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BELGRADE (Serbia), January 30 (SeeNews) – Serbia expects the Transport Community of the Western Balkans to open its headquarters in Belgrade in June, infrastructure minister Zorana Mihajlovic said on Wednesday.
Serbia's government will provide full support to the headquarters of the Transport Community of the Western Balkans in Belgrade which will become operational in June, Mihajlovic said in a video file posted on the website of news agency Tanjug.
"The newly-created secretariat will have a huge responsibility in helping all Western Balkans countries in achieving their transport goals and become part of the European Union's transport market," Alain Baron, representative of the European Commission (EC), said.
In July 2018, the European Union and Serbia agreed to establish the headquarters of the Transport Community of the Western Balkans in Belgrade. The decision was taken by the transport ministers of the countries participating in the initiative and was confirmed in December 2017 during the first meeting of the EU-Western Balkans Council for the Transport Community in Brussels.
The European Commission signed a Transport Community Treaty with Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia at a summit in Trieste, Italy, in July 2017. Bosnia and Herzegovina signed the treaty in September of that year.
The key objective of the treaty is a deeper integration of the Western Balkan region with the EU transport market towards common standards, network efficiency and quality of service offered to citizens and businesses.