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WB Leaders Sign Agreement on Professional Qualifications Recognition

In Tirana, as part of the Berlin Process Summit, Western Balkans leaders have inked an agreement for the recognition of professional qualifications in the region, adding four new professions to the list.

The agreement was signed by the Prime Ministers of Albania, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Four new professions have been added to those recognized last year at the Berlin Process Summit. We are beginning the process for nurses, veterinary surgeons, pharmacists, and midwives,” stated Majlinda Bregu, the Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council, referencing last year’s agreement that recognised qualifications for dentists, architects, and medical doctors across the region.

Bregu emphasized that individuals in these professions will now have their diplomas recognized throughout the region.

“This is our contribution to this year’s summit. We look forward to continuing our work and beginning the ratification procedures for this new agreement on professional qualifications,” she noted, adding that the summit concluded with a reduction in roaming charges between the Western Balkans and the European Union.

Additional agreements signed included the Joint Declaration on Wi-Fi for the Western Balkans Initiative, the Joint Declaration on a single euro payment area (SEPA), the Joint Declaration on regional climate partnership intentions, the Joint Statement on preventing plastic pollution, and several others.

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