Prime Minister Rama held today a coordination meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Mustafa and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić to discuss the importance of the construction of the Nish-Pristina-Durres highway. The meeting was attended by the leaders of the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and the EIB (European Investment Bank), as well as by the Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz and Commissioner Hahn.

Prime Minister Rama noted that big infrastructure projects, whether the highway Nis-Pristina-Durres, whether the Adriatic-Ionian highway, are European projects which promote the interconnection of the Western Balkan countries. In this context, it is important that the construction of these two projects starts as soon as possible. For this reason, expertise and financial support of the European Commission and financial institutions as EBRD and EIB are needed. The construction of these two highways will increase trade exchanges in the Western Balkan region and promote tourism among these countries.

In addition to stressing the importance of the Nish-Pristina-Durres highway, Prime Minister Vučić said that thanks to this project, Belgrade will be connected to Pristina in less than three hours, while the port of Durres will become the nearest sea location for Serbia.

The feasibility study for both projects is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2016, while the EBRD and the EIB, in cooperation with the institutions of the European Union, will assist in the financing of these two highways that will link Albania with neighboring countries and the European Union.