Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia

RADMILA SHEKERINSKA

Shekerinska_biografijaRadmila Shekerinska is the current Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister. During her mandate, the Republic of North Macedonia received the invitation for NATO membership and the NATO Accession Protocol.

From 2002 to 2006, she was Deputy Prime Minister responsible for European integration and foreign aid coordination. It was during her term that our country was granted the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union.

Shekerinska represented the citizens in the highest legislative body for four mandates (1998-2002; 2006-2008; 2008-2011 and 2011-2014). She was also the President of the National Council for European Integration, since its establishment. She has been a member of several bodies: the Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee on Labour and Social Policy, European Affairs Committee, Education Committee and the Environment Committee. In addition, Shekerinska was a member of the Parliamentary delegations for cooperation with the European Parliament, the Inter-parliamentary Union delegation and other bilateral delegations.

In 2009 and 2012, Shekerinska was appointed as the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the Kyrgyz Republic and Armenia.

In May 2018, Shekerinska was decorated with the Order “Commander of the National Order for Merit of France”. She is the first politician from Macedonia to receive a recognition from this rank from the Republic of France. The Order is awarded for outstanding civic merit, and was established in 1963 by General De Gaulle.

In 2005 Shekerinska was awarded with the title – Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her achievements and dedication in the field of European integration of the Western Balkans. Radmila Shekerinska is a member of the Munich Young Leaders Group established within the Munich Security Conference. She was a member of the European Strategy Forum, the Advisory Board of the Schengen White List project and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

In 2008 she was elected as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Socialist International and she performed this role by 2011. She is a member of the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists which unites social democratic, socialist and labour parties in Europe.

In 1999 she was elected as the Vice President of the Central Committee of SDUM and international secretary of the party. In the period 1995 – 1999 she was the President of the Social Democratic Youth of Macedonia and in the period 1997 – 1998 she was the spokesperson of the SDUM. Radmila Shekerinska was the President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia from 2006 to 2008. She is the only woman to head any of the major political parties in the country.

Shekerinska was born on 10 June, 1972 in Skopje. She completed elementary and high school education in the elementary school “Johan Hajnrih Pestaloci” and the high school “Rade Jovchevski Korchagin”, with awards at city, republic and federal competitions in mathematics.

She graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Skopje in 1995.

Shekerinska received her MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

She speaks English and French.

She is married to Bozhidar Jankovski and they have a daughter Ada.

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