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Kosovo initiated the Treaty establishing the Transport Community in Western Balkans

Brussels, June 15, 2017 - In a ceremony organized on June 15, 2017 by the European Commission, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Brussels, Bernard Nikaj initiated in the presence of the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc the “Treaty establishing the Transport Community” between the European Union and the Western Balkan countries.

The content of this treaty has been discussed between the countries and the text was presented to the Ministers of Transport in Western Balkan in December 2016. At the meeting of the Western Balkan Prime Ministers in Sarajevo in March 2017, leaders expressed their commitment to finalize this Treaty.

At the inaugural ceremony held by European Commission in Brussels participated representatives of the the cabinet of the Vice-Presidents of the EC, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, representatives from the Cabinet of Commissioner Hahn and Commissioner Violeta Bulc, as well as other representatives of the Directorate-General for expansion and transport.

 

The aim of this Treaty is to improve the interconnection between Western Balkan countries and the interconnection with the countries of the European Union.

This treaty will help Western Balkan countries to go forward in implementing the acquis in the field of transport and will facilitate the coordination of transport projects in this field and financial support from the EU for this sector.

The Treaty is initiated from all the Western Balkans countries and is now under some internal EU procedures. The Treaty is planned to be signed next month at a ceremony in the margins of the summit hosted by Italy in Trieste, which is a continuation of the Berlin Process.