Chairman of the Council of Ministers (CoM) of BiH Denis Zvizdic attended regional economic conference titled ‘Challenges on the path to the EU’ in Budva, together with prime ministers of Montenegro and Macedonia, Dusko Markovic and Zoran Zaev respectively, Deputy PM of Albania Senida Mesi and Serbian Deputy PM Rasim Ljajic.
Addressing a panel on regional cooperation within the Berlin Process, Chairman Zvizdic said that the Western Balkans countries were dedicated to the EU integration process. He pointed out that significant progress had been achieved since the 2014 meeting in Berlin.
Zvizdic underlined that the majority of countries in the world had most intensive trade with their neighbors, and expressed hope that the regional cooperation would be additionally improved in the upcoming period.
Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH also talked about the need to improve road infrastructure, underlining that this sector is of crucial importance for the entire region of the Western Balkans.
He said that it was necessary to strengthen digital economy, attract foreign investments and focus on reform of education in order to adapt it to the needs of the labor market.
Zvizdic underlined that the region had to improve political stability, and called on more intense cooperation in the process of European integration.
Montenegrin PM Markovic stated that he believed Montenegro would conclude negotiating process with the EU by 2025.
“Responsibility for the EU process should not be in Brussels, as we have to take responsibility, adopt decisions and stand behind them”, Markovic said. “I will not say anything new when I tell you that we do not have any dilemma in the region about the key goal of all of our countries: membership in the EU”, he concluded.
Vice-President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Pierre Heilbronn attended the conference as a guest.