State Secretary Matušić attends Foreign Affairs Ministerial of Berlin Process

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State Secretary for Political Affairs Frano Matušić on Friday attended the Foreign Affairs Ministerial of the Berlin Process held in Tirana and hosted by Albanian Foreign Minister Igli Hasani.
The participants discussed the establishment of the Common Regional Market, economic convergence between the Western Balkans and the EU, and speeding up the region’s integration into the EU sectoral policies.
Matušić opened his address by condemning the previous month’s coordinated attacks by Serbian terrorist on Kosovar police forces, adding that such act could not only endanger the Berlin Process but also the European future of the Western Balkan countries.
He underscored Croatia’s support for inclusive regional cooperation with the Berlin Process, pointing out that Croatia had been consistently assisting all countries along their European path, notably in terms of the transfer of knowledge.
“Croatia recognizes the contribution of this format of regional cooperation to the strengthening of all aspects of connectivity, the establishment of the Common Regional market, digital agenda, mobility, transport and energy,” the state secretary said.  
Speaking about the importance of the EU-Western Balkans economic convergence, Matušić said that the Western Balkans Investment Framework, in which Croatia is a donor, was an important tool for strategic investment in sectors of energy, environment, transport and digital infrastructure.
The meeting was a part of closing events of Albania’s Berlin Process presidency. A Berlin Process summit is scheduled for 16 October.

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