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Slovakia strongly supports the opening of Albania’s negotiations with the European Union

Slovakia strongly supports the opening of Albania’s negotiations with the European Union

Minister in charge of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Gent Cakaj, paid an official visit to Bratislava, where he was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák. This was the first official visit to the ministry level realized in Slovakia for more than two decades.

The meeting focused on bilateral relations, EU integration, OSCE co-operation and regional co-operation.

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During this meeting were assessed the friendly relations between the two countries, as it was concluded that there are still unexplored opportunities to strengthen economic cooperation through the adoption of the legal framework and the organization of the first meeting of the joint economic commission in order to identify areas of interest of interest such as infrastructure, energy, railways, agriculture and water management.

The two ministers also agreed that closer co-operation is needed at regional level, focusing in particular on the use of co-operation capacities within the Visegrad group, which Slovakia leads through the mechanisms of the Visegrad international fund and the Western Balkans.

Within the framework of the OSCE, the two ministers, as part of the OSCE Presidency Troika, exchanged views on the Organization, in which the acting Minister, Cakaj, recognized the current OSCE Chairman, with preparations by Albania for the presidency of the organization in 2020 and the leadership of the Mediterranean Contact Group.

Acting Minister Cakaj reaffirmed the commitment of the Albanian government to contribute to the continuation of the organization’s main objectives in 2020, which also took the readiness of Minister Lajčák to provide Slovak experience and expertise as the current OSCE Chairman.

As for the European integration process, Minister Lajčák argues that Slovakia remains a strong advocate of Albania’s enlargement and integration process in the EU, considering the Western Balkans important in addressing some of the challenges it faces today EU.

Minister in Office Cakaj, recognized his counterpart to Albania’s progress in the reform process and the 5 key priorities, and the expectation of a positive decision in June. Ministers shared the view on the impact of the enlargement process on the reform process and the credibility of the enlargement process itself in the aspirant countries.

During his stay in Bratislava, the acting Minister Cakaj was also received by Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Parliament Bela Bugar, and held a working meeting with members of the two parliamentary committees for foreign affairs and European affairs led by Katarina Cefalyova. The meeting underscored the will of Slovak parliamentarians to open the negotiations with Albania without delay.

News Source: Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

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