After the ending of the Regional Economic Forum in Skopje on July 29, where three treaties were signed, together with the agreement about the abolishing of border control between the three countries in 2023, the leaders of North Macedonia, Albania and Serbia advocated the strengthening of mutual cooperation and called on others in the region to join them.
Speaking at the joint news conference, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama urged the skeptics in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, who have been refusing for two years now to join the initiative which has so far been referred to as "Mini Schengen" and is now called "Open Balkans," to say what was bad in their joining the initiative "where they will cooperate, be able to fight against natural disasters together, to have a joint system and appear together where needed."
The prime minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, stated that the Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian peoples shared the same path, vision and European values, and that they were moving forward together. "The Balkans has been surrounded by walls for long enough. Instead of walls, we built new bridges today."
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated that Serbia would be a reliable partner to North Macedonia and Albania "on the path of coming together, regional stability and better life for all citizens."