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COVID 19 – latest update on border crossings 01.12.2020

In these difficult times when the world is challenged and many countries are fighting against COVID-19, we understand the importance…

GIview – A new database launched today

GIview, a new database for searching all geographical indications (GI) protected at the European Union level, was launched today. GIview…

Linking for the future: Western Balkans and Germany

Join this virtual matchmaking event for metal, machine and automotive industry, meet qualified producers from the Western Balkans and find…

Marko Čadež-Allow us to work and have a normal interaction with the EU

Interviewed for the Diplomacy & Commerce Magazine, Marko Čadež, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and…

Summit in Sofia-Declarations on Common Regional Market and Green Agenda

Organized under joint Bulgarian and North Macedonian presidency, the Summit 2020 that was held yesterday, gathered region’s and European decision-…

Measures to be taken to overcome impact of COVID-19 on travelling and tourism industry in the WB6 region

Tourism and transport sector have been heavily hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and strong measures were introduced to contain…

The ministers of economy supported the proposals of the region’s economy

„The ministers of economy of Berlin process’s members supported business community’s initiatives to accelerate creating a common regional market through…

Voice of the economy – WB6 CIF Business Council

WB6 CIF Business Council successfully held its first constitutive session which was chaired by Mr. Marko Čadež, President of the…

WB6 CIF calls upon “Green lines” scheme for travelling from the Governments

Almost seven months after the pandemic was declared, WB still face restriction for travel throughout the WB region. This has…

Constitutive session of the Business Council of the WB6 CIF

WB6 CIF Managing Board announced a Constitutive session of the Business Council that is to be held at the beginning…

Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the countries aiming to join the EU

The Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package: The annual reports, assessing the implementation…

Investment flagships of the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans

In the context of the twin Green and Digital transition the Commission will examine the costs the benefits and the…

Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, which aims to spur the long-term…

Business Council for Less Barriers in the Western Balkan

Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Albania hosted today’s  14th Session of the WB6 Chamber Investment Forum Managing…

WB6 CIF contributes to EU Commission’s White paper on foreign subsidies

WB6 Chamber Investment Forum responded to the EU Commission call for public consultations on the proposed White paper on levelling…

Cadez and Rukiqi: We are establishing a joint team of businessmen to support projects

The presidents of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (CCIS) and the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC), Marko Cadez and Berat…

Coronavirus: Commission proposes more clarity and predictability of any measures restricting free movement in the European Union

On Friday, 4 September 2020, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken…

PowerUP – Program for innovative SMEs and startups from the Western Balkans

The World Bank, under its PowerUP: Capacity Building for Early Stage Firms in the Western Balkans program is launching a…

Germany pledges support to the Western Balkans

During its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Germany will support the regional economic integration and the establishment…

New rules of origin for Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

On 24 August 2020, the European Commission adopted a package of proposals that aims to increase trade between the European…

Eight macro-financial assistance programmes agreed to support enlargement and neighbourhood partners

As of today, the Commission, on behalf of the EU, has agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on macro-financial assistance (MFA)…

Western Balkans Partnership Summit

The expected economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Balkans demand urgent regional action to avoid sustained…

One of the longest summits in the history of the EU has ended-New Seven Year Budget-Opportunity for Funds

The leaders of the 27 member states of the European Union reached an agreement after 100 hours of marathon negotiations…

From Regional Cooperation to Regional Integration – How do development funds support the regional integration process in the Western Balkans?

In the past few years, the European Union and European and US development agencies have invested in total approximately 6…

Cadez calls for support of the Western Balkans economy

President of the WB6 Chamber Investment Forum Managing Board Marko Cadez called on the governments of the region, the European…

WB6 CIF online round tables successfully implemented

WB6 CIF has organized a series of online round tables from June 22nd – June 30th 2020, focusing on the…

EBRD and EU support for SMEs in the Western Balkans

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) are increasing their support for and medium-sized…

The webinar „Market analysis, Market potential and Market entry“ successfully implemented

The online seminar (webinar) „Market analysis, Market potential and Market entry“, which was organized within the EU funded project „EU…

Online round tables successfully implemented

The WB6 CIF organized a series of 6 online round tables on the following topics: Tourism industry in WB6, Facilitation…

Invitation for the webinar „Market analysis, Market potential and Market entry“

The Western Balkans 6 Chamber Investment Forum is pleased to invite you to an online seminar (webinar) on the topic…

Signed MOU with the Business Registers Agency

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and the Business Registers Agency have signed three documents that will enable…

Business sector and Policy makers on the regional round tables

The next phase of regional economic integration agenda should be endorsed by the WB Leaders at the occasion of the…

Re-open EU

Today, the Commission launched ‘Re-open EU’, a web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe….

