OSCE Chairman-in-Office & Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia

In 2008, Bujar Osmani was appointed Minister of Health, remaining in office until 2011 and in June 2017, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs. Over the course of his term as Deputy Prime Minister, North Macedonia made serious progress in its European integration, while the key importance achievement was the decision that the Republic of North Macedonia start accession negotiations with the European Union. As the head of the Secretariat for European Affairs, simultaneously discharged the duties of a National Coordinator for Distribution of Foreign Assistance and IPA Funds in the country. Under his leadership, the absorption of IPA funds allocated by the EU saw a significant improvement. In July 2018, he was appointed Head of the National Delegation and Chief Negotiator with the European Union, under whose leadership the process of explanatory screening with the European Union successfully started, was carried out, and completed. On 30 August 2020, Bujar Osmani was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia and after the formal start of EU accession negotiations, in September 2022 – Head of the National Delegation. Bujar Osmani started his professional practice as a doctor of medicine in 2004, at the St. Naum of Ohrid Surgical Diseases University Clinic in Skopje, and in 2018 acquired a PhD. He is married and a father of two children. Fluent in Albanian (mother tongue), Macedonian, English, and partially French.