From 2023, border controls between three countries in the Balkans are to be abolished. The initiative is an important sign for the EU and an expression of dissatisfaction with its actions taken on the path to enlargement to new countries. According to experts, the EU’s passivity in this matter may make other powers at home in the region.’
Until 2023, there will be no border wait between Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia. Whoever wants to join us is always welcome, said the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, at the end of July.
These words were spoken at the Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation of the Western Balkans in Skopje, during which the Prime Minister of Albania, the head of the North Macedonian government, Zoran Zaev, and the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, signed three specific agreements, thus establishing the “Open Balkans” initiative, previously known as ” Mini-Schengen “.
The agreements concluded concern cooperation in the field of responding to the effects of natural disasters, enabling the free movement of workers across borders and activities aimed at improving trade.