Vucic, Rama, Zaev call for freedom of movement across Western Balkans

Tanjug/Predsedništvo Srbije/Dimitrije Goll

Top state officials from Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia said on Tuesday that they want to see freedom of movement for people, goods, services and capital as soon as possible across the region.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said during their video conference that they would lend their full support to a common regional market at the Berlin Process summit on July 5.

They agreed to meet in North Macedonia’s capital on July 29 to review the progress made to date on projects and initiatives and to sign agreements, including on providing aid in natural disasters and trade exemptions.

A press release from the Serbian president’s cabinet quoted them as saying that the three economies can draw closer together through regional cooperation, attracting investments and brining benefits to their populations which they could not do individually. It said that they called their counterparts across the region to sign agreement to realize the idea of a common political and economic area.

They said that the Western Balkan countries need to become European Union member states but that the EU also needs the Western Balkans.