During its European Union's presidency, Germany will support the strengthening of the Western Balkans' economic integrations and the establishment of a more robust framework for cooperation between the Western Balkans and the EU, Serbia's Chamber of Commerce (PKS) has said in a statement on Thursday.
It added the support was agreed in a video conference between PKS head Marko Cadez, the German Minister of Economy and Energy, Peter Altmeier, and the Member of the Bundestag, Joachim Pfeiffer.
They said that several key events and forums would contribute to the geostrategic position of the region and its presentation as a unique investment destination, thanks to dialogue with decision-makers, governments of the ‘Western Balkan six’ and German support.
The six chambers of commerce of the Western Balkans countries, gathered in the association Chamber Investment Forum of the ‘Western Balkans Six’ (KIF ZB6), would organise an investment conference in Germany, PKS statement said.
Altmeier confirmed the importance of continuing the cooperation between the chambers of the ‘Western Balkan six,’ in identifying problems and open issues and reaching pragmatic solutions as efficiently as possible.
„Regular meetings of the presidents of the chambers of the Western Balkan countries with key decision-makers in the EU would contribute to the establishment of a framework for the continuity of stronger cooperation between the region and the EU,“ Altmeier said.
Pfeiffer added Germany would use its EU presidency to take concrete steps in meeting the set goals and removing barriers in the region, which was not a task for Germany only, but also all other future EU presidencies.