The Netherlands and Macedonia Celebrate 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations
On 16 December the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted an informal reception to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Republic of Macedonia, established on 16 December 1993, with the exchange of notes between then ministers of foreign affairs Peter Kooijmans and Stevo Crvenkovski.
“The Netherlands remains a strict and fair friend of Macedonia. Because true friends will always be honest with you and at the same time will always be there to offer their hand of support. Because we want to see Macedonia as our direct and equal partner both in the EU and NATO” – said Ambassador Wouter Plomp, thanking his predecessors, the team of the embassy and the Macedonian society for being a great host country.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov emphasised the importance of the friendly relations and the support from the Dutch Government in the past 25 years: “We have a friend in the Netherlands that will always say the right things directly. If we do this right, together with our Dutch friends, we will make sure that the Macedonian tulip really starts to flourish in terms of starting our European journey” – he said.
The guests could see for the first time the videos produced for this occasion by Vidi Vaka, focusing on the overall cooperation between the two countries, especially in the fields of economy, tourism, rule of law, culture and cycling.
In the last 25 years the Netherlands has invested over 250 million Euro in support of Macedonian public institutions, private sector, civil society, media, culture and education. Around 30.000 Dutch tourists spend their summer vacation in Macedonia every year, and there are over 180 Dutch companies registered in the country.