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Marking a significant shift in the labor markets of Southeast Europe, Serbia, Albania, and North Macedonia have forged an essential agreement, coming into effect on March 1st, that will allow their citizens the freedom to live and work freely across the three countries. Known officially as the Agreement on Conditions for Free Access to the Labor Market under the Open Balkans initiative, this move ushers in a new era of regional cooperation and economic integration.

It was over three years ago that the leaders of these nations made the visionary decision to dismantle the traditional barriers to employment and residency. This agreement facilitates citizens of these countries to seek employment, live, and work in any of the three nations, effectively integrating their labor markets into a single, seamless entity under the Open Balkans framework.

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Expected to significantly enhance sectors such as construction, tourism, hospitality, IT, and the electro and mechanical industries, the agreement also serves as a strong message to foreign investors about the region’s open, dynamic, and competitive market environment. The influx of investments expected to follow is likely to generate numerous job opportunities, invigorating the economic scenario across the Western Balkans.

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić reported that, via the Open Balkan initiative's ID card system, 2,200 individuals have expressed their desire to work in Belgrade...

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In a compelling affirmation of Serbia's efforts towards regional cohesion, Christopher Hill, the US Ambassador to Serbia, praised the nation's initiative in spearheading the...

This agreement not only promotes the free movement of labor but also symbolizes the collective ambition for a connected and thriving Balkan Peninsula. As these countries move towards deeper economic integration, the Open Balkans initiative exemplifies the importance of regional cooperation in transcending historical barriers and fostering a future of shared prosperity and growth.

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