“Berlin Process” – Skopje: The Future of Region is EU

Ensuring the safety and security of the citizens has always been and will remain a priority for all of us. The challenges are the same, only the ways we deal with them change. Illegal migration, organized crime, arms trafficking, drugs, human trafficking, the fight against corruption are at the top of the agendas of the institutions we run. The security agenda is relatively new in the portfolio of the Berlin Process, just two years since joining the initiative during the UK presidency.” This was emphasized Friday in his speech by Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski, who hosts the conference of interior ministers of the countries of the “Berlin Process” initiative, as well as EU representatives, on the topic “National, cross-border and security of people in pandemic time: strategy, coordination and synergy between EU and Western Balkans”. Spasovski, who co-chairs the conference with the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria Christo Terziyski, pointed out that the issues of closed borders, restriction of personal freedoms in favour of collective security, discussions on the justification for relaxation or strengthening have been popular, and all this, he pointed out, is discussed and decided at the national level in accordance with the decision-making mechanisms in each national structure. The conference was also addressed by the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in the country, Rachel Galloway, who, among other things, said she expects increased coordination and cooperation in the region and abroad.