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Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 

Minister Sugareski: Western Balkans' integration into EU for improved transport services

Minister Sugareski: Western Balkans

Skopje, 6 December 2017 (MIA) - The treaty on the establishment of a transport community should ensure alignment of the region's transport sector with the EU's, serving as affirmation of the EU's commitment to the enlargement policy, Minister of Transport and Communications Goran Sugareski said in an address at ministerial meeting of Western Balkan countries, members of the Transport Community, held in Brussels.

At the meeting, also attended by European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, Sugareski said that full harmonization of the country's legislation with the EU's acquis  was necessary not only for the sake of Macedonia's aspirations to join the EU, but also - first and foremost - to improve transport services in the interest of beneficiaries and service providers, the Ministry of Transport and Communications said Wednesday in a statement.

"Considering benefits, challenges and expectations from the upcoming implementation of the Treaty, first of all I would like to say that it is in line with the ongoing integration process of Macedonia and our aspirations to join the Union. Additionally, globalization and inter-dependence of the economies, especially those in Europe, in all sectors, including transportation, presents an additional push for reforms that will come as a result of the Treaty's implementation," Sugareski said.

The establishment of the Transport Community, he added, will accelerate reforms and liberalize Western Balkan markets. On the long run, it will contribute to improved efficiency and low costs of transportation services, according to the Minister.

Sugareski also attended the 13th meeting of transport ministers as part of the SEETO network.

Minister Sugareski is part of the government delegation, led by PM Zoran Zaev, that is paying a working visit to Brussels. ba/17:59

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