Bregu: Regional cooperation is complex and difficult, but it represents a way forward

The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Majlinda Bregu, said in Rotterdam today that strong coordination and reforms are needed to build long-term resilience, adding that regional cooperation is complex and difficult, but represents a way forward.

Change will take time. We will all need strong coordination and reforms to build long-term resilience, as well as a united approach to policy-making that can address complex, interrelated challenges and balanced trade-offs between economic, social and other goals. Regional cooperation is complex and difficult, but it represents a way forward, “Majlinda Bregu told the European People’s Party (EPP) congress in Rotterdam.

She spoke during a discussion entitled “Coffee with the EPP Balkans: Russia’s War and Its Impact on the Western Balkans”, together with High Representative for BiH Christian Schmidt, Head of the Western Balkans Working Group in the Strategic Departments Communications and Foresight of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Jasna Jelisic and EPP Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Patrick Voller.

“The diagnosis is clear and not good. Namely, we have a combination of negative risks and war, rising food and energy prices, inflation, which makes me wonder aloud whether this crisis scenario, if it comes with bilateral issues, will escalate tensions during the election or postponing the opening of negotiations for accession to the European Union will create so many risks that it will make the terrain ideal for economic and political nationalism to take root and flourish, “Bregu added.

The RCC stated that the EPP should approve the Document of Attitudes on the Western Balkans, which welcomes and praises regional achievements.

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