“The region wants to be one. An open Balkans is the best message the region can bring. Open Balkans not only promotes regional cooperation but also achieves regional cooperation. Your regional cooperation is good for both the EU and the Western Balkans,” stated EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi in his welcoming address online at a meeting of the initiative being held in Tirana. “Keep the doors of this initiative open. I invite the other three countries, Montenegro, BiH and Kosovo. I support your initiative,” he adds. “Infrastructure connection will have no point, if trucks and vehicles stop at every border, there is no point in creating an investment climate, if diplomas are not recognized, there is no point in investment climate if there is no free movement of goods, services, capital,” he said. Regarding EU enlargement, he said there had been progress with Serbia-Montenegro in this regard this year, expressing regret that the first intergovernmental conferences with North Macedonia and Albania had not been opened.