Invitation for companies to two-day online training “Digitalisation of trade”

Western Balkans 6 Chamber Investment Forum is glad to announce the online training “Digitalisation of trade” within the EU funded…

Eurochambres meeting with Mr Oliver Varhelyi, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement

Representing  WB6 CIF and CCIS, President Marko Čadež together with the Commissioner for Enlargement Mr. Olivér Várhelyi,  the President of…

Coronavirus: Commission recommends partial and gradual lifting of travel restrictions to the EU after 30 June, based on common coordinated approach

Today the Commission recommends to Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to lift internal border controls by 15 June…

Survey on the impact of Covid-19 on the Western Balkans enterprises

Your business has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown? Use this unique opportunity to share your…

The Single Market as an instrument for economic recovery

European economy is highly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a high time to find out the way how…

RescEU masks delivered to North Macedonia and Montenegro

Following previous deliveries to Italy, Spain and Croatia, more batches of FFP2 masks are delivered to North Macedonia and Montenegro…

EIB Group to contribute €1.7 billion to the EU’s Covid-19 response package for the Western Balkans

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group will provide €1.7 billion to support the social and economic recovery of the Western…

OECD overview of the COVID-19 crisis in the Western Balkans

The OECD has been working with South East Europe (SEE) since 2000 to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in a…

Unequivocal support to the European perspective of the Western Balkans Region

The EU-Western Balkans Zagreb summit took place via video conference on 6 May 2020. EU leaders agreed on the Zagreb…

Western Balkan countries sent unselfish help to Italy

Planes full with material aid, doctors and other medical staff and even free accommodation for the elderly in the most…

Gerxhaliu:Now we see that conflicts are pointless and how much important is regionalisation

At the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, we addressed Mr Gerxhaliu, Secretary General of the Western Balkans 6 Chamber Investment…

Easier access to EU protective equipment for the Western Balkans

The European Union has approved the export of medical protective equipment to the Western Balkans without the prior authorization of…

Palmer and Cadez: Regional cooperation in the Western Balkans has never been more important

Strengthening regional economic cooperation and integration, speeding up the creation of a common Western Balkans economic area and a deeper…

European Commission adopted a proposal for a €3 billion macro-financial assistance package to support ten neighbouring countries

The Commission has adopted a proposal for a €3 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) package to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners…

It’s like coming back from the Chernobyl disaster

Opinion piece by Marko Čadež, President of the WB6 CIF Managing Board published in  the Maribor’s “Večer” newspaper, in which…

CEFTA to open green lanes on April 13th

As part of the measures to be undertaken to mitigate disruptions in transport and trade of goods caused by precautionary…

WB6 CIF welcomes EU support to the Western Balkans

President of the WB6 Chamber Investment Forum Marko Čadež thanked the EU Commission for the announced immediate support of up…

Regional Economic Prospects-April 2020; Covid-19: From shock to recovery

Growth in the EBRD regions averaged 2.6 per cent in 2019, down from 3.4 per cent in 2018 and 3.8…

Cost-free Digitalization Support for MSMEs in Serbia

The COVID-19 outbreak especially affects micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as sales and operations are strongly reduced to curfew restrictions….

MEPs: Exempt the Western Balkans from the authorisation requirement for export of personal protective equipment

There is increased support from European Parliament for the initiative to exclude Western Balkan from prior autorization of export for…

Forging the Four Freedoms Initiative for prosperity and peace in the Balkans

Opinion piece by Marko Čadež, President of the WB6 CIF Managing Board published in the New Atlanticist. The New Atlanticist…

Guide and Online Training for Western Balkan SMEs – Can Private Equity or Venture Capital Work for You?

