Bushati in Budva: Enlargement process must be accompanied by instruments that help political, economic, social recovery of Western Balkans

In the framework of the Adriatic Trilateral, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati attended yesterday the third meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Albania, Montenegro and Croatia, which took place in Budva. This platform that launched last year, serves the common efforts for consolidating the cooperation in Adriatic Europe, now transformed into Adriatic NATO and for a common action in the interest of a more secure and interconnected region at all dimensions. During the meeting, three Foreign Ministers focused on the balance of the NATO Summit in Brussels, the EU Summit and the Western Balkans in London under the Berlin Process, the improvement of interconnection and transport in the region, and the promotion of cooperation in the field of tourism and environmental protection. In his speech Minister Bushati stressed the importance of the cooperation between the three countries in the integration processes and the return of this region from a security space to a developmental one. For Bushati, “the enlargement process cannot be developed in a vacuum, it must be accompanied by instruments that serve the process of economic recovery and the political and social transformation of Western Balkan countries”. While praising NATO’s Open Doors Policy, the three ministers expressed their support for Macedonia’s membership in the Alliance and praised the agreement between Skopje and Athens, as well as Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. A special focus was placed to the progress and interaction of advancing projects of strategic importance such as the Adriatic-Ionian Corridor and the Pipeline that will connect the Trans-Adriatic line with Croatia through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as cooperation in the field of energy, tourism and the environment. At the conclusion of the meeting, the foreign ministers of the three countries signed a joint declaration.

/Klara Ruci/

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