Interest for the commemorative pictures of the Boatbuilders

The World Macedonian Congress in cooperation with the oldest restaurant in the world “Le Procope” in Paris has conducted a poll about the visitation of the commemorative pictures of the Boatbuilders. Before one year, these commemorative pictures were placed in one of the rooms in the restaurant, where Boris Sarafov, Jordan Pop-Jordanov-Orceto, Pavle Shatev and Konstantin Kirkov usually used to meet. For one year, 17.767 visitors were interested about the pictures and in the commemorative volume 338 persons were signed. In the restaurant is placed frame with the pictures of the Boatbuilders with text on Macedonian, French and English language: “In the early XX century, this place was visited by the group of the Macedonian idealists - fighter for righteous social order and democracy in the Balkan and for implementation of the independent Macedonian country as civilization need for united Europe”.
  Best wishes for the Macedonian organizations in Switzerland

The Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Bern, in the name of the Minister of foreign affairs, Ilinka Miterva has honor to give greeting card to the Association of the Macedonian organizations in Switzerland (ZMD) with best wishes for 2005. The President of ZMD, Mr. Nicola Mirchev, received this greeting card on the reception in the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia, on January 24. The ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in Bern, Mr. Mahmud Ibraimi has delivered this greeting card.
  Our culture is a reflection of our country

In organization of the Cultural Center and the theatre “Skrb i uteha” (“Care and consolation”), production “Dion” and edition “Liceum” in the Cultural- Informative Center, Salon “19,19”, the traditional Macedonian cultural meetings “Honor of Dionysus – Minu Ugrinovska” will be held on February 25,26, 2005. The meetings are about the Macedonian culture in Pirin, Rodop, Egej, Gora, Golo Brdo, Prespa and the Diaspora. This year program will be fulfill with folklore, singing, theatre, film, book, exhibits, lecture about the similarities between Homer’s and Macedonian language from the linguist from Canada. The goal of these cultural meetings is Macedonian culture to be united in the spirit of the Euro integration.
  Macedonian baritone – artist of the peace

Boris Trajanov, Macedonian renowned opera singer was appointed as artist of the peace of UNESKO. He is the first recipient from Macedonia for this prestige recognition of the Organization of the United Nations for education, science and culture. “ The awards doesn’t mean to me until now. But, I must confess that this recognition means to me very much. First of all, it means, because of our country and honor that trough me UNESKO has shown to Macedonia”- has pointed out Trajanov.  

In Memoriam

The Professor, Dr. Boris Petkovski, historian of art, has died in the 74 year of his life. He was one of the establishers of the Museum of modern art, first director of this institution and one of the most successful researchers of the modern art in Macedonia. He has participated in foundation of some of the most important cultural institutions in the country as well as in the affirmation of the Macedonian fine art in the country and in the world.

















Macedonian Prime Minister, who participates at the conference on "Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015", made an address on the national strategy for more successful inclusion of Roma into the society.
"The history of Roma is followed by exiles, discrimination and poverty despite the fact that they comprise the largest minority in Europe. But today, when we are striving after democratic, prosperous and united Europe, and the issue of minority rights protection becomes one of the top priorities of the Union, there is no doubt that the Roma status improvement is an issue we should pay special attention to," Buckovski said.
According to him, the experiences show that the traditional approach in solving the minority issues when speaking about Roma do not give the expected results.
Macedonian PM, as MIA's special correspondent reported from Sofia, said that in Macedonia live 53,879 Roma comprising 2,66 percent of the total population, who enjoy all democratic rights.
"Macedonia is the first country that recognized the Roma population as a constitutional nation. The Roma population has actively participated in building the democratic Macedonia. Today, the Roma population has its MP in the Macedonian Parliament and maintaining the present participation in the government at a deputy minister's level", Buckovski said, adding that the only Roma municipality in Europe is in Macedonia.
He stressed that in Macedonia there was no segregation in education as in other countries and the number of Roma population with completed secondary education is constantly increasing and that there were are also two Roma private TV stations, national TV program on Roma language and Roma newspapers.
"Macedonian Government is preparing a special National Roma Strategy that will outline the consistent policy for solving the specific issues that the Roma community is faced with", Buckovski said.
He added that the Strategy is an expression of will and firm determination of the Government to narrow the gap between the Roma and the majority of population in order to promote the real multicultural society.
The participants of the conference signed a joint Declaration on the initiative "Decade on Roma Inclusion", aiming at inclusion of Roma population in the social and economic life in the society.
The Decade will run from 2005 to 2015. The objective is to speed up and scale up social inclusion and the economic status of Roma by: setting a limited number of quantitative national goals for improvements in priority areas and the establishment of the necessary information base to measure progress toward these goals; developing and implementing national action plans to achieve those goals; and regular monitoring of progress against the goals, and adjusting action plans as necessary over the Decade.
The Decade planning is informed by an International Steering Committee (ISC) made up of government representatives, Roma from each country, international donors, and other international organizations.
These activities are to be done in a transparent way and are to include the participation of Roma civil society and international organizations. The Decade is an open process and other countries, including EU member states, are welcome to join the initiative.