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Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Western Balkans Partnership Summit

10:15am ONLINE EVENT

An initiative on regional economic cooperation

On July 29, 2020, leaders from the Western Balkans Six met to agree on bold, practical actions to help the region emerge stronger together from the impact of COVID-19 with greater regional economic development opportunities. Specifically, they agreed to accelerate free movement of goods, services, capital, and people in the region, eliminating barriers that have hindered economic growth; and to pursue an investment plan to attract new foreign direct investment in the region and accelerate the deployment of committed COVID-19 recovery funds, with a focus on infrastructure and energy.

The leaders committed to improving political cooperation and good neighborly relations and to strive to resolve bilateral issues in the region.

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