Small and medium size enterprises face the access to finance as one of the main constraints on businesses in the…

COVID-19 Extraordinary Call for Proposals launched: 600,000 EUR for projects in fields of healthcare, education & MSMEs (Deadline: 9 April 2020)

In order to provide targeted response to the global outbreak caused by COVID-19, the CEI is glad to launch the…

EU mobilises immediate support for its Western Balkan partners to tackle coronavirus

The EU announced today, as part of the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, up to €38 million in immediate…

ICC and ITUC call for urgent action from G20 leaders in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the institutional representative of over 45 million businesses, and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC),…

Macedonian Government adopted the Western Balkans “Green Corridors” initiative

The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, on its 30th session held on 27 March 2020, was the first…

After 20 years of postponing: Albania and North Macedonia finally start the negotiations with EU

Two more of the WB6 countries will start the negotiation process for full-right membership to the European Union. EU foreign…

WB6 CIF urges the EU Commission to provide urgent and concrete assistance to the Western Balkans

President of the WB6 Chamber Investment Forum Marko Cadez appealed to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der…

Applications welcome from startups and SMEs with innovative solutions to tackle Coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission is calling for startups and SMEs with technologies and innovations that could help in treating, testing, monitoring…

Economic integration is WB6 main target

  “Economic cooperation in the WB6 Region has no alternative, and main mechanisms to straighten this cooperation are dialog and…

B2B meetings at the LEAP Summit in Zagreb

As part of the international LEAP Summit conference to be held in Zagreb on March 26th, the European Entrepreneurship Network…

The Kick of meeting of the project „EU support to the WB6 CIF“

The Kick of meeting of the Project „EU support to the WB6 CIF“ was held on 20th  and 21st  of…

For the region without barriers

The decision on facilitating the trade in fruit and vegetables adopted by the CEFTA Joint Committee in Tivat will give…

EBRD’s green work at the Western Balkans region

In the eve of the EBRD Western Balkans Investment Summit EBRD in its article “Greening the Western Balkans region” highlighted…

WB6 CIF and RCC strenghtening cooperation

Representatives of the WB6 CIF lead by the Secretary General Safet Gerxhaliu recently held meetings with the representatives of the…

Čadež at the EU Commission: To make doing business easier and cheaper for businessmen in the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans 6 Chamber Investment Forum and the Directorate-General for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) will…

Gerxhaliu: We need ministries for Regional cooperation in all WB6 countries

WB6 CIF’s Secretary General Safet Gerxhaliu was one of the panelists of CSO Dialogue forum held in Pristina. Aiming to…

Normalization of economic relations will bring a perspective future to the WB6

Opinion piece written by Mr. Safet Gerxhaliu, General Secretary of the WB6 Chamber Investment Forum We are witnesses of a…

Cadez: Re-launch of commercial flights between Kosovo and Serbia a big step for businesses

President of Serbian Chamber of Commerce Marko Cadez said in Brussels yesterday that agreement on establishing a direct flight between…

Christoph Leitl: By cooperating the Western Balkans move faster to the EU

Last night in Brussels, Eurochambers President Christoph Leitl commented on the agreement to establish a direct airline between Belgrade and…

KCC and CCIS Joint Statement on Reestablishment of direct flights between Belgrade and Prishtina

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and Kosovo Chamber of Commerce support the agreement that will lead to reestablishing…

CEFTA Tender

The tender CEFTA SEED+ 2020-01 “Preventive maintenance of Systematic Exchange of Electronic Data – SEED” has been published just now on the…

Vacancy Announcement

CEFTA SECRETARIAT – BRUSSELS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM The Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA 2006) is a modern and…

Common Regional Market and ICT can lead to rapid growth of the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans can count on the support of US institutions and business associations in creating a common regional market…

2,5 million euros of European Union’s support for WB6 economies – a Grant Contract signed in Tirana

Thanks to the European Union and a Grant Contract that was signed in Tirana, more than 1,200 small and medium…

CEFTA: Further liberalization and trade facilitation in the region

TIRANA, Dec 18 (Tanjug source) – The CEFTA Joint Committee today adopted several agreements at a meeting in Tirana that…

Dual education and digitization – main topics of the Assembly of the Association of Balkan Chambers held in Tirana

The Balkan Chambers of Commerce discussed the topics of dual education and digitization at the annual General Assembly held in…

“CEFTA Week 2019” in Tirana

Anila Denaj: „Enhance Regional Cooperation To Facilitate Trade” „CEFTA Week 2019″ has been organized in Tirana from December 16th-19th, in…

WB6 CIF Secretary General Safet Gerxhaliu at the SEECP Meeting in Pristina – Chambers’ crucial role in boosting trade and investments

WB6 CIF Secretary General Safet Gerxhaliu attended the Meeting of the Chambers of Commerce in the framework of the Southeast…

WB6 CIF and KfW Bank signed the Agreement: 25.5 million for vocational education

The agreement between the German Development Bank KfW and the Chamber Investment Forum of the Western Balkan Six was signed…

