Former Foreign and Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs of North Macedonia

Nikola Dimitrov is a Macedonian diplomat, think tanker and activist politician, committed to a democratic Western Balkans governed by the rule of law and the completion of the EU.

After serving as National security adviser to late President Trajkovski in the trying crisis in 2001, he was appointed as ambassador to the US, when he also became the chief negotiator on the name issue with Greece. He also served as ambassador in The Hague and a co-agent before the ICJ. Leaving diplomatic service, he joined The Hague Institute for Global Justice as its Distinguished Fellow. As Foreign Minister of North Macedonia (2017-2020) he was the chief negotiator of the Prespa Agreement, paving the way for NATO membership and GAC’s decision to open accession talks with North Macedonia (2020). Dimitrov was elected as a member of Parliament in 2020, moving on to be Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, a duty he held until January 2022. He obtained a Master of Law Degree at the University of Cambridge in 1998, graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. Dimitrov is a council member of the ECFR.


Areas of expertise:

European integration, Western Balkans, democracy, rule of law, minority rights, geopolitics, settlement of international disputes


English, Macedonian, BCSM