The activities of the Subcommittee on Customs and Rules of Origin within CEFTA, this year chaired by the Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia included the organization of today's an official visit of senior representatives of the CEFTA Secretariat, EU Transport Community and Regional Cooperation Council to the border crossing point Tabanovce.

The successful and well-organized green corridors and priority lanes for transport of food stuff and medical equipment within CEFTA, as well as with the EU Member States were established upon the initiative of the Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia. The objective of today's event was to ascertain the joint successes in this regard, by presenting the way they function.

Faster movement of goods made possible by opening green corridors in a state of emergency and the opening of additional lanes proved to be a successful model that will continue to be applied.

Representatives of international organizations (Emir Gjikic - Director of the CEFTA Secretariat, Matej Zakojnshek - Director of the EU Transport Community, Majlinda Bregu - Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council), who accompanied by Gjoko Tanasoski, Director General of the Customs Administration and Marinko Kochovski, Director of the Sector for Border Affairs and Migration in the Ministry of Interior visited the border crossing point are in Skopje for the preparation of the Multi-annual Action Plan for regional economic area in the Western Balkans. The focus of this economic area remains digital integration, mobility, trade and investment.

The customs services in the region remain committed to promoting economic cooperation by embracing the idea of ​​creating a regional economic area and using EU infrastructure support funds in these countries.

Besides the functioning of the green corridors, the representatives of the international organizations got acquainted with the procedures of the One Stop Shop, which is applied with neighboring Republic of Serbia as of 26th August 2019 ensuring faster passenger and cargo traffic, in line with the provisions of the international agreement. Both sides continuously strive to promote and use the advantages from this way of work, the available lanes to the maximum, further adaptation of the infrastructure at the border crossing (cargo traffic) and additional technical equipment.

Colleagues from Serbia - Sasha Milenkovic, head of the Customs House Nish and Senad Radoncic, head of the Customs Office Preshevo.

As part of today's visit to the border crossing point Tabanovce, there was an official meeting was held with senior representatives of international organizations and customs colleagues from Serbia, who also discussed the concept of joint border controls ONE STOP SHOP and green corridors. They also discussed how to further develop and expand the green corridors, possibly with the EU member states. Green corridors and strong regional integration will continue to be a priority for the Customs Administration and they will be an important element in the new Regional Economic Area Action Plan 2, which is to be  adopted in November this year at the Summit in Skopje and Sofia under the Berlin Process for the Western Balkans.

The Customs Administration, as chair of the CEFTA Subcommittee, together with the CEFTA Secretariats and the Transport Community and the Regional Cooperation Council, will continue to be fully committed to intensifying the cooperation and improving the regional economic cooperation.

 

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