The economy and citizens of Serbia, Albania and Northern Macedonia will soon be able to trade, travel, employ scarce staff and integrate faster economically within the Open Balkans initiative, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce announced today.

As it was pointed out, this was confirmed today at the Summit of the Three Leaders in Tirana by signing six trilateral and bilateral agreements, the implementation of which should improve business in the region and accelerate the flow of people, capital, services and goods.

With their signatures, the guarantee and support that the agreed and signed will come to life in practice was given by the President of Serbia, Alesandar Vučić, and the Prime Ministers of Albania and Northern Macedonia, Edi Rama and Zoran Zaev.

“The policy response is what the economy wanted and it is a real dialogue. Today we have concrete solutions that save time and money, and make our economies more competitive in the global market. In the next three months, a common labor market and a single work permit will come to life,” he said. is the President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce Marko Čadež.

Businessmen expect that the first benefits of the agreement within the Open Balkans initiative will soon be shown on the ground through the application of harmonized phytosanitary, veterinary and other certificates, which will reduce business costs and improve the competitiveness of companies.

“MK Group, as one of the leading investment groups in Southeast Europe, supports all initiatives aimed at establishing facilitation in the movement of goods, imports and exports, as well as reducing barriers to doing business,” said MK Agriculture CEO Milos Mijovic.

He assessed that agriculture is one of the most important factors in connecting the economies of the region and announced the continuation of investments in modern and smart agriculture through digitalization and innovation.

“The region is being promoted as a single investment destination, our companies are becoming more competitive in the European and global market, we get a single labor market, mutual recognition of AEO authorizations, as well as a single phytosanitary and veterinary system for checking and faster flow of goods at borders.” said the director of Milšped in Albania, Marko Divljan.

Project manager for new markets in the company Delta agrar Slobodan Reljić said that the company imports a lot of fruits and vegetables from Albania and that the harmonized certificates will significantly simplify and reduce the cost of the whole process.

“As importers, we are obliged to do an analysis for every product we import into Serbia that it is healthy, after which it can be sold. Those analyzes are not cheap and the benefits brought by the signed agreement will significantly reduce costs,” Reljic explained.

He added that the unique work permits will enable the employment of workers from the region with good wages, reminding that they hired workers from India.

An agreement on conditions for free access to the labor market in the Western Balkans, an agreement on linking electronic identification schemes for Western Balkan citizens and an agreement on co-operation in veterinary, phytosanitary and food and feed safety were signed in Tirana.

The Government of Serbia and the Council of Ministers of Albania signed an agreement on mutual recognition of the approval of authorized economic entities for security and safety (AEOS), and such a document was signed by the Government of Northern Macedonia and the Council of Ministers of Albania.

An Agreement on Cooperation between Accreditation Bodies in the Western Balkans was signed on the sidelines of the summit.

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