Budva, 8 May 2019 (MIA) – North Macedonia will be able to directly access EU funds for projects that improve regional connectivity, environmental quality, and sustainable tourism, according to the Adriatic and Ionian Council which held a session in Budva, Montenegro.
The country’s membership in the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative “is a result of the first steps of goodwill and building of trust that preceded the Prespa Agreement, including the renaming of the Skopje airport and the highway to Greece,” wrote the Government in a press release.
Those decisions, along with the name dispute resolution, have created opportunities for North Macedonia to access EU funds that all citizens can benefit from, the release reads.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrej Zhernovski attended the Budva session of the Adriatic and Ionian Council.
He also took part in the Fourth Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).
North Macedonia has been a member of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative since May 2018.
The initiative was established in 2000 to strengthen regional cooperation, promote political and economic stability, and facilitate the enlargement of the EU in the Western Balkans. mr/16:55