German Chancellor Angela Merkel has supported the "Open Balkans" initiative, calling it a co-operation that strengthens the Berlin Process initiated by her.
"Dear Edi Rama, I would like to thank you in the role of the Prime Minister that in the first part of the day we were able to hold a bilateral meeting. Relations with Albania are very good, we can expand our cooperation. I would like to congratulate Albania on its efforts in recent years to reconstruct its justice system. North Macedonia and Albania have met the conditions to start membership negotiations. We have also promised that we will be close to this process as much has been invested in it.
As part of the lunch with all the heads of government of the Western Balkans, I had the pleasure that for the idea of 2014, cooperation has turned out to be powerful.
Much has changed between countries and peoples. Heads of government meet regularly and normally with each other which has not been the case. All cooperation in some dimensions is consolidated. We talked about infrastructure projects. We talked about starting the works for the peace highway. Another topic was that at the moment that the countries of this region will join the EU, they will also have the obligations for the climate, the conditions that had to be changed in the region.
There are many opportunities for regional cooperation. I support the regional common market project, 4 agreements. Some countries have not yet joined, today we have agreed that the more we cooperate in this context the stronger the Berlin process will be. "This process does not replace EU membership."