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The Western Balkans Summit to be held in Tirana on Thursday

  • 6/9/2021 4:23 PM
The Western Balkans Summit to be held in Tirana on Thursday

The Western Balkans Summit is going to be held in Tirana on Thursday, bringing together the top leaders of Kosovo, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The summit will be chaired by Prime Minister Edi Rama and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi.
The leaders are expected to agree on their EU-funded economic demands, a package of about 9 billion euros for the Western Balkans.

Albania is expected to sign important agreements in the economic sector, such as the one with North Macedonia to facilitate the passage of goods or trade at all customs crossing points, with a special focus on Qafë-Thanë.

However, in this meeting Albania is expected to come with specific requirements for the EU, such as mutual recognition of green vaccination certificates. Also, the acceleration of the procedures for the reduction of roaming tariffs between the countries of the Western Balkans and the EU and the facilitation of the trade and transport procedures with the border countries that are members of the Union.

The Tirana meeting precedes the Berlin Summit in early July.

/Klara Ruci/