The registration of ABNA-SE, Krasniqi: Cooperation and joint projects will increase

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The 30th General Assembly of the Association of the Balkan News Agencies – Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE), organized by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA), has started its work, which is being held in Bugras, Bulgaria.

The president of
ABNA-SE, Skënder Krasniqi, said that since the creation of ABNA-SE, hundreds of
meetings have been organized and in all of these, the need to register the
Association was emphasized, following the example of the European Alliance of
News Agencies (EANA).

“We discussed this
topic again during the signing of the agreement between KosovaPress and BTA in
Sofia, and as you can see, this day has come, with the expression of Kirill’s
will and desire, and with our support, ABNA is finally being made official also
with documents”, he said.

He said that the meetings held over the years
have increased mutual cooperation in many areas and have contributed and are
contributing to reaching common agreements between news agencies.

“This is what we are seeing and
experiencing every day”, he added.

Krasniqi also recalled
last year’s meeting during the 29th Assembly that was held in Prishtina.

“For us as KosovaPress,
it was a pleasure to be your host and to have you as a guest in September of
last year, where we had the opportunity to talk about many things, especially
our situation as a news agency during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. Also,
you had the opportunity to visit Kosovo, where some of you were for the first
time”, said Krasniqi.

He emphasized that the
opening of the “Balkan Newsroom” and the possibilities for increasing
tourism between the countries were also discussed at the last meeting.

“Also, in June of this
year, all members of ABNA were invited to the Balkan Leadership conference on
“Peace, Security and Development in the Western Balkans”, which was
held in Prishtina, where presidents, prime ministers, media leaders from the
region and the world participated”, he said.

The current president,
Skënder Krasniqi, said that it’s been almost 30 years since ABNA was founded as
an organization, and so far, it has organized dozens of meetings that have made
an extraordinary contribution.

We strongly believe
that the possibilities of cooperation and the creation of joint regional
projects will increase, even with the support of different donors.

This conference is
organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in partnership with the
KosovaPress News Agency, the Washington Times Foundation and the International
Media Association for Peace (IMAP). This year’s topic is “Together for true
news”.

We recall that for one
year the presidency was held by the news agency KosovaPress.

ABNA-SE is also officially registered with a
legal status with headquarters in Sofia, Bulgaria, thus following the example
of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA).



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