Ljajic: "Little Schengen" no new Yugoslavia

Serbian Deputy PM Rasim Ljajic says the latest initiative aimed at connecting all Western Balkan economies, dubbed the "Little Schengen" initiative, has been accompanied by too much politicisation and too little of a pragmatic and rational approach from the outset.

14 Novembar 2019 14:01

BELGRADE - Serbian Deputy PM Rasim Ljajic says the latest initiative aimed at connecting all Western Balkan economies, dubbed the "Little Schengen" initiative, has been accompanied by too much politicisation and too little of a pragmatic and rational approach from the outset.

In an article published by Politika on Thursday, Ljajic noted the initiative should be viewed "solely through the economic prism."

"The political benefit is primarily reflected in stabilisation of the Western Balkans and the creation of a climate that would facilitate the resolution of political problems and open issues from the past."

"We in the region have tried everything, from hatred and nationalism to wars; the only thing we have not tried yet is being normal and pragmatic," Ljajic noted.

"This is in no way the creation of a new alliance, a new Yugoslavia, a new 'Balkania', but a sublimation and a revival of all regional initiatives that have existed to date, from the CEFTA to the Regional Cooperation Council and the Berlin Process, which are based on free flow of people, goods, ideas and capital," he wrote.


Photo: Tanjug/R.Prelic, file

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