Focus on Blue Corridor Project
Albanian Daily News
Published November 18, 2017
The second Adriatic Trilateral Meeting was held in Durres on Friday and it was attended by Albanian Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati, Croatian Deputy/PM and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Marija Pejcinovic Buric and the Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs, Srgjan Darmanovic. Foreign Ministers agreed that the countries should focus on impetus and opportunities in order to accelerate implementation phases and work together to provide financial support to the Adriatic- Ionian Corridor's project.
Recalling the Joint Declaration adopted at their first meeting in Split, Croatia, on 10 February 2017, Ministers reaffirmed the importance of this strategic platform of cooperation between the three countries, as a valuable mechanism contributing to the security, stability and prosperity of the South East Europe. Albania and Croatia congratulated Montenegro for its recent accession to NATO. In this respect, the ministers expressed satisfaction and highlighted the importance of NATO continuum along the Adriatic Coast which further contributes to the stability of the Euro-Atlantic area as a whole. In addition, this will enhance security and stability of South East Europe and encourage other aspirants to continue with their reform agendas.
Ministers discussed current security challenges. They underscored the importance of joining efforts, together with other members of the Alliance, so as to bolster the response to threats to stability and security of Euro-Atlantic area. They devoted special attention to challenges aiming to derail the Euro Atlantic integration of the South East Europe and concluded that strategic communication and credible integration processes should be stepped up in order to counter those influences and strengthen resilience entrenching stability and security of South East Europe.
Ministers highlighted the paramount importance of the European enlargement to the Western Balkans as the most powerful drive towards increased prosperity and security of the entire area. Ministers of Croatia and Montenegro expressed full support for the speedy opening of EU accession talks with Albania.
Ministers reaffirmed that stability and security is a key precondition for the overall development in South East Europe. Ministers informed about current and future projects as part of national agendas in infrastructure, energy and tourism. They recalled the paramount importance of the Blue Corridor and the Ionian Adriatic Pipeline as regional projects which strategically interconnect Albania, Montenegro and Croatia. In this framework, Ministers agreed to focus on the incentives and possibilities that would help to speed up the implementation stages and work jointly to address the financial support for both projects.
Ministers reiterated, once again, that the Adriatic Trilateral is an excellent example of how likeminded countries can join their efforts to offer better synergies to the common regional agenda, as well as to effectively address internal and external challenges in South East Europe.
They agreed that the third Adriatic Trilateral Ministerial will take place in Montenegro in 2018.