12 June 2019 - 12:00 - 13:00
Stevo Pendarovski, Shada Islam

Join us for a ‘Conversation with’ Stevo Pendarovski the newly-elected President of the Republic of North Macedonia. Pendarovski was sworn in as President on May 12, 2019 following his election on May 5. We will discuss his country’s domestic reform efforts, relations with other Western Balkan states and North Macedonia’s quest for Euro-Atlantic integration. 

This event is a part of our ‘Conversation with’ series, which offers the opportunity to welcome Presidents, Ministers, EU officials and other decision makers to engage in a candid conversation about recent political developments and future outlooks.

11.30 - 12.00


12.00 – 13.00

In the last two years, North Macedonia has delivered reforms, put an end to a nearly 30-year long dispute with Greece through the historic Prespa Agreement and also signed an agreement on good neighbourly relations and cooperation with Bulgaria. On May 29, the European Commission recommended the start of EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia, citing the country as a “bright example” in the Western Balkans. EU leaders are expected to discuss the issue on June 20-21. Meanwhile, Skopje is in the process of ratifying the Protocol for NATO membership in a bid to become the Alliance’s 30th member. 

  • What are the key domestic priorities of North Macedonia especially as regards economic development and the fight against crime and corruption?
  • What are the next steps in North Macedonia’s road to membership of NATO and the EU ? 
  • Does the Prespa Agreement signed by North Macedonia and Greece spark hope for other new beginnings in the Western Balkans?

Stevo Pendarovski, President of the Republic of North Macedonia

Moderated by
Shada Islam
, Director of Europe and Geopolitics


End of debate

Stevo Pendarovski
President of the Republic of North Macedonia
Shada Islam
Director for Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.

Patrick Vandewalle, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 893 98 20

This event is exclusively for Friends of Europe’s members, EU institution representatives and media. 

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