A Series of National Consultation Meetings Organized in the Western Balkan Region

December 22, 2017

GIZ together with ITC has held six national consultation meetings in the period November – December 2017. National consultation meetings were held in six WB Parties: North Macedonia, Kosovo*, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro. The event was organized as a three-day consultation meeting with the representatives of both the metals (i.e. iron and steel) and vegetables sectors. Likewise, the last day a meeting was held with the representatives of public administrations of the respective countries. The aim of these meetings was to identify and understand the market access barriers present at national and regional levels in these two sectors. Some of the issues reported by the private sector, and later on validated by the public sector representatives concern lack of standards’ alignment, issues caused by lack of adequate infrastructure, lack of recognition of phytosanitary certificates and similar. These meetings were an introductory step to organizing the Regional Business Advisory Group (RBAG) meetings and the preparation of national and regional reports on NTMs, which should result in recommendations for eliminating the most trade distortive barriers in CEFTA.


*This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and ICJ Advisory opinion on Kosovo declaration of independence
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