The Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the CEI Member States, under the Macedonian CEI Presidency, in Ohrid (Macedonia) on 15 June, was opened by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Nikola Poposki. 

The gathering was attended by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. The Deputy Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia as well as high representatives of Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, Poland and Ukraine also took part in the meeting. Representatives of the Council of Europe (CoE), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) were present as Special Guests. Kosovo* participated in the capacity of Guest of the Chair.

The Ministers exchanged views on the latest developments in the CEI Region, in particular the European integration process, the interconnectivity at large and the security, stability and prosperity of the Region as well as on the current and future role of the CEI, in line with the CEI Plan of Action 2014-2016 and beyond. They also approved the budget of the CEI Cooperation Fund for the year 2016.

At the end of the meeting the Ministers adopted a Communiqué.

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from left at press conference: Bosnia and Herzegovina, CEI Secretariat, Macedonia, Italy, Austria  
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.