The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, inaugurated the new border checkpoint with Montenegro.
The Montenegrin PM, Zdravko Krivokapic, and Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic were also present at the ceremony.
Rama emphasized the importance of an open economic area in the Balkans, something that Albania has already agreed with Serbia and North Macedonia.
“This is a good day, as another wall falls down between Albania and Montenegro. It is a good day also for those who use this road, who will now cross it in a more dignified manner. But it is not enough to build a dignified infrastructure if we don’t remove all the tariff barriers, in order to allow citizens to cross without waiting at the border crossing. Although the conditions here are of a European level, trucks will have to wait a long time for the procedures. This has to change”, the Albanian PM declared.
Rama reminded that he discussed with Abazovic about the construction of the Buna River, but he reiterated that it will not be of great use building tourist infrastructure when there will be more checks.
“I hope that with the construction of the bridge we can also bring down the other barriers so that people should not feel they are crossing a country, just as it happened with the EU. We are not inventing anything new. All it requires is commitment”, Rama declared.