Balkans

Kathimerini Forum: Signs of optimism in the Western Balkans, but no closer to EU accession

There are signs of optimism in the Western Balkan, but the countries in the region are not closer to becoming part of the European Union, despite the bloc's investments, said Migration Minister Dimitris Kairidis on Tuesday. 

Bringing Greece’s role in its region to Washington

As Greece steadily becomes a crucial part of the geopolitical puzzle in the East Med and the Balkans, with tangible contributions to the political, military and energy developments in the region, a presentation and analysis of its role to the decision makers in Washington can only prove useful to all.

Cvetkovic, Marinkovic meet with Escobar in Washington

WASHINGTON - Serbian Minister of Economy Slobodan Cvetkovic and Congress of Serbian-American Friendship President Vladimir Marinkovic met in Washington with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar to discuss advancing bilateral economic cooperation and creating an even better investment environment in Serbia.

In joint statement, W Balkan leaders highlight regional cooperation, EU integration

SKOPJE - In an 11-point joint statement adopted on Monday at a Skopje summit titled The Growth Plan: Western Balkans Meets EU, Western Balkan leaders underscore the "paramount significance of cooperation within the region" and note that an EU Growth Plan represents a "new opportunity to promote the economic and social convergence of our region with the European Union."

EU growth plan potential ‘game changer’ for Western Balkans, official says

Leaders of the six Western Balkan countries, including Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, met on Monday in Skopje, North Macedonia to discuss reforms needed to access the European Union growth plan presented last October.

Vucic: Serbia open to all ideas on common regional market

SKOPJE - Regional connectivity is very significant, green lanes at border crossings are of the greatest importance for the Western Balkans and Serbia will be open to all ideas on a common regional market and ready to implement them, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said at a Western Balkans-EU summit in Skopje on Monday.

Vucic: Serbia has more than doubled its GDP since 2012-2013

DAVOS - Since 2012-2013, Serbia has succeeded in more than doubling its total GDP from 32 bln euros to almost 69 bln euros, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said at a World Economic Forum (WEF) discussion panel in Davos on Thursday.

Vucic noted that the IMF had projected Serbia's GDP to grow 3.5 pct in 2024 but that he believed the growth rate would reach 3.6 pct.

Vucic to pay two-day visit to Skopje for Open Balkan, WB-EU summits

BELGRADE - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will be in Skopje, North Macedonia, on January 21-22 for a summit of the Open Balkan initiative and a Western Balkans-EU summit on the EU Growth Plan for the region, the presidential press office announced in a statement on Tuesday.

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