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January 30, 2015

Distinguished guests, I’m honored to be here today to speak about the fight against corruption, an issue that is increasingly vital in Central and Eastern Europe. Looking around the room, I see that we are a diverse group – civil society, government officials, journalists, judges, diplomats – and everyone cares deeply about combatting corruption. We also share profound concern about the people and the future of Macedonia, and are committed to working together in the fight against corruption.

In our interconnected world, the harmful impacts of corruption are global – it is a massive tax on the private sector, which in turn hinders poverty reduction and limits global growth. The World Bank estimates that people around the world pay more than $1 trillion in bribes every year. That’s right, a one with 12 zeroes behind it; a number which is difficult to comprehend. The European Commission recently found that corruption costs the European Union as a whole 120 billion euros every single year. That’s more than 10 times Macedonia’s GDP.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark V. Watkins, Office of Defense Cooperation Chief at the U.S. Embassy
May 16, 2014

On May 16, 2014, the USAID Interethnic Integration in Education Project, together with the municipality of Vinica, celebrated the completion of renovations at the Vanco Prke Secondary School in Vinica. The process of refurbishment, financially supported by the U.S. Government through the United States European Command , created a better educational environment for students and teachers in Vinica, and supports the process of interethnic integration in education.

May 13, 2014
May 8, 2014
USAID and Ecolog Launch Support Fund for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs
March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014 in Tetovo, the USAID Small Business Expansion Project together with Ecolog, an international integrated services company, launched the Support Fund for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs. Each partner has contributed $15,000 to establish the fund, which will help small businesses increase their capacities, create more jobs, and improve livelihoods and lives in the Polog region.

March 28, 2014


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