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BP6 Foreign Ministers Meeting, Bushati: Recent developments talk about the urgent need to strengthen confidence in the European integration perspective of the region

BP6 Foreign Ministers Meeting, Bushati: Recent developments talk about the urgent need to strengthen confidence in the European integration perspective of the region

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, attended the meeting of Western Balkan Foreign Ministers (BP6), which took place on 30 November in the city of Budva, Montenegro. Minister Bushati in his speech stressed that this meeting comes at an important moment for the region but also for the EU and should ensure continuity of previous regional activities as well as contribute to enhancing mutual cooperation as a means of guaranteeing stability and interconnectivity in the region.

“We need to place more emphasis on reconciliation that is directly linked to the political will to cooperate and follow the processes that we have previously agreed with. Co-operation is not yet where it is due to the lack of political will to remove barriers, and this is more apparent in energy interconnection. This affects not only the development but also the climate of cooperation we are trying to create in our region. CEFTA should also be interpreted in relation to the other commitments that each country has undertaken “- said Minister Bushati.

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He further stressed the need for concrete actions in terms of roaming and mobile telephony communications, not to overlook the issue of mutual recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications, a matter which has been discussed but has not yet been resolved for years.

We can not have different co-operation positions, one for BP6 as a platform that is supported by important EU actors, and on the other hand we are selective in cooperation on other regional platforms. If we need to have real cooperation between each other, we must stick to the principles – Minister Bushati further said.

During this meeting, Bushati paid special attention to the prospect of EU integration of all Western Balkan countries. “While we continue to do” homework “we expect the same from EU member states,” he said.

The Buda and BP6 meetings concluded the proceedings by coming up with a joint text, a text that the Albanian side insisted on consensually approving the importance of mutual respect for regional agreements.

News Source: Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

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