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Albania, N. Macedonia to set up joint economic zone

Albania, N. Macedonia to set up joint economic zone Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama and North Macedonia's prime minister Zoran Zaev, Albanian Government/All Rights Reserved

TIRANA (Albania), March 14 (SeeNews) – Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama has agreed with his North Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev to establish a joint economic zone on the border between the two countries, the Albanian government said.

Trade exchange between the two countries increased 11% year-on-year in 2018, Rama said, as quoted in a government statement on Wednesday, after receiving Zoran Zaev in Tirana.

For his part, Zaev said the two governments have the obligation to introduce single control at the border checkpoints, reducing by 20% traffic times for people and goods.

The two prime ministers expressed their confidence that the European Union (EU) will open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia in June.

The Council of the EU granted the status of candidate country to Albania in 2014 and to Macedonia in 2015.