The Western Balkans Summit will be held in Tirana today, bringing together the top leaders of Kosovo, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Albanian capital. Albania will be the host of the next summit which takes place at the Palace of Brigades.
The summit will be chaired by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi. This Summit is very important as it comes just 2 weeks before the expected decision in Brussels to start negotiations for Albania and Northern Macedonia.
During the talks, the leaders of the 6 Western Balkan countries Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro will discuss the projects in the region benefited under the Berlin Process.
Important agreements are expected to be signed in the economic sector, such as that of our country with Northern Macedonia to facilitate the passage of goods or trade at all customs crossing points, with a special focus on Qafë-Thanë. However, at 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.
Recall that last year, the meeting of the 6 leaders of the Western Balkans took place online but was known as the Sofia Summit and took place on 10 November.
At a summit in Sofia, the Western Balkan countries, which are not yet part of the European Union, agreed to strengthen relations. The state leaders agreed to create a common regional market and also to adopt green policies.
The joint statement said that this agreement was reached “to increase economic cooperation in the region, by developing the Common Regional Market, based on the standards and rules of the European Union, to increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of the region and to bring the region closer markets of the European Union ”.