12 December, 2006
A report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) which refers to the future of Southeast Europe and is titled "Economic Development and the Promotion of Investments in Southeast Europe", says that Greece's support in the accession of countries from Southeast Europe to the European Union "creates a geostrategic and geoeconomic bridge" between Greece and the rest of Europe.
The report - which also makes a special reference to the future status of Kosovo and claims that it should be independent - presents its analysis and the conclusions drawn, during an international conference which the CSIS had organized in cooperation with the Southeast Europe Economic Development Foundation and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The report notes that Greece has expressed its support for the creation of a free economic zone in Southeast Europe, which will include Turkey, and has invested more than 14 billion euros in the region, while more than 3,000 Greek businesses operate in the Balkans.
Source: Athens News Agency