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24 JUN 2008

Political and economic situation in South Eastern Europe topic of European policy summit, with RCC Secretary General's participation

SARAJEVO/BRUSSELS – The Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Hido Biscevic participated today in the European Policy Summit "A Balkans Balance Sheet" focusing on current political and economic situation affecting the Western Balkans.

Secretary General Biscevic outlined the work and structure of the RCC and its role in the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integration in South East Europe.

"Active cooperation with the European Commission is key to keeping the dynamism in the realisation of major economic, infrastructure and other projects in the region", said Biscevic while talking about the challenges the Western Balkans is facing.

Referring to the current discussions within the EU following the outcome of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Biscevic emphasised the importance of continuing the enlargement process.

"I expect that the completion of the accession negotiations between the EU and Croatia will be an incentive to the European Union to complete its own institutional reform."

The Summit, organised by Friends of Europe, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the OECD, included participation of Ollie Rehn, Sali Berisha, Milo Djukanovic, Hashim Thachi, Antonio Milososki, Martin Bartenstein and other high-level officials dealing with South East Europe.

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