- Title: Serbia, Albania, N.Macedonia agree to allow passport-free travel
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: NOVI SAD, SERBIA (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** NORTH MACEDONIAN PRIME MINISTER ZORAN ZAEV AND SERBIAN PRESIDENT ALEKSANDAR VUCIC SHAKING HANDS JOURNALISTS FILMING ALBANIAN PRIME MINISTER EDI RAMA SHAKING HANDS WITH VUCIC JOURNALIST FILMING RAMA, VUCIC, AND ZAEV SITTING AROUND TABLE
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 14:48
- Keywords: Balkans Passport-free travel cross border deal economic area Albania Edi Rama Serbia North Macedonia Aleksandar Vucic Zoran Zaev
- Location: NOVI SAD, SERBIA
- City: NOVI SAD, SERBIA
- Country: Serbia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IKTH5
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The leaders of Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia agreed on Thursday (October 10) to allow passport-free travel for their citizens by 2021 and a speedier cross-border flow of goods to boost regional economic development.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a joint news conference with the prime ministers of Albania and North Macedonia that the three countries wanted to make it possible for people only to show national identification "at most" when crossing the countries' shared borders.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said the aim was for people living in the region to travel freely and said it had the same principle as the EU's passport-free Schengen zone.
North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said the agreement would make the region more attractive for living and working for citizens as well as for foreign investors.
The move is not a specific requirement of the EU but comes at a time when there is growing resistance within the bloc to further enlargement.
Six Western Balkan countries - Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia - hope to join the European Union, but their accession has been slowed down by Brexit and other factors.
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