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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.

December 28, 2010


Start date:  December 28, 2010                 
End date: December 27, 2014      
Project budget:  $4.8 million       
Implementer:   Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.


September 30, 2010


Start date:  September 30, 2010                                              
End date:  September 29, 2015 
Project budget:  $6.7 million       
Implementer:   Education Development Center (EDC)  


February 15, 2010


Start date:  February 15, 2010                                
End date:  June 30, 2014       
Project budget:  $495,960    
Implementer:  Open the Windows              


November 30, 2009


Start date: September 30, 2009            
End date:   September 30, 2019       
Guarantee Facility: $5 million in loans
Implementers:  Savings Houses Mozhnosti and FULM         


November 28, 2007


Start date:      September 28, 2007  
End date:        April 1, 2019  
Project budget: $10 million in loans
Implementers:  UNIBANKA and NLB Leasing



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