Central European Initiative to remove economic and trade barriers

THE CENTRAL European Initiative (CEI) should focus on removing current economic and trade barriers among its member countries, Slovak Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan said at a May 27 CEI meeting in the High Tatra resort town of Tatranská Lomnica (Poprad region), the TASR news agency reported.

Kukan said that Slovakia, which currently presides over the CEI, lays stress on improving the dialogue between CEI members.

"Liberalization of trade, harmonization of trade policy, direct foreign investment, implementation of strategic projects in transport, tourism, and the support of small- and medium-sized businesses, should be the central interests of each member state," he noted.

The CEI includes seven EU members as well as non-EU members. It was created in 1989 as a regional forum for supporting European integration and economic changes in Central and South-eastern European countries in transition.

Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Macedonia, Moldavia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Serbia and Monte Negro are members.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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