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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier travels from October 20 to October 22 to Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. He will meet numerous high-ranking government officials there, including Croatian President Grabar-Kitarović and Serbian President Vučić. He is accompanied by five members of the German Bundestag and a business delegation.Altmaier: “With my trip, I would like to send a clear signal for the deepening of our relations with Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia and the entire region of Southeastern Europe. I see great opportunities and great potential for German industry and our middle class. Further rapprochement with the EU, with a clear prospect of accession, is a great opportunity for the region. Croatia exemplifies these possibilities. The focus of my journey will be on the topic of skilled workers. On the one hand, it will be about securing skilled labor – not only in Germany, but also in the Western Balkans region. We want to support the countries in the training of skilled workers, in particular in the introduction of dual vocational training. “In Croatia, among others, there are talks with President Grabar-Kitarović, Prime Minister Plenković and the Minister of Economic Affairs. Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier will open a German-Croatian economic forum in Zagreb. One focus will be on the forthcoming Croatian EU Presidency. Germany advises the Croatian Ministry of Economic Affairs on reducing bureaucracy. The experience gained from this advisory project and further cooperation with the Western Balkans will be key priorities of the Croatian EU Presidency, which we will continue with in our subsequent EU Presidency. In Montenegro, apart from high-level political talks, the signing of an administrative partnership in competition law will be a particular focus In Serbia, Minister Altmaier will discuss the deepening of bilateral economic relations with President Aleksandar Vučić and his ministerial colleagues. Among other things, Minister Altmaier will meet scholarship holders of the Zoran Djindjić scholarship program of the East Committee / East European Association of German Business. Each year, the program offers up to 75 young trainees the opportunity to complete three to six-month internships at leading German companies in Germany. Through targeted measures, the BMWi actively supports German companies, including the introduction of dual vocational training as part of the skills expert Program, the successful shopping initiative West Balkans since 2015 as well as the organization of the annual Digital Summit for the Western Balkans, started in 2018. For many years Germany has been the most important economic partner for the countries of Southeastern Europe. Since joining the EU, the trade volume between Germany and Croatia has doubled to 5.3 billion euros in 2018. The volume of trade with Serbia is also growing, in 2018 to 4.7 billion euros. With Montenegro, the trading volume was 145 million euros.

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