43 MAY 2006 Coming Up in June 22 June 2006, Trieste, CNC Annual Meeting of the CEI Ministers Meeting // The Committee of CEI National Coordinators will of Foreign Affairs hold its monthly meeting in Trieste back to back with the Conference on CEI Cooperation. 22 June 2006, Trieste, CECCI Presidency Preparatory Meeting // The presidents of the Chambers of Commerce of Albania, Bulgaria and Slovakia plus representatives of Unioncamere and the CEI-ES will meet to discuss the CECCI Presidency Conference and the Summit Economic Forum. 23 June 2006, Trieste, Conference on CEI Co-opera- tion // Chair- and co-chairper- The Meeting of CEI Ministers of Foreign Affairs was and of Agriculture, the CEI Energy Forum and the CEI sons of all CEI Working Groups, held in Tirana on 26 May 2006 under the Journalists’ Forum culminating in November in the National Coordinators and the staff of the CEI Secretariats will Chairmanship of Besnik Mustafaj, Minister of Foreign Summit of CEI Heads of Government and the Summit gather for the traditional annual Affairs of Albania. Representatives from all CEI Economic Forum. He expressed his satisfaction on the CEI conference devoted to Member States and ten International Organizations fact that the situation in South-eastern Europe was assessing cooperation in the region. discussed the current situation in the CEI region and becoming increasingly more stable and more secure 29 - 30 June 2006, Tirana, explored possibilities for enhanced regional coopera- and that the region was making steady progress in Meeting of CEI Ministers of tion. Minister Mustafaj opened the discussion empha- democratization and sustainable socio-economic Transport // The CEI Ministers of sising the full commitment of his country to the CEI development. He considered the CEI “an operational Transport will meet in Tirana for a Conference tackling issues Presidency. He drew attention to the various high-level structure with efficient instruments” which permitted a related to the “removal of non- Meetings to be held in Albania in the course of the co-operation that was “both concrete and project-ori- physical barriers in transport”. year, such as Meetings of the CEI Ministers of Transport ented”. The Tirana Meeting of CEI Ministers of Foreign Affairs adopted a Final Document. Here are some excerpts: “In reviewing the situation in the Region, the Ministers agreed that a number of important developments were taking place whose outcome would have a far-reaching impact for its future stability and the consolidation of democracy and market economy. This, in turn, would determine the prospects of European integration which remained a core aspiration of most CEI Member States which so far had not been able to join the European Union… (The Ministers) drew the attention to the fact that the CEI, in its more than sixteen years of existence, had succeeded in achieving a high degree of region- al ownership as demonstrated by its well-functioning intergovernmental structures, the financial contributions by all its Member States to its Co-oper- ation Fund and the commitment of those countries exercising the annually rotating CEI Presidency to the significant tasks linked to this function... Moreover, the Ministers pointed to the fundamentally demand-driven approach which the CEI used in its funding activities whose quality and quanti- ty had grown steadily over the past years.” CEINEWSLETTER Corridor VIII Road Experts Gather in Bari Top road experts from Albania, also on information provided by Bulgaria, Macedonia and Italy Member Countries. Among the first gathered in Bari in May 2006 to topics examined were the function- discuss the implementation of the al continuity for the road-freight Corridor VIII Road and Ports traffic between the Adriatic ports Network as an essential part of the (Bari-Brindisi-Durres-Vlore) and South-eastern European transna- the Black Sea ports of Burgas and tional axis. The main aim of the Varna, with the purpose of increas- meeting was to assess the state-of- ing accessibility to the regional the-art and identify priority initia- Balkan Transport Network tives of the current road route con- (Corridors X, IV and IX). necting the Adriatic Sea to the Backbone of the CEI region: Transport and National Road The final study, to be completed by Black Sea. Technical Assessment of the Road Agencies of Albania, Bulgaria, autumn 2006, will include a gen- The gathering, hosted by Fiera del Accessibility to the Albanian Ports Macedonia, Italy and Turkey). The eral assessment of the status of Levante and organised by Corridor of Durres and Vlore and to the Corridor VIII Secretariat will coor- existing infrastructures, of projects VIII Technical Secretariat, was Bulgarian Ports of Burgas and dinate the general activities of the and design processes, as well as attended by representatives of rel- Varna”. The study, to be published Motorways Working Group (MWG), the identification of priorities with- evant Ministries of Transport, the by the Corridor VIII Technical while technical coordination has in a jointly defined general coordi- ANAS-Italian Roads Agency, the Secretariat and co-funded by the been assigned to ANAS. nation project. CEI and the Bari Port Authority. It CEI, will be executed by an interna- During the first meeting, ANAS The next meeting of the Corridor was the first of a series of meet- tional Working Group comprising 2 presented a preliminary survey on VIII Motorways Working Group will ings aimed at the development of a high-level representatives per each the Corridor VIII road route based take place in Skopje, Macedonia, in study on “Corridor VIII as a participating Country (Ministries of on a recent field inspection and mid-July 2006. Addressing Asymmetries of International Transport The CEI co-finances a project on dominating the European