Visegrad Group welcomes Open Balkans Initiative

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The Visegrad Group welcomed the Open Balkans Initiative launched by the political leaders of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia.

A press release for the Hungarian Foreign Ministry said that the Visegrad Group Foreign Ministers “hailed the mini-Schengen, a border-free travel and business zone, set up by Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia”. “The ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said a close cooperation of those Western Balkan countries would contribute to strengthening and developing central Europe as a region,” it said.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the Prime Ministers of North Macedonia and Albania, Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama launched the initiative at a meeting in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad in October 2019. They met at a business forum in Skoplje earlier this week, signing agreements and renaming the initiative Open Balkans.