“The first ever Western Balkans Digital Summit, bringing together Prime Ministers and Ministers responsible for digital agenda from the Western Balkans (WB), EU Berlin Process participants, European Commission (EC), Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), representatives of IT industries and businesses, academia, and youth, opened in Skopje today.

The Digital Summit, as one of the Digital Integration components of the RCC-developed Multi-Annual Action Plan on a Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) for the WB6 is envisaged as an annual event that is to combine existing efforts and develop recommendations for the future cooperation among the region’s economies, focusing on the essential topics of building a digital future: trust, security, e-government, industry, society and the economy.

The Summit was opened with the WB Prime Ministers panel on integrating the WB6 in the pan-European digital market, followed by the presentation and ministerial political reflection of the regional study on impact of digitalization on prosperity of the WB.

At the opening of the Summit, the host, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev expressed great pleasure to host the first regional Digital Summit for the Western Balkans, which is to begin the era of Digital Integration of the region.

‘Digital Revolution will remove geographic borders. This global economic trend provides enormous possibilities that we should use. It affects all our citizens – young and old, making our economy and the region globally competitive. New technologies will create jobs, economic prosperity and growth, with new skills, creative and fresh ideas. If we want to create future for us and our children we cannot miss out on digital integration. It can be best achieved through regional cooperation, an irreplaceable tool for joint progress.'” (RTK)