Leitl and Cadez call on European businessmen to help Albania

The presidents of the Eurochambres and the WB6 Chamber Investment Forum Managing Board, Christoph Leitl and Marko Cadez, called on…

WB6 Chamber Investment Forum calls on businesses to help Albanian citizens

WB6 CIF President of the Managing Board Marko Cadez called on companies from the region to help the Albanian population…

Western Balkans Chamber – DIHK Supporting Project Agreed

At the recently held meeting of the Chamber Investment Forum (CIF) in Belgrade, a new joint project supporting Chambers of…

The GIZ – WB6 CIF panel discussion “Mindshift: Digital Transformation for regional value chains”

Representatives of WB6 CIF chambers of commerce  gathered on the occasion of contributing to the panel discussion “Mindshift: Digital Transformation…

Attracting foreign investment as a crucial factor for stability in low and middle-income economies

WB6 CIF Secretary General Mr. Safet Gerxhaliju, together with representatives from the private sector, chambers of commerce, and business associations…

CEFTA Tender

The tender CEFTA SEED+ 2019-02 “Preparations of ToRs for SEED+ and technical supervision of implementation” has been published just now on the CEFTA…

First Regional Centres of Western Balkan Companies in the UAE by the end of the year

Companies operating in the area of water treatment, machine building industry, agriculture, solar energy and information technology are already negotiating…

Marko Cadez: The Western Balkan region has world-class experts in the field of digitization

Although some European indicators say the Western Balkans region is lagging behind the EU in the field of digitization, engineers…

President of the WB6 CIF Managing Board Marko Cadez: EU leaders need to hear the voice of their businessmen

“The Western Balkans 6 Chamber Investment Forum (WB6 CIF) wants the European Union to begin negotiations with Northern Macedonia and…

Ecomomic Conference Montenegro 2019

Montenegro is sincerely committed to every aspect of regional co-operation and will make available all its resources and co-operate in…

Investments and modern technology for a strong Western Balkans

Foreign investments in the Western Balkans are a prerequisite for faster development of the region’s economies, increasing production and export…

European chambers call for enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans

“About 20 million companies that are members of the chambers assembled in Eurochambres already see the business community of the…

Business Forum: Austrian Trade Mission of Kosovo

The Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO) and Advantage Austria, organized the “Austrian Trade…

Free trade with the African Union – a chance for the Western Balkans economy

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, founder of the WB6 Chamber Investment Forum, hosted the Business Conference „Continental…

The 2019 Concordia Annual Summit, President Čadež invites global companies to invest in the region

President Čadež invited global companies to invest in the region The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of…

German chambers association supporting WB6 CIF

Consultant of the Association of German chambers of commerce and industries (DIHK), David Piegazki, visited WB6 CIF Association in Trieste…

World Bank, RCC and WB6 CIF joint efforts to support regional cooperation

Safet Gerxhaliu, WB6 CIF Secretary General met with Mr Harald Jedlicka from the World Bank Group and Mrs Dragana Djurica…

100 Greatest: Awarding the best in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The business newspaper „Poslovne novine“ in co-operation with the Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized the 32nd edition…

Businesses to foster skills development in the Western Balkans

The Western Balkans 6 Chamber Investment Forum (WB6 CIF) and the European Training Foundation new commitment to working together to…

Sarajevo Export Challenges Conference said: Single, barrier-free market is what we need more than ever

Establishing a larger, common barrier-free market, where trucks can move undisturbed after passing the first border control, from Horgos to…

Serbia And North Macedonia open integrated border crossing for better regional cooperation

Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, and Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, have announced the start of the…

WB6 Managing Board meeting in Podgorica

The Presidents of the chambers of commerce of the Western Balkans 6 Chamber Investment Forum met in Podgorica for a…

EU support to the Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum

The President of the Managing Board of the Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum (WB6 CIF), Marko Cadez and the…

Western Balkans Six Chamber Investment Forum call for a New Deal for the Region

The key demands of the businessmen of the six Western Balkans economies is to enable people, goods, services and capital…

Improving trade in the CEFTA region

Western Balkans 6 Chambers Investment Forum (WB6 CIF), CEFTA Secretariat and German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH – ORF…

Cadez: It’s worth investing in the Western Balkans

President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Marko Čadež, told potential investors from the world that it…

Economic cooperation is the only way to accelerate development

Said that the economic cooperation is the only way to ensure a faster development of the Western Balkan countries in…

Regional platform for dialogue with EU

The business community of the region will actively participate in the upcoming Western Balkans Summit, to be held in Poland…