market. I think the Adriatic area can only “General and Specific Economic become a relevant world- trade channel once inland logistic terminals Activities along Multimodal and the transport infrastructure are both economically managed and coor- Corridors Crossing the CEI Region”. dinated under common standards. On the occasion of a meeting of the How do you assess the role of the Pan-European Corridor V in the Expert Group in charge of project process of the restoration of the imbalance? implementation, its Chairman Mario PINES: Corridor V (from Venice to Kiev) is an alternative to Corridor III Pines, Professor of Banking at the (from Dresden to Kiev) when it comes to opening the Adriatic natural sea- Faculty of Economics of the way to the East-West transportation routes. By implementing an axis of University of Trieste, expressed his this kind, Mediterranean ports may become competitors to the Northern views on the preliminary findings. Range and closer southern and central European routes could be opened What is the aim of the project? up to traffic stemming from Iran, India, China and the other Eastern Asian PINES: We are trying to identify the side activities – both industrial and economies using both land and sea routes. Different instruments - a com- commercial – generated along inter-modal Pan-European Corridors and to modity exchange, a registry of electronic bills of lading, a letter of credit promote related logistic services. These side activities could be the estab- and adequate inland infrastructures - could foster such a goal. lishment of cross-border free zones, similar to the Free Port of Trieste. How do you evaluate the role of the CEI in the project? Do you envis- Several partners such as the Port Authority of Trieste, the University of age any future cooperation with this organisation? Rijeka, and the Odessa National Maritime University have collaborated on PINES: The CEI has had a key role in the implementation of the project. this project, whose results we expect to publish by October 2006. Thanks to its international experience and contacts it brought together What do you think about the position of the Adriatic area within the international partners and helped to coordinate their activities. The CEI global transport market? has financially supported the participation of international experts of CEI PINES: The overall picture of international transport shows a remarkable countries involved in the project. Taking a look at the future, I am sure that asymmetry in favour of the major Asian Ports. Regarding our continent, the CEI is the best framework in trying to establish an appropriate work- the situation of the Adriatic area is a similar one since it is crowded out ing structure to consider the asymmetric development of the European by the Northern Range Ports – such as Rotterdam, Hamburg or Antwerp - trade routes and to promote in an integrated approach its harmonisation. n. 43 May 2006 Twenty New Ninth Summit Economic Forum: Cooperation Fostering Reforms for Sustainable Growth “It is my belief that regional co-operation is the dedicated to “Fostering Reforms for Sustainable Activities key towards further economic development of Growth” and will deal with issues of reform and the Central European Region and that it provides investment for stimulating business develop- At the meeting held on 24-25 May in Tirana, excellent opportunities for all the countries”. ment in areas such as infrastructure, finance, Albania, the Committee of CEI National With these words Genc Ruli, Minister of innovation for competitiveness, entrepreneur- Coordinators approved 20 Cooperation Economy, Trade and Energy of Albania ship, regional integration and trade promotion. Activities representing a total value of explained his country’s full support for the 9th Formal sessions will be complemented by proj- 1,700.000 EUR, with the CEI’s contribution CEI Summit Economic Forum to be held on 22- ect presentations while the Round Table of the amounting to around 150.000 EUR. 23 November 2006 in the Hotel Tirana CEI Ministers of the Economic Sectors will pro- Promoting the Entrepreneurship of Women International. vide an opportunity to participants to gain rel- “Creativity and the Spirit of Enterprise - Mos As a matter of fact, the preparations for the evant and up-to-date insights into each coun- 2006” is one of the Co-operation Activities 2006 edition of this CEI flagship event are try’s economic policy. for which CEI support was decided upon. entering their peak phase. Organised in co- Organised by the Slovenian Small Business operation between the CEI Project Secretariat SEF Registration is available at www.ceinet.org Development Centre, it will bring together and the Albanian CEI Presidency, the SEF will be (Chapter 7.1.) women entrepreneurs from the SME and crafts sectors in the framework of the Food Quality and Food Safety and Rural Credit International Exhibition of Women`s Business from CEI member countries (MOS 2006) in Guarantee Schemes as New CEI Core Issues Celje, Slovenia, to discuss the development of market potential for women businesses in the in Agriculture transitional countries and exchange knowl- Fourteen Member States participated in the meeting of the CEI Working Group on Agriculture which edge and good practices. met at the FAO headquarters in Rome on 22 May 2006. On their agenda was the identification of the new priority areas to be included in the CEI Plan of Action 2007-2009. They opted in favor of Analysing Investment Regulations The CEI is also lending its financial support to food quality and food safety as well as rural credit guarantee schemes to replace the current core the project entitled “Streamlining issues, namely micro-credit and wholesale markets. Regulations and Administrative Procedures The Working Group also