Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia hold talks at Open Balkan Summit

by Cristian Florescu

Leaders of Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia met in Tirana to discuss and agree on furthering their Open Balkan initiative to promote political and economic ties, write

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama hosted the two-day meeting in the Albanian capital with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Their accompanying ministers signed agreements on the labour market, electronic identification, agro-veterinary cooperation, and lifting non-tariff barriers for businesses from which “tens of thousands of people will profit directly very soon,” according to Rama.

The Open Balkan summit is part of the Berlin Process cooperation initiated by Germany and France to promote its regional development. The next summit will be in Skopje, North Macedonia, in February this year.

The three western Balkan countries are at different stages on the EU membership path.

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