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Demystifying the (non)neighborly relations on the road to the EU: The case of North Macedonia and Bulgaria

Key information about the project


Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), Canadian Embassy in Belgrade.

Time frame of implementation

September 2022- February 2023

General goal of the project

The aim of the project is to deal with misinformation in North Macedonia regarding European integration issues, especially developments related to the dispute between North Macedonia and Bulgaria.

Specific objectives of the project

The purpose of this project is to see the benefits and positive aspects of the implementation of the Good Neighbor Agreement with Bulgaria, to analyze certain problems, and to solve them. In this project, it is planned to include university professors, analysts and experts who, through columns and analyses, will give a special review of this topic, which is of exceptional importance in this turbulent period for both societies. In addition, the inclusion of the civil sector, which is a key link in the overall process, is foreseen.


Online resource: The portal www.eu.org.mk will be used. A timeline for the dispute, key information as well as other project results will be published on our specialized EU integration platform. Regular updates on social media activities Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn;

· Information/descriptions on public policies: at least 8 analyzes that will result from the monitoring of the implementation of the Agreement on Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Cooperation;

· Affirmative action to improve relations: 2 online discussions with Bulgarian prominent citizens and activists on fake news topics and future cooperation between the two societies/countries;

· Networking with CSOs from Bulgaria: Kick-off event and closing conference with intellectuals, activists and representatives of CSOs from Bulgaria.


Договорът за приятелство между България и Македония, първоначално предназначен за насърчаване на по-тесни връзки, вместо това доведе до непредвидени последици...

Eurothink held the final conference “Demystifying (non)neighborly relations on the road to the EU”

In the first panel: “The role of the EU in the relations between North Macedonia and Bulgaria” addressed: H.E. d. Jaroslav Ludva, ambassador…