Radmila Šekerinska


Radmila Shekerinska has served as Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration and Minister of Defence of North Macedonia in three different governments. During her mandates, North Macedonia has become the 30th member of NATO and 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.

Radmila Shekerinska is still the only woman who has led any of the major political parties in North Macedonia (being the President of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia from 2006 to 2008). She also served as a Deputy President of SDUM in two consecutive mandates.

She was one of the Vice-presidents of the Socialist International and a member of the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists. Shekerinska is a member of the Council of the Progressive Alliance and member of Global Progress.

In 2009 and 2012, Shekerinska was the Head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the Kyrgyz Republic and Armenia.

Shekerinska was actively involved in the peace negotiations (related to the interethnic conflict in Macedonia in 2001) that resulted in the signing of the Ohrid Agreement and she led the negotiations on the first post-conflict government. Shekerinska was also in charge of one of the negotiating teams that ended the political stalemate in the country in 2016.

She was born on June 10, 1972 in Skopje. She graduated at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Skopje and received her MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA.

She speaks English, French and most South Slavic languages.