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"Open Balkans" is finalized / The Rama-Vucic-Zaev agreement becomes official

  • 10/16/2021 10:47 PM
"Open Balkans" is finalized / The Rama-Vucic-Zaev agreement becomes official

The "Open Balkan" initiative, criticized by the Albanian opposition and Kosovo politics, is finalized with a signed document. The head of the Albanian government, Edi Rama, the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, and the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation, which has been published in detail in the Official Gazette. The memorandum envisages the strengthening of relations between the 3 countries, especially in the field of imports, exports and movement of goods, in order to eliminate obstacles in mutual trade.

Under the agreement, the 3 states will reduce controls, formalities and the number of documents required, promoting cost reduction and speed in the customs clearance procedure. "The customs authorities of the Parties shall cooperate in order to provide the conditions for the simplification of the transit procedure between them, as far as possible," said the agreement, which promotes the increase of the circulation of food and industrial goods.

The Memorandum will remain in force indefinitely, while the first paragraph states that the 3 initiators will keep open the invitation for their counterparts from Kosovo, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina to become part of the Open Balkan, to improve the lives of all citizens of the region.

Objectives of the Memorandum

a) increase and strengthen economic cooperation between the parties.
b) simplification of procedures related to imports, exports and movement of goods.
c) exchange of data between customs authorities and other authorities.
d) promoting, through the expansion of mutual trade, the harmonious development of economic relations between the parties.
e) gradual elimination of barriers to trade in goods.

/Klara Ruci/