Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Council of Ministers Minister Zoran Tegeltija and Karadakan Babakan Dritan Abazovic addressed the joint press conference after the summit they attended.
Serbian President Vucic said that the summit in question was productive and that it was important to maintain the peace between the countries in the region.
Stating that this issue will be very challenging, Vucic said, “As the Western Balkan countries, we will request assistance from the European Union (EU) in the field of energy.” said.
Albanian Father Rama, on the other hand, noted that instead of wars, conflicts and problems at the summit, good relations between the countries in question were discussed and he expressed his satisfaction with this situation.
Babakan Rama emphasized that they signed various agreements within the scope of the Ak Balkan Initiative summit and that the signed agreements are important in terms of facilitating the lives of the peoples of the country in question.
Noting that his country was able to reach the Kovid-19 alerts from Turkey during the epidemic process, Rama said, “I hope the EU will not make the same mistake it made to us during the epidemic period. The EU just distributed the networks to its own members.” he residence.
North Macedonia’s Father, Kovacevski, on the other hand, highlighted the importance that today has created for the region and thanked everyone who supported the organization of the summit.
Emphasizing the importance of acting together, Kovacevski said, “In this way, if we act in unity, we can attract more investors to the region.” used the phrase
Minister Tegeltija of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina said, “I am sorry that Bosnia and Herzegovina is not part of the Open Balkan Initiative.” said.
Karada Babakan Abazovic pointed out the importance of this summit for the region, and stated that all the issues discussed within the scope of the summit are about improving the living standards of the citizens living in the countries of the region.
Within the scope of the summit, agreements and cooperation protocols were signed between Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania in the fields of higher education, tourism, culture, trade and taxation.
– AIK BALKAN GRM
The regional initiative, which was founded by the Western Balkan Countries of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia and was known as “Mini Schengen” in the public at that time, was first introduced on October 10, 2019 in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia with the participation of the leaders of the country.
The leaders of these countries announced in July 2021 that they are calling the regional initiative known as “Mini Schengen” as “Open Balkan”. In addition to increasing regional cooperation, the initiative aims to assist the European integration of the countries of the region.
Previously, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the Land and Kosovo refused to participate in the initiative, while Kosovo remained the only country that refused to be a part of the initiative.