Macedonia, Kosovo Sign Border Agreement

Macedonian Minister of Local Government Musa Xhaferi and Kosovo Minister of Local Administration Sadri Ferati on Monday signed an agreement on border cooperation.

The treaty on the Program for Cross-Border Cooperation between Macedonia and Kosovo is part of the strategic projects funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) programme.

Ministers signed an agreement worth €1.2 million which includes the construction of a new border crossing point at Belanovce-Stancic.

“The aim of the project is to enhance cooperation among people, municipalities, institutions and organisations in the border areas in order to promote economic development, environment and social cohesion,” Minister Xhaferi said.

“This is a historical agreement on cooperation between Macedonia and Kosovo, and I hope that there will be additional funding,” Minister Ferati said.

Some 32 Macedonian municipalities from the three regions, Skopje, Polog, Northeast, and Skopje City areas will be included in the cross-border cooperation with Kosovo.

Minister Xhaferi claimed that there are other projects for which the authorities will issue tenders worth €1.8 million.

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