Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania sign labour market agreements

Open Balkan member states – Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania – signed two protocols that will enable establishing a free labour market in Skopje yesterday.
The State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance Gojko Stanivuković signed a protocol on the implementation of an agreement on conditions for free access to the Western Balkans labour market and a protocol on connecting an electronic identification scheme for citizens of the region on behalf of Serbia.
Full liberalisation of the labour market in the Open Balkan states starting from March 1 was announced by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić earlier in the day.
According to him, a common labour market would help to create a better business environment for both local and foreign companies and to overcome the problem of workforce shortages.
As Vučić told the press in Skopje, the Growth Plan for the Western Balkans had been discussed with American and European representatives, as well as a common European market and Serbia’s participation in it. He said that green lines for Serbian trucks, [allowing them] to cross EU state borders are most important, because they mean strengthening of the country’s commerce and industrial production.
The prime ministers of Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo – Edi Rama, Milojko Spajić and Albin Kurti respectively – as well as by Bosnian and Herzegovinian Finance Minister Srdjan Amidžić, NEAR Director-General Gert Jan Koopman and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James O’Brien attended the conference aside from Vučić.
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