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Rama opens summit of Western Balkan leaders: Plan for economic recovery

The EU-Western Balkans Summit is taking place today in Tirana to discuss the EU’s implementation of the Economic and Investment Plan aimed at helping the six Western Balkan countries on their way to recovering from the pandemic. .

The summit will bring together 6 leaders of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro) and EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi.

Prime Minister Edi Rama has opened the summit of the Leaders of the Western Balkans in Tirana.

Rama said that the participation of Balkan leaders in this summit is a clear sign of the implementation of the EU plan and the common regional market. He stressed that this summit is a key instrument that will help the economy recover from the pandemic to move towards sustainable growth.

“We start the working session. Thank you for accepting the invitation in such a short time and I am happy to welcome you. Your participation is a clear sign of our willingness to start implementing the EU plan and the common regional market.

I am very grateful to the EU Commissioner who launched and promoted this grand plan as a key instrument that will help us recover economically in a post-pandemic time and move towards sustainable growth and build on the green transition. and digital, “Rama said.

After the opening of the summit, the meeting continued with the speech of the European Commissioner without the presence of cameras.

Also, in a Twitter post, EU Commissioner Varhelyi stated that during the meeting, the parties will discuss the implementation of economic recovery plans, three weeks before the Berlin Process Summit to be held on 5 July.

On June 2nd, the EU approved a budget of 14.2 billion euros in funding for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) for the period 2021-2027 in the Western Balkans, without specifying how much money Albania will receive.

Meanwhile, on September 11, 2020, Albania approved a € 180 million loan from the European Union, to overcome the consequences of Covid-19. The loan was part of a 3.3 billion-euro macro-financial assistance package for the Western Balkan countries by the European Council.

The summit is also being held two weeks before the European Council decision on opening accession negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia, provided it is finally approved by the members of the European Council. /ibna

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