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The Ambassador of Switzerland Véronique Hulmann Marti has visited the South-East planning region


April 18, 2022


When local governments, civil society and the private sector work together real changes are made on local and regional level. The Embassy of Switzerland in the Republic of North Macedonia together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation over the past few years is committed to supporting sustainable regional development in the Republic of North Macedonia.

This week, the Ambassador Véronique Hulmann Marti visited the South-East Planning Region where she met the key partners in the region and got acquainted with the concrete results of projects funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation at local and regional level.

The meeting was held in the Municipality of Strumica and was attended by the Director of the Centre for development of the South-East Planning region Zhulieta Gjurkova, the Mayor of Municipality of Strumica Kostadin Kostadinov, the President of the Council Marjan Daskalovski and the Secretary of the Municipality Aleksandar Odzakov where they discussed the current cooperation and the future plans.

In the South-East Planning Region, several projects funded by Swiss funds have been implemented so far, which have a direct impact on improving the quality of life, regional cooperation and promoting an innovative approach in providing services to all stakeholders. One of those projects is the project for restoration of the Strumica river basin, whose activities were aimed at increasing the competitiveness of agricultural production in the region and reducing its impact on the environment, through the introduction of modern, agro-environmental measures.

Also, with the direct participation of the citizens of the South-East region in a participatory way through the project “Sustainable and inclusive balanced regional development”, financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, four Day Care Centers for people with special needs were equipped with work equipment, 23 agro meteorological stations were placed, an Academy for reintegration of marginalized people was established and a Common Workplace as a way of strengthening the cooperation with the business sector were established.

The cooperation does not stop here and the Regional Forum sessions of the community are under implementation, whereas priorities for solving this year were the problems in the field of environmental protection and improving the tourist offer in the South-Еast region, which once again confirms the mutual further commitment for realization of new projects which are of interest for the citizens.



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