News archive - The Berlin Process will continue to play an important role for the Western Balkan

Summary of an interview published by Deutsche Welle and Europeam Western Balkans with Susanne Schütz, Regional Director for South-Eastern Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office.

Ms Schütz stated that Germany expects concrete progress on the issues of regional cooperation, which are part of the Berlin Process.

“The Summit is the culmination of a series of preparatory meetings at ministerial level. Civil society and youth forum is also part of the process. The Summit will focus in particular on the next steps to build a common regional market. This historical project, agreed by the governments of the six countries at the last summit in November 2020, refers to four fundamental freedoms: free movement of people, goods, services and capital, and that should be achieved by 2024”, she said.

According to Schütz, the return of the Summit to Berlin after seven years is also an excellent opportunity to review and exchange ideas on the future of the Berlin Process.

On the question, what are the main challenges and which countries are blocking the implementation of the Common Region Market, Schütz assesses that the challenges are, on the one hand, the relatively short period of time, and the complexity of the issue in practice.

She added that the Berlin Process will continue to plan an important role.

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Geographical focus
  • EC
  • Western Balkans
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Entry created by Admin on August 1, 2021
Modified on August 2, 2021