Radmila Shekerinska is serving her second mandate as Minister of Defence of the Republic of North Macedonia. During her first mandate, North Macedonia has become the 30th member of NATO, thus fulfilling one of the country’s strategic goals.
Previously, Shekerinska was Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European integration and foreign aid coordination. It was during her tenure that the country was granted the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union.
Shekerinska was a Member of the Parliament during four terms, presiding over the National Council for European Integration, since its establishment.
Shekerinska was decorated with the Order “Commander of the National Order for Merit of France” in 2018 for outstanding civic merit. In 2005, Shekerinska was awarded the title – Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her achievements and dedication in the field of European integration of the Western Balkans.
She has led two OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the elections in the Kyrgyz Republic and Armenia.
Shekerinska is still the only woman in North Macedonia who has held the position of Minister of Defence and also the only woman to head any of the major political parties in the country (being President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia from 2006 to 2008).
Shekerinska was born on 10 June 1972 in Skopje. She graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Skopje and received her MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA.
She speaks English and French.
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