TIRANA, October 10
A trilateral meeting between the leaders of Albania, North Macedonia, and Serbia held in the Officers’ Pavilion of the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad on Thursday marked the formal start of discussions on an initiative dubbed as small Schengen. Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, his North Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic pledged to lift barriers to free trade and movement and thus boost foreign investment and economic growth in the Western Balkans.
An invitation was extended to the other countries of the region to be part of the initiative and to attend the next meeting set to take place in Ohrid in November as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Montenegro did not attend Thursday’s meeting. The initiative was informally discussed by Rama, Zaev, and Vucic during the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in September.
Source: local media
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