Minister Jadarka Joksimovic expects concrete steps after the Trieste Summit

12. July 2017. | Trieste

Minister Jadarka Joksimovic expects concrete steps after the Trieste Summit

Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimovic said today, ahead of the Trieste Summit within the framework of the Berlin Process, that the Republic of Serbia has high level representatives at this meeting, that it is fully prepared, and that she is certain that some concrete steps will be made and implemented after the Summit.

Joksimovic pointed out that the Berlin Process has two dimensions, recalling that it was initiated as part of the political process of connecting the countries of the Western Balkans, with a view to achieving common progress in the economy through better interconnectivity in infrastructure, transport, and energy sector, so as to create a better atmosphere for political communication and for better functioning of the entire region on its path to European integration.

All of them are at different stages on this path. The Republic of Serbia is at a rather advanced stage of European integration, which is not the case with everyone else. That is why it was important for us to know that the Berlin Process is not a substitute for the actual European integration process, but rather a preparation for better economic and infrastructural interconnectivity of the region, which will also reduce political tensions, the minister said in a statement to Tanjug.

According to her, the other side of the Berlin Process, which the Trieste Summit is now more focused on, is how the state can provide better logistics for more investments and more new jobs through the development of the infrastructure and cooperation of governments in the region.

That is what people are interested in, Joksimovic said, adding that the infrastructure must have some purpose.

Energy and transport interconnectivity also implies better logistics for potential investors, the minister said today in a short conversation with Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

She recalled that the countries of the region, individually, are insufficiently interesting to investors, but 20 million people do make a very important market, so in that sense, the role of the state, the government and all of us who attend the meeting is to provide better logistics for companies that want to invest in Serbia, to open new jobs.

The state itself cannot open new jobs, but it can provide better business conditions, reduce administrative barriers in the region so that we can conduct business better and more easily, and to cross borders more easily, she explained.

She reminded that the essence of European integration is deep integration, and for this one needs to be prepared, trained and taught.

I think that we, in the region, can do this among ourselves and thus be better prepared. These are the components of the Berlin Process. I think that the focus is now back on the infrastructural interconnectivity, which is very good because it represents the logistics for new investments, employment, better connectivity of people, she stressed.

The minister added that the Republic of Serbia has shown its active participation, pointing out that the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Construction, Infrastructure and Transport, as well as she who is responsible for European integration and coordination of European funds, have all arrived at the Summit.

She said that it should be assessed which objectives are sustainable and realistic, and are of interest not only to us but also to others in the region.

This will make it better and easier to get more money from the European funds. If we make a realistic list of projects, and not a wish list, then we can acquire more money from the European funds, and that will be felt by the citizens of the Republic of Serbia. That is what motivates us to participate actively here, she noted.

Joksimovic noted that European Commissioner Hahn said that the European Commission will allocate additional resources and that we should be prepared with good projects, either in the field of road or energy infrastructure, or youth connectivity.

Source: Tanjug




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