Kosovo Prime Minister and German Ambassador call for strengthening of the common regional market – Exit
Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and German Ambassador Jord Rohde discussed agreements to strengthen the common regional market established last year between the six countries of South Eastern Europe – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia.
“We hope to reach agreements within the framework of the Common Regional Market (CRM) which treat all participating countries on an equal footing and encourage development and democratization in the region, of which the citizens are the final beneficiaries,” said Kurti’s office said on Wednesday after the meeting.
They also discussed the next summit of the Berlin process between the six countries and the European Union, to be held in October in Slovenia.
The CRM was created in November 2020 as part of the Berlin process – a platform under the aegis of the European Union which aims to strengthen cooperation between the six countries of South-Eastern Europe and their integration into the European Union.
A sturdy action plan attached to the CRM provides for projects to improve the region’s economy, infrastructure, environment and security, with potential investments of up to 29 million euros.
The six countries removed roaming tariffs between them in July 2021, while other agreements are expected to be signed at the next summit, covering travel mobility with ID cards, travel mobility for citizens of third countries and the recognition of academic and professional qualifications.
Along with the CRM, the leaders of Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia launched the Open Balkan initiative. He specifically focused on the free movement of people, goods, services and capital in the region, which are also included in the MRC.
However, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro have so far refused to join the Open Balkan, despite repeated calls from the initiators. They argue that an initiative like the MRC under the Berlin process is more inclusive and more beneficial for the region and each country.