Albania ratified the agreement with Northern Macedonia on joint border crossing points

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Today, the Albanian Parliament ratified the agreement between Albania and Northern Macedonia on the establishment of joint border crossing points between the two countries. The session began with a minute of silence in honor of the victims of the accident in Bulgaria, where 44 people from Northern Macedonia lost their lives, and then continued with discussions on the agreement and other draft laws.

The draft law "On the ratification of the agreement between the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania and the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia on the establishment of joint border crossing points" was approved by 127 votes in favor, none against and two abstentions, by 140 deputies has the Assembly of Albania.

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Albania, Bledar Çuçi, speaking at the session on the agreement on common border crossing points, said that it is an agreement that creates an instrument that will greatly facilitate, whether the passage of citizens between the two countries, as well also of goods and services.

"At the same time, this agreement will improve the conditions for a more intelligent control of border crossing points, bringing them as close as possible to the EU standards. This agreement has been initiated, discussed and coordinated between the parties, taking into account the ever-increasing flow of citizens and goods between our two countries. We believe that this will fulfill the goal of improving the regional transport infrastructure and the wider European space ", said Minister Çuçi.

The MP of the Socialist Party of Albania, Denis Deliu, during his speech at the session said that the agreement responds to the will to further strengthen and develop cooperation between the two countries.

"The agreement creates advantages in facilitating the movement of citizens and vehicles across the border, for the most effective registration and control. It affects the strengthening and expansion of the cooperation for the fulfillment of the common security interests, as well as brings the improvement of the fast exchange of information and intensifies the police cooperation ", said Deliu.

According to the Government of Albania, the agreement that was signed on June 10, 2021, was initiated in the framework of joint commitments of the two governments, in order to simplify and facilitate the procedures related to border controls and taking into account the increasing flow of citizens and goods between the two countries, writes TV21

Also, the aim is to facilitate the movement of citizens and vehicles while crossing the border, both in the registration part and in the control part.

The Assembly also approved the draft law "On the ratification of the financing agreement between Albania, Northern Macedonia and the European Commission, for the IPA II Cross-Border Cooperation Action Program, Northern Macedonia - Albania 2014-2020, allocations for 2020".

Meanwhile, the Albanian Parliament approved the draft law on "Budget of 2022", which extends the financial effects from January 1, 2022.

The draft laws in question, after being decreed by the President of Albania, Ilir Meta, will enter into force 15 days after their publication in the "Official Gazette".