Eighteenth EU-North Macedonia Subcommittee on Innovation, Information Society and Social Policy

The 18th meeting of the Subcommittee on Innovation, Information Society and Social Policy was held on April 28th 2022 in the Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission, and the same was chaired by the Minister of Information Society and Administration on behalf of the Republic of North Macedonia Admirim Aliti, and on behalf of the European Commission, Alberto Camara, Deputy Head of the Department for Albania and North Macedonia,

Representatives of the relevant institutions reported on the progress of the Republic of North Macedonia in the areas of: education and culture, information society and media, social policy and employment and research and innovation policy.

In his opening remarks, Minister Aliti expressed his gratitude to the representatives of the EC, other European institutions and the institutions of our country, stressing therein that the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia remains committed to implementing key reforms and organizing an effective accession dialogue with the European Union. The integration process of the Republic of North Macedonia into the EU remains a strategic priority for the development, stability and prosperity of the country.

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The Commission acknowledged the efforts of the authorities in North Macedonia to overcome the effects of the pandemic on the labor market, as well as the education and cultural sectors, especially in relation to the most vulnerable groups. They underlined the need to increase financial allocation for employment, social protection, education, research and innovation policies and the important role of digital technologies in supporting the economy and mitigating the effects of the pandemic.

Among other things, the Commission welcomed the significant work done in the field of cyber security and encouraged the authorities in North Macedonia to adopt the delayed National ICT Strategy. The Commission also underlined that North Macedonia needs to harmonize its legislation with the EU Electronic Communications Code, the EU Broadband Cost Reduction Directive and the Network and Information Security Directive (NIS).

The key findings and conclusions of this 18th meeting will be a priority for the stakeholders in the process of executing their obligations and bringing the country closer to the European integration processes.