North Macedonia, our homeland, is a full member of the NATO – Alliance. The road was long, almost three decades. However, we were determined, we were committed, we were focused. We had a clear social, and also political vision, that our place was in the Alliance.
In 1993, the Parliament adopted a decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, i.e. NATO. After only two years, we became part of the Partnership for Peace, and in 1996, we opened our permanent mission to NATO. We acquired the NATO member candidate status in the now distant 1999.
In 2002, our army started contributing to the Alliance’s mission in Afghanistan (ISAF), and since 2005 we have been a part of the NATO Operational Capabilities Concept, and ten years later we started with our contribution in the new, substantially modified NATO mission in Afghanistan, called Resolute Support.
The Protocol of Accession to NATO was signed on 6 February 2019, and the first participation of a Macedonian Defence Minister at the North Atlantic Council meeting was only a week later, i.e. on 13 and 14 February 2019. This was followed by 2 additional participations the same year, after which, for the first time, we took part in the Leadership Summit at the end of the year, which was followed by the fourth participation of the Minister of Defence in mid-February.
The process of ratification of the accession protocol in the parliaments of all 29 allies was moving with an exceptionally fast pace. The first to ratify the accession protocol was the Greek Parliament on 8 February 2019, while the penultimate was the French Parliament on 21 November. The ratification in the Spanish parliament was postponed because of the elections in this country, and was completed on 17 March.
On 20 March, President Stevo Pendarovski signed the Instrument for Accession of North Macedonia to NATO.
On 27 March 2020, North Macedonia became the 30th full-fledged member of the North Atlantic Alliance. Our decades-old dream became a reality. These efforts were successful. Courage and dedication paid off. Our motherland in peace, security and prosperity. Our country equal among the equals. Together with the most powerful!
What is NATO?
NATO promotes democratic values and enables members to consult and cooperate on defence and security-related issues to solve problems, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict. NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues. Article 5 of the Washington Treaty speaks for the solidarity among all countries in the field of collective defence. “One for all, all for one” – is at the core of the most powerful alliance in the world.
- 1949 – establishment of NATO
- 12 founding countries (1949): Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United States and United Kingdom.
o 1952: Greece and Turkey;
o 1955: Germany;
o 1982: Spain;
o 1999: Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland;
o 2004: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia;
o 2009: Albania and Croatia;
o 2017: Montenegro;
o 2020: North Macedonia.
- Current number of member countries: 30
- Total population in NATO countries: ~ 940 million (12.34% of the world population)
- Total area of NATO countries: 24.52 million square kilometres (16.32% of the total habitable area)
- Total gross domestic product of the NATO member (2018): over 36 trillion dollars.
30th Number for remembrance. North Macedonia is a full member of NATO!