Central European Summit held in Albania

Albania’s prime minister and senior officials from 18 central and southeast European countries were met on Friday in Albania’s capital to discuss closer cooperation, promotion of business links and improving standards.

Prime ministers and senior officials of the Central European Initiative, or CEI, created 17 years ago to strengthen ties between the region and the European Union, and representatives from international institutions gathered in Albania, which holds the organization’s annual rotating presidency.

The two-day meeting gathered together about 800 business leaders and officials from participating countries to build alliances and trade relations, a statement said.

Participants will speak on the regional development, cooperation, speeding up reforms aimed at meeting EU and NATO standards.

“The event will focus on reforms and investments for stimulating business development, with particular attention to infrastructure, finance, investments, innovation for competitiveness, entrepreneurship, regional integration and trade promotion,” the statement said.

Participating countries included Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Seven CEI member states are EU members, and Bulgaria and Romania will join next year.
Source: Serbianna

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