Kovacevski in Belgrade: Relations between Macedonia and Serbia have never been better
Kovacevski's official visit began with a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, with whom they confirmed the long-standing partnership and friendship between the two countries, reflected through constant mutual support for key issues and challenges affecting both countries.
The memorandums for facilitating and speeding up the flow of passengers and vehicles at the border crossing Tabanovce - Preševo, for networking systems for electronic toll collection and for cooperation in the field of mining and energy are the three documents that were signed during yesterday's visit of the Macedonian government delegation of Belgrade. The documents for the further rapprochement of the two states, economies and peoples derive from the obligations for the Open Balkans.
The government delegation in the official visit to Serbia was led by Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski. The explanation for the first Memorandum to facilitate the flow of the border crossing Tabanovce, which was signed by the interior ministers of the two countries, is that it is the result of the awareness of the high level of passenger vehicle frequency created at this border crossing. Teams of ministries, IT sectors and border police, customs administrations, as well as the ministries of transport and communications worked on finding solutions, and several types of measures were defined, the implementation of which will facilitate and speed up the flow of passengers and vehicles. The measures refer, above all, to the field infrastructure and the model of joint border management.
The second document on the networking of electronic toll collection systems foresees that soon all citizens of Serbia with a TAG device installed will be able to pass through the toll roads in North Macedonia without stopping, and it will also apply to the citizens of our country when they travel through Serbia.
The third memorandum on cooperation in mining and energy shows the common willingness to strengthen mutual relations and understanding, in order to contribute to economic development. The government press service says that energy is a pillar of the economy, and this memorandum supports joint investments from both countries, especially for building capacities for using renewable energy sources, energy production and interconnection of gas and electricity systems in Macedonia and Serbia.
Kovacevski's official visit to Belgrade began with a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, with whom they confirmed the long-standing partnership and friendship between Macedonia and Serbia reflected through constant mutual support for key issues and challenges affecting both countries.
As the government press service announced, it was concluded at the meeting that the bilateral relations between the two countries are characterized by dynamic political dialogue at a high level, economic cooperation and trade exchange.
"At the meeting, regional initiatives were discussed, which are an opportunity for perspectives and for an even greater improvement of mutual cooperation. The goal of the Open Balkans and the Berlin process is regional development and faster integration into the single European market and the European Union," the announcement states.
The meeting also discussed the EU enlargement policy with the countries of the Western Balkans and the dynamics of the accession negotiations of North Macedonia and Serbia. Reform processes in several key areas, institutional capacity building as well as development strategies implemented by the governments of both countries were emphasized.
A joint plenary meeting of the two government delegations was held in Belgrade, which was opened by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic. It was concluded that the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and Serbia have never been better than today and are without open questions. "As good neighbors, we successfully overcame the challenges of the economic and energy crisis, within the framework of the Berlin process and the Open Balkans initiative," it was said at the meeting.
The government delegation led by Kovacevski includes the ministers of internal affairs Oliver Spasovski, for economy Kreshnik Bekteshi, for transport and communications Blagoj Bochvarski, as well as the deputy minister for information society and public administration Aleksandar Baidevski.
Immediately after arriving in Belgrade, Kovacevski, as he announced on Facebook, took a walk with Vucic and Prime Minister Brnabic on the quay of Sava.