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7/10/17

EU seeks to nudge Balkans into economic, transport cooperation – by Zoran Radosavljevic

The European Union will seek to give a new boost to the six EU hopefuls in the Western Balkans at a summit this week, by steering their talks on a common regional market and signing off on a number of transport and energy projects meant to attract investment to the region and boost its economy.

Leaders of Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia will take part in the Western Balkans Summit in Trieste on Wednesday (12 July) together with their counterparts from Italy, Germany, France and the EU.

On top of transport, infrastructure and energy, a key objective of the talks is to flesh out a proposal for a common economic area.

However, it remains unclear how concrete the proposal will be, given the continuing political sensitivities in one of Europe’s poorest regions, where some critics and opinion makers have already balked at the idea of ‘recreating Yugoslavia’ – a country that disintegrated in blood in the 1990s.

Read more: EU seeks to nudge Balkans into economic, transport cooperation – EURACTIV.com

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