On Saturday August 26, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn attended an informal meeting hosted by Prime Minister Edi Rama for the prime ministers of the “Western Balkans Six”: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia. The meeting focused in part on the implementation of the Regional Economic Area (REA), agreed during the […]
In Friday’s press conference about the Trieste Summit, Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed that “they were prepared to finance projects in Albania.” So, the Prime Minister accepted that our country was the only one that didn’t receive any concrete investment during the summit. A similar situation happened in Albania in 2015, too. In 2015, the online website of the […]
On the Balkans, half a dozen states want to join the EU. But being in crisis, the EU cannot afford any new accessions. Now they want to solve this dilemma with a new instrument.
The idea was born on the Balkans. The current Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić had formulated it: Would not it be practical to unite the Balkan countries in a common economic area? This could be the first step toward EU accession. The EU quickly accepted the idea gratefully. At the Western Balkans Summit this Wednesday in […]
In an interview with Deutsche Welle, EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn commented on the proceedings of the Trieste Summit, as well as the EU enlargement agenda. According to Commissioner Hahn, the EU “is concretely holding negotiations with Serbia and Montenegro, with the others we are still far away.” The idea of setting up a Regional Economic […]
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Prime Minister Edi Rama strongly argues in favor of a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans, as will be discussed today during an EU–Western Balkans summit in Trieste. In the article, he argues that “economic underdevelopment” is partially to blame for “corrupt judges,” “corrupt prosecutors,” and […]
Today, the EU and Western Balkan countries will hold a one-day summit in Trieste, Italy, dealing with three key areas of regional cooperation: connectivity, regional economic integration/private sector development, and people-to-people contacts. Besides heads of government, foreign ministers, and ministers of energy and transport of the 6 Western Balkan countries of Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, […]
Reuters reports that the Western Balkan countries of Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia are planning to launch a project to form a regional economic area, which eventually would lead to a single market of 20 million people. According to European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Vice President Pierre Heilbronn, the EBRD will support […]