE: tel. 00 381 (0) 11 30 68 289, e-mail: osz@mfa.rs