SEECP seeks political formula to support Balkan countries’ joining EU, NATO


Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean hosted the last two days the second meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SEECP participating states, organized by Romania as holder of the Chairmanship-in-Office.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean said yesterday, on the occasion of the SEECP meeting, that participants tried to reach a political formula of support for a future European and Euro Atlantic integration of the entire Balkan region.
“The reunion confirmed that political commitment of all the states of the region to cooperate in a constructive spirit, to promote both political cooperation and the cooperation in other sectors, such as economy, judiciary, fight against corruption, organised crime,” Titus Corlatean mentioned in a joint press conference of the SEECP troika, with his counterparts from Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, and Albania, Ditmir Bushati.
The ministers of Foreign affairs and state secretaries attending the meeting of the South Eastern European Cooperation Process (SEECP), whose presidency is secured by Romania, discussed the latest positive evolutions at region scale regarding “the European, Euro Atlantic way of some candidate, aspiring states and the wish to boost the process for all the actors of the region,” the chief of diplomacy added.
FM Corlatean also announced that the participant states accepted the proposal of the Romanian presidency to “very rapidly launch the activity of a workgroup that will offer solutions to the expectations regarding the future of SEECP, updated, adequate to the new political realities of the region.” Another proposal made by Romania was to get the SEECP involved, in coordination with international actors, “in the support, assistance process for Bosnia-Herzegovina”.
Macedonian FM proposes cooperation based on the model of Northern Europe
The Macedonian minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Poposki said in his turn that Balkan states must change their mentality in order to reach an efficient regional cooperation, following the model of the countries of Northern Europe. “We are a very rich region, we have states that belong both to NATO and the EU, as well as candidate states and I believe that the relation between these two categories of countries is vital for the success of regional cooperation. With this regard, Romania has an extremely important role, being the largest state of the region and a member of the European Union,” Poposki stated. The chief of the Macedonian diplomacy outlined the need for a better cooperation of the economies throughout the region and a better infrastructure. Asked about how the Scandinavian model could be reached, given the difference of resources, Nikola Poposki explained that an improved cooperation can be achieved through a better spending of the European money by member and candidate states, in order to create jobs and expand the infrastructure. In his turn, Minister Titus Corlatean emphasised that “the political will and the spirit of cooperation throughout the region are more important than financial resources.” Titus Corlatean also evoked the energy interconnections which Romania has with R. of Moldova, Bulgaria and Serbia, which can be a starting point for creating “a common market of energy in the Balkans “.
Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean hosted the last two days the second meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of SEECP participating states, organized by Romania as holder of the Chairmanship-in-Office. Besides the 12 foreign ministers of SEECP participating states, attending the meeting as special guests were Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), representatives of the EU and of NATO, as well as Pristina’s representative. The meeting was devoted to discussing the latest regional developments and to starting a process of reflection on the future of SEECP, meant to help identify the best ways to enhance the efficacy of this forum and to obtain tangible results.

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