16+1 is an initiative of the government of China that aims to foster cooperation between China and the sixteen countries of Central and Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of Macedonia.

Launched in 2012, 16+1 seeks to develop economic, political and cultural cooperation between Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region and China through a series of summits, ministry-level conferences, business forums and other events devoted to issues such as tourism, education, agriculture, energy affairs and infrastructure development.

As an additional impulse to cooperation with EU countries and beyond, China is very serious and started in the direction of regional cooperation in the field of Central and Southeast Europe. The result of this cooperation were signed "12 measures to improve cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)", in Warsaw, Poland in April 2012.

On that occasion he announced a package of measures to strengthen cooperation between China and these countries. Among the measures is a credit line of 10 billion dollars. The proposed initiative has set a new direction of cooperation between the CEE countries and China, and partly on the overall relations between the People's Republic of China and the EU.

As part of this initiative, Montenegro is very active I can say one of the leaders of all CEE. Claim is based on the fact that Montenegro from "orientations credit line" in the contracting phase more than one billion US, or more than 10% of the plan of the central and eastern Africa, and I is present in almost all meetings that are organized in the scope of this initiatives. Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, will host the second 16+1 meeting of mayors and local government representatives, on September 14-15, 2017.

The event, which will be attended by the mayors of the sixteen CEE country’s capitals as well as the mayor of Beijing, will aim to improve cooperation in the areas of transport and logistics, agribusiness and tourism.


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