Skopje Summit for Electric friendly highways linking Balkan cities


Electric-friendly motorways in the region towards stimulating the use of electric cars is the project to be announced at the Summit 100 for business leaders from Southeast Europe (SEE), held in Skopje on October 16-17.

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will provide details over EU-funded project Edison at the Skopje event.

The regional project aims at creating an electric-friendly road infrastructure, linking largest cities in the area across a length of 2,400km.

Commissioner Bulc will be joined by representatives of leading regional companies, but also international financial institutions such as EBRD, IFC, EIB, World Bank etc.

Summit 100 board chairman Zivko Mukaetov said Monday the unique event opens the possibilities for real networking and use of the potential of regional countries.

“Summit 100 is a regional initiative and its management board includes representatives from all countries in the area. I am aware about the strength and significance of joint promotion and networking of our countries. Namely, our markets are small in global terms, but we can be competitive and turn the attention of the global business on the Western Balkans by uniting our interests and capacities”, said Mukaetov, general manager of pharmaceutical company “Alkaloid”.

President Gjorge Ivanov will deliver the summit’s opening remarks, whereas one of its panels includes the prime ministers of Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and Croatia, and possibly Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The previous five summits were held in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Summit100 Business Leaders of SEE is an unique business initiative that gathers 100 most eminent business leaders from the region of South East Europe, including Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania, with the aim to engage business leaders into the dialogue to try to shape new vision that would improve business and quality of life in the region. They participate in roundtable discussions, grouped according to the economic sectors, and discuss the impediments to and possibilities of cooperation in the region.