The EU has allocated a total of 664 million euros, or 320 euros per capita, for Macedonia via the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance IPA 2 2014-2020. According to the National IPA 2 2014-2020 Document, presented Thursday by Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Fatmir Beismi and EU Ambassador Aivo Orav, the money will be used for carrying out strategic activities in four key areas: democracy; rule of law and human rights; socio-economic development, education and human resources development; and agriculture and rural development.
Deputy Prime Minister Besimi stressed that the IPA 2 Programme was strong evidence that Macedonia's Partnership with the EU was on a sound footing and that Brussels continued to strongly support the enlargement of the EU toward the Western Balkans including Macedonia.
"Another fact that proves the friendship and the EU's commitment is the fact that this second framework is larger than the previous one. Although the EU is going through a tough period of economic recovery, its member states decided to allocate a portion of the money of their taxpayers to enlargement," Besimi said.