Cooperation and Integration of Western Balkan Countries to access the EU Digital Single Market

Apr 18, 2018 | Press Release

The working lunch was organized within the agenda of the first day of the ”Western Balkan Digital Summit”, attended by the President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zveidić, Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, Vice Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Albania, Senida Mesi, Ministers of the Governments of the Western Balkan countries, Commissioners for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and for Digital Economy and Society, Johannes Hahn and Mariya Gabriel, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal republic of Germany, Thomas Bareiß, representatives from the European Investment Bank and representatives from the Regional Cooperation Council.

The focal topic discussed at the working lunch was the importance of integration of the Western Balkan countries in the EU digital single market.

During the discussions, Prime Minister Zaev pointed out the important role of the ”Western Balkan Digital Summit” and the presentation of the “Impact of Digitalization on Prosperity of the Western Balkans” study, as significant stimulus for the countries in the regions to deepen the cooperation and to work more intensively on digital transformation, which is to contribute to GDP growth, increased investments in the regions, start-up development and job creation.

Initiative for institutionalization of the Business Friendly Environment – BFE, as multilateral organization, to be underpinned by the governments in the region, was also discussed at the working lunch.