Friday, 19 November 2021
A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING SIGNED WITH DCAF IN THE ASSEBMLY
Today, the President of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi, and the Director of the Geneva Center for Security Sector Management (DCAF), Thomas Gerber, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between DCAF - Geneva Center for Security Sector Management and the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, for partnership in the implementation of the Intelligence and Security Sector Reform Programme in the Republic of North Macedonia (2021-2026).
Director Gerber expressed gratitude for the constructive cooperation with the Assembly and welcomed the efforts to improve oversight of the security sector. He underlined that the adoption of laws which established the relevant institutions in the intelligence sector implies complex procedures and is another confirmation of the commitment of the state and the Assembly to democratic reforms. To the satisfaction of the DCAF programme for support of the Assembly, with which the strategic partnership began in 2018, with the signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the project Development of Parliamentary and Independent Oversight, and thanks to international partners such as the European Union, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland, which contributed to the success of the current project, cooperation continues until 2026.
President Xhaferi referred to the benefits of the cooperation with DCAF within the Intelligence and Security Sector Reform Programme in the Republic of North Macedonia and expressed confidence that the Shielded Room in the Assembly will be operational soon, which will fully put into use the procured equipment under the Programme. He stressed that the reforms in the security and intelligence sector are aimed at greater stability, rule of law and security of the state and citizens, and meeting the standards of the European Union in this area.
The interlocutors agreed that today's signing ceremony of the Memorandum is another confirmation of the country's commitment to building strong institutions, confirming the trajectory of reforms and close relations with international organizations aimed at paving the way for the European Union.