- Monday, June 11, 2018 5:47 PM
Skopje, 11 June 2018 (MIA) - We are laying cornerstone of the joint border crossing and we are literally laying cornerstone of the joint building of the two countries, which injects the whole project with an important political dimension of the exceptionally good relations between Macedonia and Kosovo constantly being enhanced with such projects.
This was stated Monday by Deputy PM for European affairs Bujar Osmani addressing a cornerstone laying ceremony marking the construction of the Belanovce-Stancic border crossing between Macedonia and Kosovo.
Osmani noted the importance of the project for the local population both in the Lipkovo municipality in Macedonia and in Gnjilane, Kosovo, the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA) said.
"The project will help the citizens of these two municipalities and those in the proximity communicate better, which in fact constitutes a basic precondition to increase trade exchange and economic cooperation between these regions. The project will also play a vital role in improving overall trade and economic cooperation between the two countries," stated Osmani.
The Deputy PM pointed out other EU-funded, cross-border cooperation projects between Macedonia and Kosovo. Projects worth millions of euros are under way and in the coming period, over eight million euros are put at disposal for projects until 2020.
In addition to Deputy PM Osmani, the cornerstone-laying ceremony was attended by Kosovo Deputy Premier Enver Hoxhaj, Samuel Zbogar, EU Ambassador to Macedonia, Nataliya Apostolova, Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, ministers, mayors from Macedonia and Kosovo, etc. ba/17:45
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