Minister of Environment and Physical Planning


Name and surname Kaja Shukova
Date and place of birth 01.01.1970, Skopje, Macedonia
Citizenship Macedonian
Telephonee-mail 075 269 936,


1989 – 1995

Graduated engineering technologist – (food biotechnology) VII/1

Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Skopje

Professional experience
from 27 February 2023  Minister for Environment and Physical Planning
October 2020 – 2022  Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning - State Secretary
June 2001 – October2020  Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning - Head of Department for Sustainable Development and Investments
May 2000 – May 2001  Ministry of Environment, Department for Sustainable Development, Project Preparation Unit, Advisor
December 1999- April 2000  Ministry of Environment, Department for International Cooperation, Advisor
February 1999-November 1999 Ministry of Environment,Department of Eco-Management, Temporary Service Contract
November 1998-Janary 1999 Ministry of Construction, Urbanism and Environment Temporary Service Contract
1997-1998 Brewery – Skopje, plant engineer responsible for the production of beer and soft drinks
1996-1997 МОТО TRADE – Skopje
1993-1994 AIVA BEK – Skopje
Foreign languages English (active)

German (passive)

Computer skills MS OFFICE


Key qualifications:


  • Environment management and planning (Project cycle management)
  • Participation in the preparation of legal acts, harmonization with EU, screening process and negotiations
  • Management of the environment in the direction of sustainable development and protection of air, water, soil and natural resources from pollution (in correlation with the policies of the sectors of energy, transport, agriculture, etc).
  • Developing policies, programs and projects in the field of environment and sustainable development
  • Coordination of institutional and infrastructure projects in the field of environment, with particular emphasis on water and waste management
  • Coordination of institutional projects from the sustainable development segment in Macedonia
  • Preparation of work tasks, tender files, analyses, reports and other working documents from the field of environment
  • Moderation of workshops, seminars, trainings, public debates, etc.


Additional qualifications and trainings:          
  • RIP Telecom Program, Training for Project Management and preparation, project cycle, project management, 2001/2002
  • Training in USA, International Leadership Program – US Water Management, 2011
  • JICA, Tokio Japan, Water Management Training Program, 2009
  • A series of local trainings in the field of environmental management, project management, administration, etc.

