Bochvarski: Historic success, we have liberalized cargo and passenger transport with Serbia

Blagoj Bochvarski Morning Briefing
Blagoj Bochvarski Morning Briefing / Photo Free Press / Riste Pejovski

As of August 1, all permits that were exchanged on a reciprocal basis on an annual basis, and which refer to the transportation of goods to and from third countries between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia, will be revoked, the authorities announced today, and what exactly will that mean? this, explained the Minister of Transport and Communications, Blagoj Bochvarski.

This implies a complete liberalization of the transport of goods and applies to all ecological types of vehicles, starting with a standard of EURO 1, up to EURO 6. The agreement, according to the announcement, was reached within the framework of the Macedonian-Serbian mixed commission for international road transport of passengers and goods that were sitting in the Republic of North Macedonia these days.

Also, an agreement was reached on liberalization and that from June 15 of this year for the alternating transportation of passengers to be carried out also without permits, which were exchanged on a reciprocal basis on an annual basis.

"First of all, this is a huge success for transporters from both countries, it is a success for the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia. We have reached a historic agreement, we are completely canceling permits in road and freight transport and we are doing all this for the development of both countries, for economic progress in the region and for better economic cooperation between North Macedonia and Serbia. This is something that my colleague, Minister Vesic, and I worked hard for with the enormous support of the governments of both countries. This is the right policy to facilitate the work of carriers and this should be an example for the whole region." - pointed out the Minister of Transport and Communications, Blagoj Bochvarski.

The decision to liberalize transport is part of the "Open Balkans" initiative and the goals established by the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation to facilitate the import, export and movement of goods and passengers in the Western Balkans.

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