It is important that BiH also accepts the “Open Balkans” initiative

17.11.2021. / 16:45

BELGRADE – Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations in the Council of Ministers Stasa Kosarac and Minister of Mining and Energy of Serbia Zorana Mihajlovic agreed today that the “Open Balkans” initiative initiated by Serbia is of great importance for the region, and that it would be good to expand to the entire region, including BiH.

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Košarac said that Republika Srpska approached the issue with quality and seriousness.

He emphasized that the meetings that will follow in the coming period will focus on the topic of “Open Balkans”.

“We will focus on the topic of` Open Balkans`, appreciating that we have information to convey this to BiH and that in some way we mobilize federal partners to give a positive opinion on such a regional policy. “, announced Košarac.

He stated that the importance of building a gas pipeline in Republika Srpska was also discussed at today’s meeting.

“When it comes to the eastern interconnection and in that aspect the competence of the Ministry is to perform a coordinating role and in this context to define all future directions, taking into account some other initiatives present in BiH, which relate primarily to the southern interconnection.”, said Košarac.

He emphasized that it is important to provide resources in order for that to affect the economy, and in that sense he believes that Serbia is a partner.

“We also discussed some other projects in the field of energy and that we should continue to develop such good relations. Unfortunately in BiH, there are some structures in FBiH that challenge the cooperation between Republika Srpska and Serbia. I think that such a practice should be stopped. What is significant and important and we invite them to join some important energy projects. “, said Košarac.

He pointed out that the hand of cooperation between Republika Srpska was extended to all regional partners.

“We appreciate that the Ministerial Conference on November 30 in Belgrade will be very important and that we have a legitimate right to exchange certain experiences and opinions on the issue of the Energy Community.” We in BiH have an agreement on joining the Energy Community, we have certain obligations from the second and third energy package and we talked about that and how Serbia fulfilled its obligations. “, pointed out Košarac.

Mihajlovic said it would be very important if the “Open Balkans” initiative could be extended to the entire region because it allows citizens to have a higher standard and a better economy.

“After all, let’s do everything to keep people in our region to live, not leave, and that is the essence of all conversations, and that is why this meeting is very important for us.”, said Mihajlović.

She emphasized that energy security is a question of all issues and that the region cannot develop if we do not work on raising that security.

“We are committed to each other and I believe that we will do everything possible to make gas interconnection one of our important joint projects that we will work on.”, stated Mihajlović. Roe deer


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