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PM Duško Marković to attend Western Balkans Summit in Trieste

Published date 11.07.2017 18:48 | Author PR Service

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Prime Minister Duško Marković will participate in the meeting of the heads of state and government of the countries of the Western Balkans Six (WB6) within the Berlin Process on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, at the invitation of the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Heads of governments of six countries of the Western Balkans, as well as the Austrian, German, French, Croatian and Slovenian prime ministers are invited to attend the Summit, hosted by the Prime Minister of Italy. The invitation was also addressed to the United Kingdom's Prime Minister in the capacity of the host of the next Summit in 2018, as well as to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and EU Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Violeta Bulc.

Prime Minister Marković will speak at the plenary session.

The Summit will adopt the Action Plan for the Regional Economic Area which arises from the commitments undertaken under the CEFTA Agreement and the SEE 2020 Strategy and which is based on the rules and principles of the European Union reflected in the Stabilisation and Association Agreements.

The Agreement on the establishment of the Transport Community is expected to be signed – a document obliging the six Western Balkan countries to apply European directives in the field of road and railway transport.

The heads of governments of the six Western Balkan countries will adopt a Declaration that reflects a strong commitment to further activities in the area of regional cooperation within the Western Balkans Six and the European perspective of the countries in the region.

Separate meetings of the ministers of foreign affairs, economy and transport of the Western Balkan countries will be organised in the framework of the Summit. Within the Summit, Civil Society Forum, Workshop of anti-coruption institutions of the Western Balkans and Business Forum will be organised, as well.

The Summit of the Western Balkans Six is a good opportunity for further improvement of the progress and results achieved by our country at the national, regional and European level, as well as for the exchange of views with the heads of governments and ministers of foreign affairs, economy and transport on the current situation in the region.

Participation in the Summit will also be an opportunity to confirm positive attitudes of Montenegro on the realisation of the Main Traffic Network, that will enable better connections with our neighbors and with the EU, as well as for the presentation of priority projects for Montenegro.


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