(ANSA) - BRUXELLES, 05 LUG - At the 2019 Western Balkans Summit in Poznan, the Western Balkans' leaders, and EU confirmed their commitment to strengthen their cooperation with a set of concrete measures focusing on five key areas: transport and energy, digital, economy, security, and good neighbourly relations. In the areas of transport and energy, the Commission put forward a new connectivity package worth 180 million euros for eight new infrastructure projects, which are expected to pave the way for investments of up to 728 million. The leaders also backed grants worth 15 million euros to improve road safety and the operation at border crossing points. In the digital sector, the EU has announced new subsidies of 1.65 million to three projects to support the development of national broadband networks and improve digital connectivity in Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia. The Balkan leaders then signed, together with the international financial institutions, letters of intent to strengthen the SME development and innovation tool in the region, adding another 20 million to the 150 provided by an initial commitment. In the areas of environment and climate, the six Western Balkans confirmed their commitment to the transition to clean energy backing a joint declaration signed last February 21, 2019. (ANSA).

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