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FYR of Macedonia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

There are no exact strict government programmes to support trans-national intercultural dialogue, but certain programmes are channelled via the Ministry of Culture or intergovernmental organisations. The Ministry of Culture supports specific trans-national activities for young people or youth groups, through funds available for travel grants, language or cross-cultural training courses.

The Treaty for good neighbourly relations (2017) with Bulgaria and the Final Agreement for the Settlement of the Name Issue (2018) with Greece are a serious step towards intercultural dialogue and co-operation.

The Final Agreement for Settlement of the Name Issue in article 14.8 points out that “The Parties shall support the broadening of tourist exchanges, and the development of their cooperation in the fields of alternative tourism, including cultural, religious, educational, medical, and athletic tourism and shall cooperate in improving and promoting business and tourist travel between them”. Article 8.2 and 8.3 are important for referring to some aspects of the controversial project “Skopje 2014”, saying that:

“2. Within six months following the entry into force of this Agreement, the Second Party shall review the status of monuments, public buildings and infrastructures on its territory, and insofar as they refer in any way to ancient Hellenic history and civilization constituting an integral component of the historic or cultural patrimony of the First Party, shall take appropriate corrective action to effectively address the issue and ensure respect for the said patrimony.

3. The Second Party shall not use again in any way and in all its forms the symbol formerly displayed on its former national flag. Within six months of the entry into force of this Agreement, the Second Party shall proceed to the removal of the symbol displayed on its former national flag from all public sites and public usage on its territory. Archaeological do not fall within the scope of this provision.”

Chapter published: 06-02-2019

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