„The Economist” Western Balkans Summit, 14.10.2021.

"Every crisis is also a new chance. I believe that the countries of the Western Balkans must finally understand that only solidarity, economic cooperation, integration and sincere understanding can bring the desired progress. We must shift the focus from the negative topics that poison public space on a daily basis, to those that are really important, which concern the building of independent institutions, better distribution of justice, infrastructural connections, as well as the fight against organized crime and corruption, said Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazović, at the summit of the Western Balkans, which was held in Skopje, organized by the respected British newspaper "The Economist". In addition to Abazović, the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and other regional and European leaders also took part in this year's Western Balkan Summit. Speaking about the European perspective of the Western Balkans, Abazović pointed out that "our rhetoric must be compatible with our words". When asked about the fight against organized crime and corruption, Abazović said that a stronger fight against these phenomena would significantly reduce nationalism in the countries of the region, emphasizing the thesis that "when we overcome corruption and crime, reconciliation will follow".