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A word from the TCT Permanent Secretariat in Belgrade
Together connected in 2020!

Dear Steering Committee Members, dear colleagues, dear readers,

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 personally 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.

Before starting this assessment, let me recall that all what was done in the past twelve months would have not been feasible without the dedication of few, highly committed, and energetic people who worked very hard to transform a “blank page” – as it was less than a year ago – to an almost fully operational international organisation. Many thanks to the Commission and EUDEL officials on whom I could always count, to the civil servants of the host country, to the staff of the Permanent Secretariat whose working conditions have been far from ideal, in particular in the first months of life of the Secretariat. Many thanks also to the Regional Steering Committee members who not only supported the setting up of the Secretariat but also contributed to its most important achievements.

I have no doubt that the values that have guided the work of the Permanent Secretariat during the last twelve months will continue to inspire the future “permanent staff” whose recruitment is in on-going and who will soon replace the Commission and myself in steering the Secretariat!

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