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Day 2

Kosovo and Serbia – Escaping the Deadend

18:15 – 19:15

Nikola Dimitrov

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia

Nikola Dimitrov is an experienced diplomat, think-tanker, and democracy and rule of law activist. After serving as National security adviser to late President Trajkovski in the trying crisis in 2001, he was appointed as ambassador to the US, when he also became the chief negotiator on the name issue with Greece. He also served as ambassador in The Hague and a co-agent before the ICJ.

Leaving diplomatic service, he joined The Hague Institute for Global Justice as its Distinguished Fellow.

As Foreign Minister of North Macedonia (2017-2020) he was the chief negotiator of the Prespa Agreement, paving the way for NATO membership and GAC’s decision to open accession talks with North Macedonia (2020).

Dimitrov was elected as a member of Parliament in 2020, moving on to be Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, a duty he held until January 2022.

He obtained a Master of Law Degree at the University of Cambridge in 1998, graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje.

Dimitrov is currently a non-resident fellow at the IWM, a council member of the ECFR, and a member of BIEPAG.