The year that just ended represented an important milestone for the implementation of the Transport Community and its Permanent Secretariat. The mandate given to Commission to set up and steer the Secretariat will end in a few months. Time has therefore come to have a look to what was achieved in 2019, and to identify the remaining challenges in view of the ambitious objective to bring the Western Balkans closer – in every sense of the term – to the European Union.

In this context, and in view to build a stronger “community of interests” in the transport field between the EU and the Western Balkan partners, I would like to share with you what I personallyi consider being the key priorities for the coming years and the “lessons learnt” from the experience of the Permanent Secretariat during these last twelve months.