The topic of the conference is “How to have more efficient Commissions for Interethnic Relations (CIR)?” and it is taking place in the Holiday Inn hotel in Skopje.

The opening ceremony with participation of senior representatives of the EU Delegation and the Government of RM is scheduled for 10:00h. Keynote speeches will be delivered during the working part of the event, followed by debates until 14:00h.

The purpose of the event will be to provide an opportunity to share the experiences acquired during the implementation of the MEC project as well as the information of all the stakeholders working on the development of local democracy and interethnic relations. Mayors, representatives of the municipal administration and representatives of the Commissions from 4 pilot municipalities (Gostivar, Debar, Tetovo and Chair) covered with the MEC project will participate at the conference, as well as representatives of other multiethnic municipalities required to have a CIR, and decision makers from the central and local government, ZELS, the diplomatic corps, development agencies, civil society organizations, experts in the field of decentralization and human rights from the country and abroad, and the media.

You can confirm participation at the conference by March 2 (Wednesday) at the latest, online via, by sending an e-mail to or by phone/fax 02/3109-325 (contact person: Frosina Tasevska).