Welcoming Speech at 20th A.B.N.A.-SE General Assembly.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome all of you to the 20th General Assembly of the Association of the Balkan
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This assembly is being held at a very critical time.
This is a priority for every single institution and ABNA of course has to think of how to face these challenges too. According to our constitutional frame, ABNA is aiming to develop full cooperation amongst news agencies of the region. As well as cooperation, ABNA is also aiming to contribute to the establishment of a climate of peace, security and friendship in our uneasy region.
While these aims are contemporary they still have not been achieved. They remain our primary goals, so let me underline that the more we cooperate, the better results we will accomplish.
Have a look at some European countries. It is very easy to identify that some fundamental European values are being violated in the name of “practical” aspects of policy.
Regarding ABNA’s aims I would like to stress that cooperation in concrete fields is absolutely necessary. We must increase the level of our cooperation and also the number of articles, reportage, and analysis which we can exchange on a daily or weekly basis. It is high time we created a new basis for the way in which we cooperate. On the one hand to contribute to social and cultural development, on the other hand to achieve closer cooperation at concrete fields, provided that we accept the notion of overcoming obstacles and those of past divisions to forge new channels of coordination.
We need to enhance the coordination among the member-agencies, to exchange materials and to support common interests such as the exchanging of information on social, political, economic, cultural and sport events.
The opening of borders and globalization, has led to a new world balance. I think that this balance is full of difficulties and at the same time is full of expectations for those who are facing this new challenging era.
With this in mind,
The undertaking of the rotational presidency of the EU by the
I hope that the undertaking of the EU presidency could serve as
a catalyst for solving the
Dear friends, dear participants
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Let us all work together, let us take the responsibility to create new conditions for a more active ABNA so as to meet all priorities set out by ABNA statute. I would like to express my warmest wishes for the success of our general assembly.