Realized projects and activities

  • Co-chairman of the Subcommittee for Transport, Energy, Regional Development and Environment, 2021 – current
  • Member of the Committee for European Integration, 2022 – current
  • Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Nature Protection Program, SECO, Switzerland 2021 – current
  • Member of the General Collegium under the Government of RNM as State Secretary, 2020 – current
  • Member of the Coordinating Body under the Government of RNM for Prespa, 2020 – current
  • Coordination of the project for the establishment of regional waste management in 5 regions, in the southeast region, the region of Vardar, Pellagonia, Southwest and Pollog – new information for the Government, preparations for a new loan from the EBRD – current
  • Coordination of the project for the water supply and sewerage systems, EIB loan – current
  • Preparation of loan request to EBRD for energy efficiency of treatment plants – current
  • Participation in the Initiative for proclamation of Maleshevo as a protected area (Swiss Embassy – SECO, Macedonian Ecological Society, Farmachem – Skopje)
  • Participation in the Initiative for the re-proclamation of Vodno as a protected area – coordination meetings for the process according to the reactions of the public following the proposal of the Decision on Proclamation
  • Participation in the procedure for proclamation of Osogovo as a protected area
  • Identification of potential environmental aid from donors and foundations – meetings with Friedrich Ebert, UNDP, UNOPS, USAID – current
  • Participation in the implementation of procedures for the approval of changes in environmental laws a new package of 6 waste laws (sessions of the general collegium, sessions of KESTEP and a session of the Government)
  • Coordination of the process for finalizing the Law on Industrial Emissions, current
  • Implementation of EU pre-accession assistance – IPA – programming process and implementation of IPA 2 and IPA 3, current
  • Management of the Environmental Investment Program 2007-2020
  • UNECE environmental focal point, 2010 – current
  • Member of the Steering Committee, Preparation of Strategy and Law for Climate Action
  • Coordination of the implementation of projects for the construction of a Water Treatment Plant in Kocani and a water supply system in Delcevo 2015-2021
  • Project manager of a project for the construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant in Gevgelija 2010 – 2019
  • Project manager of a project for the construction of a Water Treatment Plant in Volkovo and Saraj, 2015-2017
  • Coordination and participation in the preparation of project series for infrastructure projects in the area of water and waste, 2001 – current
  • Project manager, drafting of the Sectoral Strategy for the Environment and Climate Action, 2014 – 2015
  • Project manager, drafting of the second Review of environmental conditions for Macedonia, 2011-2012
  • Project manager Preparation of Plan and study for waste from electrical and electronic equipment 2009-2011
  • National Coordinator of the Commission for Granting a Concession for Integrated Waste Management in Southeast Macedonia, 2009-2014
  • Project coordinator of a project for the preparation of a National Strategy for investments in the environment of the Republic of Macedonia for the period 2009-2013, 2008-2009
  • Coordinating the process of preparation of a LEAP in Macedonia as well, second phase, 2008-2012
  • Member of the Supervisory Committee and focal point during the preparation of the Wastewater Treatment Study of the City of Skopje, 2007-2009
  • National coordinator of a project on Developing remediation plans with financial scenarios for hot spots in Macedonia, CARDS 2006, 2006-2007
  • National consultant for PCBs (UNIDO), Project: Initial activities for early implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Republic of Macedonia 2006-2007
  • National Project Manager of the Technical Assistance Project for the Development of the Second National Environmental Action Plan, 2003-2005, CARDS 2004
  • Coordination during the preparation of the Strategic Plan of the MOEPP, budget and current activities, 2005 – current
  • Deputy coordinator of the project for the drafting of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development with Action Plan, 2005 – 2006
  • Project Task Leader, CARDS 2004, Institutional Strengthening of MOEPP, 2005 – 2006
  • Member of the body for the preparation of the EU questionnaire for Macedonia, 2004
  • Coordinator of the SIDA/REC project for the development of LEAPs in Macedonia (with the development of a national methodology for the preparation of LEAPs – 2004-2006
  • Project coordinator for the realization of the project for the construction of the Dojran Lake hydrosystem, 2001-2004
  • National coordinator of the project Strengthening the capacities of the MOEPP (capacity building component), UNDP, 2001-2005
  • Member of the Steering Committee, Integrated Management of the Prespa Park Ecosystem, 2000-2002
  • Coordination of a UNDP project on Developing a Methodology for the Preparation of a National Strategy for Sustainable Development, 2003
  • Coordination of the process for the preparation of a manual for Local Agenda 21, 2003-2004
  • Member of the working group SOP 99 – Strengthening the capacities of the MOEPP, horizontal legislation, 2002-2004
  • Member of the Technical Committee for Horizontal Legislation (NPAA) 2003-current
  • Member of the Steering Committee of a project for the preparation of a National Assessment for Sustainable Development of the Republic of Macedonia, 2002
  • Coordinator, Development of the Program for Public Investments, Environment Section, 2000-2015
  • Initiation and drafting of legal acts and regulations in the field, with the aim of harmonizing them with the EU, realization of obligations arising from signed conventions, protocols and international agreements (recommendations given for the Law on Amendments and Supplements to the Law on Protection and Promotion of the Environment and Nature)
  • Initiation and management of projects related to energy conservation and climate change, chemical management and drafting of strategies, studies, analyzes and monitoring in the areas of water supply, wastewater treatment, disposal and recycling of solid and liquid waste
  • Preparation of proposal applications for GEF, REReP, Japanese grants and other donor programs
  • Project EXPO 2000, Hanover – coordination during the preparation of the material for the presentation of the exhibition
  • Strategic assessment of the impact of investments on the environment, with the aim of appropriate spatial planning, through assessment of the impact on the environment of individual investments, and that in a cross-border context, further when making investments by financing them through loans or donations (through Opinions on eligibility of investment from an environmental aspect), giving Opinions on projects, technological-environmental reports, etc.
  • Response to questionnaires (received by various international institutions) from areas of environmental impact, legal legislation, etc.
  • Implementation of the provisions of the Law on Customs, in the field of exemption from customs duties for goods that are directly involved in the protection of the environment, by issuing Opinions.
  • Implementation of the Decision on the distribution of goods into forms of import and export, i.e. issuing import-export permits
  • Authorization of legal entities to perform certain professional tasks in the area of protection and improvement of the environment and nature, according to Art. 11 of the Basic Law on Environment
  • Contacts with local and international authorities, agencies, organizations and associations
  • Preparation of information for bilateral and multilateral meetings
  • Active participation in the work of international agreements
  • Active participation in inter-ministerial meetings
  • Active participation in organizing the pre-ministerial conference in January, 2000 and the ministerial conference in March, 2000, etc.