Zoran Zaev is Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia.
He has been a member of Macedonia’s Parliament from 2003 to 2005, a leader of the ruling Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) since 2013, and a member of this party since 1996.
Zaev was mayor of Strumica municipality from 2005-2016. In 2008 and 2009 the city won the highest national environmental award, while as Mayor, Mr Zaev won the Best Practice Award from the Council of Europe for the first Public-Private Partnership in the country.
He was elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia in May 2017 with a mandate to lead a new reform-oriented government. He also started leading the country towards Euro-Atlantic integration focusing on good-neighbourly politics and restoring the trust of its strategic partners from the EU and the USA.
Since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Zaev has signed the Agreement for Strategic Partnership, Friendship and Good-Neighbourliness with Bulgaria, and in June 2018 he signed the Prespa agreement with Greece for the resolution of the name issue. In July 2018 he was invited to start the accession process for NATO membership.
Mr Zaev, together with Prime Minister Tsipras of Greece, is a recipient of the Ewald Fon Kleist award and the Emerging Europe award for best practice in promoting cooperation, unity, inclusion, diversity and positive thinking. The two leaders were also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019.