analyzed the recent developments in the CEI-FAO EastAgri Network as well for Greenfield Investment” conducted within as in an FAO-led project on wholesale markets in Ukraine, co-financed by the CEI within its Know- the framework of the OECD Investment how Exchange Programme. The prospects for further CEI-FAO collaboration were considered to be Compact. This project focuses on improving excellent. Opportunities for future CEI activities in fields such as biotechnologies and food quality the regulatory process in South-eastern European countries with regard to foreign within the forthcoming 7th Framework Programme were pointed out by the representative of the investment, especially in the context of European Commission, DG Research. administrative requirements for so-called EastAgri’s Annual Meeting 2006 was held in Berlin on 4-5 May. It is a platform for financial insti- Greenfield investment (expansion of existing tutions investing in agriculture and agribusiness in Central and Eastern Europe. Senior government facilities creating new production capacity, officials from the region, private sector executives, representatives from International Financial jobs and transferring technology) through case-study analysis and workshops involving Institutions, the European Commission and development agencies attended the event sponsored by policy recommendations and exchange of FAO, the CEI, the EBRD, and the World Bank, and hosted by the German Corporation for Technical experience. Cooperation (GTZ). Special attention was paid to obstacles limiting the development of the agricul- For more information on approved projects: tural sector in Ukraine as well as on adjustments Western Balkan countries need to make in order www.ceinet.org to integrate their agricultural markets into European Union markets. Boulevard Gjergj Fishta 6, Tirana Secretariat for CEI Projects CEI - Executive Secretariat Square, London, EC2A 2JN Other useful CEI addresses Ministry of Foreign Affairs CEI Presidency : Albania email : email@example.com tel + 39 040 7786777 tel + 44 207 3386152 fax +44 207 3386538 fax + 39 040 360640 fax + 355462084/85 firstname.lastname@example.org monthly published by EBRD, One Exchange email@example.com 34121 Trieste, Italy Paoluccg@ebrd.com tel +3554225104 United Kingdom firstname.lastname@example.org www.mfa.gov.al www.ceinet.org Via Genova 9, Subscription Raising Awareness on the CEI UniNet among Students from Central and South-eastern Europe On 30 May, the University of Trieste hosted “The Central European Activities for Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans (University of Initiative Meeting”, a joint endeavour of the University of Trieste and the Padua) and Prof. Inchingolo on the Spring School on “ICT, Economical and CEI Executive Secretariat for promoting the CEI and its University Network Organizational Issues for E-health Integration in the Enlarged Europe” (CEI UniNet). (University of Trieste). Dorian Jano (Albania), a CEI UniNet scholarship hol- It was also an opportunity to meet hundreds of students from Central and der of MIREES, highlighted that “studying in a Western country was my South-eastern Europe currently dream and I think that it still is a enrolled at the University of Trieste dream for a great number of stu- and to raise awareness on CEI dents coming from our region. The UniNet scholarship opportunities. question I want to raise here is how The meeting was chaired by Prof. many of us wish to go and study in Domenico Romeo, Rector of the the countries of Central and South- University of Trieste. Ambassador Eastern Europe. The answer is not Harald Kreid, Director General of difficult to guess: Few or an almost the CEI Executive Secretariat (CEI- insignificant number of students ES), gave an overall presentation wish to do so. There could be many on the CEI, its history, mandate and reasons for this but I think that the its principle instruments of co- most decisive of all is the negative Rector Romeo addressing the students during the CEI meeting operation; Giulietta del Fabbro, perceptions we have about ‘our Senior Executive Officer of the CEI-ES, explained the functioning of the CEI neighbours’. Educational initiatives aiming at students’ mobility in our University Network which was further illustrated by the Coordinators of region are the best manner to change such perceptions and the MIREES three approved Joint Programmes: programme has achieved this goal. This Master’s programme brings toge- Prof. Stefano Bianchini spoke on the Interdisciplinary Master’s in East ther students from all-over the region. It offers not only an interdisciplina- European Studies (MIREES - University of Bologna); Prof. Francesco Russo ry and international academic environment, for me it is also an important on the Master’s in Planning and Management of Co-operation and Training forum for a meaningful dialogue among young students”. Classification Issues in Tourism Information The CEI supported Seminar and Workshop on “Classification and Quality in Hospitality Industry – with the Accent on CEI Staff on Hotels”, held in Opatija on 8-9 May, was one of five activities directly emanating from the Working Group As of 1 May 2006, Ms. Ariola Shehaj, seconded by the on Tourism. The other projects regard nautical tourism, activities in protected areas, eco-tourism and the devel- Chamber of Commerce and opment of tourist centres under UNESCO protection hosted by Hungary, Macedonia and Montenegro. During its Industry of Albania, has taken 20th meeting in Zagreb, on 23 May, the Working Group agreed on two new core issues for the CEI Plan of Action on her duties as Liaison Officer of the Central European 2007-2009: conceptual frameworks for tourism development and enriching the tourism offer with new prod- Chambers of Commerce ucts. Initiative.