In the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, a meeting was held with the European integration structures in the MEPJ and the line ministries on “The Next Stage of Albania’s Accession Process, Steps and Challenges ahead”. Attending the event were the Speaker of Parliament Gramoz Ruci, the Prime Minister Edi Rama, the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation, Romana Vlahutin, and representatives of the diplomatic corps in our country.
Prime Minister Edi Rama, focusing on the decision of the EU Council for our country, underlined that “We have not lost 12 months. We have 12 months of work, which is the same job that would be done, even if it is said in the text, negotiations are opened today. ” For Prime Minister Rama, we have a text that enables us to do our job because even if hypothetically the opening of the negotiations was immediate, we would need a preparatory work period, the so-called “screening” of the process, which would take a while set, a time normally ranging from 6 to 12 months.
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Ditmir Bushati said that the Council has not set any new conditions or criteria for Albania but has outlined and furthered the 5 priorities.
The head of Albanian diplomacy, recalling the Council’s assessment of the course of reforms in the field of rule of law, mainly judicial reform since the member states is considered a model to be followed and from other countries that are or are not in the process of negotiating for membership. And the confirmation by member countries at a very difficult time for Europe to align 100% of our foreign policy with that of the EU, or our dynamic and constructive role in the region.
The Minister suggested that the Council has not set any new conditions or criteria for Albania, has outlined and further elaborated, the 5 priorities that we believe will have co-workers throughout our EU accession process. “There are two processes ahead of us, and that is quite clear. First, the deepening of the reforms based on the detailing of the five priorities that the EU Council itself has made and on the other hand, we need to strengthen and operationalize the human and administrative infrastructure in view of preparations for the opening of the accession talks, “said Minister Bushati.
Albania has also built a platform to empower not only the mission to the European Union, which is a similar practice and has happened with all other countries, but also our missions in key European Union countries from the point of view of human resources, infrastructure and financial resources.