Maricic - Kopman: With the Growth Plan, citizens will feel the benefits of EU membership
The successful completion of the screening process and the EU Growth Plan for the Western Balkans were the focus of the talks in Brussels by the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs, Bojan Maricic, and the Director General of the Directorate for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR) of the European Commission, Gert Jan Köppmann. .
At last night's meeting, Maricic and Kopman assessed that the Growth Plan represents a bridging phase from the end of the screening to the opening of Cluster 1, through investments and the implementation of reforms, with which the citizens will feel the benefits of the EU and will adapt the state for full membership in the Union .
As reported by the MIA correspondent from Brussels, the Growth Plan is the most ambitious mechanism of the European Commission in the integration process of the countries of the Western Balkans, with which we will for the first time have the opportunity to use reserved funds for implemented reforms.
The growth plan envisages investments in reforms in the countries of the region, their integration into the EU common market and integration of regional markets through reforms and investments, for which a European fund of six billion euros is foreseen. It should enable the acceleration of reforms, economic growth and encourage the much-needed socio-economic convergence between the countries of the region and the EU.
Such concrete financial and political investment of the EU in the countries of the Western Balkans should represent an incentive on the part of the Union and support for accelerating the membership of North Macedonia in the bloc until 2030.
Vice Prime Minister Maricic, who is also the main negotiator of the country with the EU, is ending his working visit to Brussels today by participating in the fifth meeting of the Strategic Board of the Investment Framework for the Western Balkans (VBIF).