To ensure better movement of people and trade and to facilitate traffic across the state border between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia, Protocols on the implementation of the Agreement on establishing joint controls at the border crossing point for international road traffic Tabanovce (Republic of North Macedonia) - Preshevo (Republic of Serbia) between the competent institutions of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia were signed today (20.8.2019) in Skopje.

Today's signing of the Protocols follows after the signing of the Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia in Belgrade on 12th July on establishing joint controls at the border crossing point for international road traffic Tabanovce-Preshevo by Minister Oliver Spasovski and his Serbian colleague Nebojsha Stefanovic . At today's signing ceremony, the delegations were led by the State Secretaries of the two Ministries: Magdalena Nestorovska M.A and Milosav Milichkovic M.A.

Customs Director General Gjoko Tanasoski MSc, emphasized in his address that the establishment of joint controls is one of the objectives of the Multiannual Action Plan for creation of a Western Balkans Regional Economic Area, adopted at the Trieste Summit in July 2017, that in line with the Berlin process, involving the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia in order to ensure easier and faster movement of people and goods across state borders, At the end of his address he expressed gratitude to the Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia and the two Governments for their unreserved support this initiative to become a reality and an example of strong bilateral and regional cooperation. "One stop shop is a project we are very proud of and I sincerely hope that be a good example to all countries in the region.

The signing of protocols for implementation of the Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia establishing joint controls at the border crossing point for international road traffic is evidence that joint forces, cooperation and involvement of institutions ultimately result in a success that will benefit the citizens of both states, ”said M.A. Nestorovska.

Secretary of State Milichkovic said that the Presevo-Tabanovce border crossing is one of the busiest border crossings, especially in summer when a large number of citizens of the Republic of Serbia head to Greece, and hence the one-stop shop will significantly reduce the waiting times at the border. "The establishment of joint control will directly benefit the citizens of Serbia and North Macedonia. This is a clear indication that the leaderships of both countries brings solutions to the daily problems of the citizens, "Milickovic said. The" One stop shop" at BCP Tabanovce-Preshevo after completing the other formalities, will soon become operational.

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