Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania sign labour market agreements

Two protocols that will enable establishing a free labour market in Open Balkan member states – Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania – were signed in Skopje yesterday.

On behalf of Serbia, a protocol on the implementation of an agreement on conditions for free access to the Western Balkans labour market and a protocol on connecting an electronic identification scheme for citizens of the region were signed by the State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance Gojko Stanivuković.

Earlier in the day, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić announced the protocols would enable full liberalisation of the labour market in the Open Balkan states starting from March 1.

He said a common labour market would help to create a better business environment for both local and foreign companies and to overcome the problem of workforce shortages.

“We’ve discussed the Growth Plan for the Western Balkans with American and European representatives. We’ve also discussed a common European market and [our] participation in it. Those green lines for our trucks, [allowing them] to cross EU state borders are most important to us – the strengthening of our commerce and industrial production. We should do the same regionally,” Vučić told the press in Skopje.

Aside from Vučić, the conference was attended by the prime ministers of Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo – Edi Rama, Milojko Spajić and Albin Kurti respectively – as well as by Bosnian and Herzegovinian Finance Minister Srdjan Amidžić, NEAR Director-General Gert Jan Koopman and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James O’Brien.

(, 21.01.2024)

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