On January 21st ,on the occasion of 2019 Western Balkans Fund (WBF) Prishtina Chairmanship in Office, WBF Executive Director, Mr. Gjergj Murra and Program Manager Ms. Dafina Beqiri were received in Prishtina by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Behgjet Pacolli.
During the visit of the WBF Executive Director in Prishtina , also a consultation with officials from MFA , in charge with WBF chairmanship in office took place.
The meetings were focused on the progress achieved by WBF, the implementation of the project financed by the Fund aiming to nurture regional cooperation in Western Balkans through joint activities and common projects of civil society and other regional stakeholders. In this context the officials from Prishtina informed about their program of activities during 2019 with special focus in organizing the next Conference of WBF Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Both parties agreed to continue their communication and to work closely in achieving the already agreed objectives for the Fund during 2019.
As the Fund’s main objective is to boost cooperation between its members, to strengthen relations and regional cohesion, to advance integration into the European Union, WBF continues to be one of the key drivers in demonstrating a stable support and promotion towards regional cooperation.
To this end WBF also finances small and medium projects in key areas like Education and Scientific exchanges, Cultural cooperation, Cross-border and youth cooperation, Sustainable Development.
The WBF established since 2015 consists of six Contracting Parties from the Region, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, otherwise known as WB6.
This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence