Second Ministerial Meeting of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and FYROM opening in Thessaloniki
The proceedings of the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are opening in Thessaloniki on Wednesday at the initiative of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.
Greece’s aim is to promote sincere and open dialogue among the South Balkan countries, and as such the main agenda includes cross-border cooperation on a variety of issues including security and energy.
This initiative of Greek diplomacy is part of a wider strategy to strengthen regional stability in the Balkans and by extension in the greater Southeast Mediterranean, and part of a series of similar regional cooperation initiatives promoted by the Greek side over the last two years that have brought significant results.
Wednesday’s agenda is to establish institutionalized cooperation between the states of the region on challenging issues of strategic importance, such as the tackling of extremism, terrorism, and radicalization, fighting organized crime, and the consequences of the migration crisis, which are still actively affecting all Balkan states to a greater or lesser degree.
Participants will also examine the options of further cooperation on issues such as firefighting, including inter-country assistance, and of promoting collaboration in the energy sector, particularly in strengthening energy security and interconnectivity energy networks.