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NPA News: Joint border crossing point between Albania and Montenegro

Published date: 07.05.2008 11:20 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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The Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Sali Berisha, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Montenegro, Mr. Milo Djukanovic, the Head of the EC Delegation to Albania, Ambassador Helmuth Lohan, and the Head of the EC Delegation to Montenegro, Ambassador Leopold Maurer, launched the works for the construction of the Joint Border Crossing Point between Albania and Montenegro, a EUR 1.1 mln project financed by the European Commission.

The construction of the Joint Border Crossing Point Muriqan/Sokobine, the very first one of this kind in the Western Balkans, will facilitate the cooperation between the two countries, will help to smooth the problems arising from their proximity, will contribute to the social and economic development in the border area and will help them to work together to safeguard the environment, to prevent and fight against organised crime, ensuring efficient and secure borders and promoting local "people-to-people" type actions.

This project is part of a broader assistance financed by the European Commission which includes the construction of 11 Border Crossing Points all over Albania for a total amount of EUR 5.4 mln. The Joint Border Crossing Point at Muriqan/Sukobin will be composed of one main building on two levels with separate offices (customs, police, veterinary and phytosanitar) for each nation and additional facilities for inspection and sequestration, isinfections, weighing of trucks, etc.

Ambassador Lohan said that the joint border crossing would help Albania and Montenegro to work together for safeguarding the environment, for the prevention and fight against crime, and for ensuring efficient and secure border services. "I wish the joint border crossing to become a symbol of successful cooperation between Albania and Montenegro, and a benchmark in the Western Balkans", he said.

Joint border crossing point between Albania and Montenegro