At the meeting held on 24th July, PM Zaev informed the Ambassador about the government’s reform plan and the intensified regional cooperation as well as the strong commitment to ensure independent and professional institutions, rule of law, and better living standard.
Ambassador Suter pointed out that the new government reform plan includes projects of great interest to the citizens, and expressed the commitment by Switzerland to support such projects that would boost the economy or strengthen the democratic capacity for governance at both central and local level.
Handing over the new Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2017-2020 to PM Zaev, Ambassador Suter explained that the Swiss support to Macedonia will have several new programmes in areas such as parliament support, election process and vocational skills development.
“To open the perspectives for youth employment in Macedonia, from September we will start the project “Youth Guarantee” that will enable young people to find employment, internship, or training for acquiring additional competences, after the completion of their education”, said Prime Minister Zaev. “When we designed this measure, we took into consideration the results of the programmes in this area supported by Switzerland”, he added.
At the meeting, it was agreed that the cooperation between the two countries will continue, in particular on further strengthening the economic development, inter-ethnic relations and democracy.