Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srđan Darmanović, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania, Ditmir Bushati, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Marija Pejčinović Burić met in Budva, Montenegro on July 20th 2018 for the third Adriatic Trilateral Meeting.
Ministers recalled the Joint Declaration adopted at their previous meetings and reaffirmed the strategic importance of cooperation for development of these three countries in the field of security, stability and prosperity of the South East Europe.
During the meeting they expressed strong support to the decision of the Council of European Union that sets out the path towards opening accession negotiations in June 2019 with Albania and Macedonia. In that regard, ministers highlighted the importance of cooperation and experience sharing towards full regional integration into the EU and expressed gratitude to Croatia for continuous generous help and support to Montenegro and Albania in their integration processes.
Ministers agreed to work jointly towards including Montenegro and Albania in the Three Seas Initiative (Adriatic – Baltic – Black Sea) projects, recognizing that initiative as one of the most important mechanisms for fostering of security and economic development in Central, Eastern and South – Eastern Europe.
It was also recalled the paramount importance of the Ionian Adriatic Pipeline as regional project which strategically interconnect Albania, Montenegro and Croatia and strengthens energy independence of South East Europe. 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 the project.
The Three Seas Initiative is one of the most valuable mechanisms of action to support the economic development of Central and Southeastern Europe. It’s closely connected with the infrastructure of the One Belt-One Road Initiative, which is one of the foundations of cooperation in the 16 + 1 format.