Vucic, Rama and Zaev meet in Novi Sad – formation of a “mini Schengen”

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic hosted the trilateral meeting in Novi Sad, with the Prime Ministers from Albania and North Macedonia.

The main topic of discussion of this trilateral meeting was establishing “mini Schengen” with the aim of improving the links between the regional markets, enabling free flow of goods, people, services and capital in the market of 20 million people.

The meeting lasted for two hours, after which three officials addressed the media. At the meeting, the three officials also signed a declaration of intent.

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Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama, prime ministers of North Macedonia and Albania respectively, arrived in Serbia yesterday, and last night they walked through the streets of Novi Sad with their hosts, President Vucic and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic. On that occasion, Vucic said that for our three countries, but also for the others, this meeting was of crucial importance.

“I am happy that we have started taking care of ourselves and that we do not need someone to oversee us. In this way, we can agree on a better future for our workers, our farmers, and especially for young people, so that they will choose to stay in our respective countries”, Vucic said.

Vucic, Rama and Zaev already discussed the meeting informally during the UN General Assembly in New York in September, and the Serbian President then announced that plans would be made in Novi Sad to connect markets in the region, or to create a kind of so-called “mini Schengen” regime, visa-free regime among the regional countries.

Economists estimate that by establishing a “mini Schengen” in the Western Balkans, companies from across the region would gain a larger regional, common market with nearly 20 million consumers. The initiative was welcomed by the regional chambers of all Western Balkan countries, which assemble more than 350,000 companies.

(Novi Magazin, 10.10.2019)

Photo credits: Tanjug / Tanja Valic



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