Statement by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of a Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic during a assembly of a Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of a Western Balkans Fund hold currently in Sarajevo:
Ladies and gentlemen,
It gives me good pleasure to residence we during a second assembly of a Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of a Western Balkans Fund.
The Fund currently represents a many active component of informal cooperation, that will, we am confident, intentionally pave a approach for team-work in a fields of culture, scholarship and research, girl exchanges and strengthening of tolerable growth in a approach that other regions of Europe used to come together and raise their team-work in a past. Let us not forget that a WBF is a singular team-work resource in a Western Balkan segment that falls wholly in a cunning of Ministers of Foreign Affairs. It is therefore a singular apparatus accessible to us, wielding change that can assistance move about discernible certain changes.
Following a initial and initial assembly in Sep final year in Bled, a new EC plan for a Western Balkans has been announced, that additionally reassured us that this project, despite not categorically mentioned, a same as Regional Youth Cooperation Office, represents a pioneering bid bringing a segment closer to Europe and, maybe even some-more importantly, compelling bargain and ties in a Western Balkans. we trust that a Fund will soon, by a support to petrify projects, minister to improving a picture of a segment in European institutions and EU Member States. Serbia is prepared to boost a annual grant to a Fund in sequence to make it even some-more operational and relevant.
I am really proud, dear colleagues, that polite multitude organizations in Serbia entirely famous a opportunities offering by a WBF and responded to a initial open call for plan financing by submitting some-more than 80 projects. The fact that they are during a tip of a list demonstrates not usually their outrageous seductiveness in such opportunities though also a Secretariat’s superb imagination and capabilities. we would like to demonstrate my appreciation of a work they did so far. Let me make a small bit personal note here – we wish that a subsequent open call will be responded by some reduction famous non-governmental organizations from my nation and a whole region, reduction expected to attract financial resources though whose projects are of equal value with those of their comparison sister organizations with some-more sound names.
I would like to appreciate a countries of a Visegrad Group, desiring that all of us here share this view, for their invariable efforts and financial support, and to a International Visegrad Fund for their useful and immeasurable knowledge but that a Fund would not be what it is now.
I design that we shall strech accord currently also on a critical emanate of doubling a contributions so that a Fund could serve rise in 2018 and beyond. Let us not forget that such corner preference might infer to be critical in terms of enlivening third celebration contributions in allege of a arriving Western Balkans Summit in London.
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