J. Joksimović: Priority during Adriatic-Ionian Initiative chairmanship – transport and energy infrastructure
May 08 2019 | Budva
Serbian Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović has said in Budva today that the priority of Serbia’s chairmanship of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative will be transport and energy infrastructure, as well as the reduction of imbalance between the funds for EU countries, on one hand, and for potential candidate countries, on the other.
Speaking at the EU Forum for Adriatic-Ionian Region, Joksimović has said that, even though there are many regional initiatives, when it comes to results, she is not sure they yield concrete results.
“This means that we have to be more dedicated and show greater devotion, but the EU must also show greater commitment”, emphasised Joksimović, adding that she is disappointed that no EU commissioner has come to Budva to attend the forum, because, according to her, commitment to European macro-regional strategies is very important.
The Minister has said that most regional initiatives are often unnecessarily filled with open bilateral issues that do not belong to such formats and thus become politically abused.
The Adriatic-Ionian Initiative is a good example of a politically clean and clear initiative, emphasised Joksimović, adding that the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative has not so far been over-politicised or politically abused.
She has said that, during its chairmanship, Serbia will continue acting in the same spirit and direction, which she has emphasised as very important “for all in this interesting region”.
“During its chairmanship, Serbia will focus on transport infrastructure, as well as energy infrastructure, which is one of the most important goals and pillars of the European macro-strategy and the Adriatic-Ionian strategy”, emphasised the Minister.
According to Joksimović, one of the important strategy principles known as the Three Nos - no new legislation, no new funding ,no new institutions, poses a problem because there is no clear and visible balance between the funds of member states and the funds of candidate countries.
“Our priority will also be to try to find a way to reduce the imbalance between the funds for member states, on one hand, and for potential candidate countries, on the other”, added Joksimović.
We have a whole year ahead for three ‘Yeses’, which means better cooperation, better communication and better utilization of funds, concluded Joksimović.