In an interview for 'BBC TodayPrime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, stated that theAlbania's admission to the European Union is the form of protection from the ghosts of the past.
"Albania's membership in the European Union represents the defense of itself from the ghosts of the past, guaranteeing that in the future there would no longer be the risk of facing what we have had to face in the recent past"- declared Prime Minister Rama, who later specified that Albania's current request is to open official negotiations.
"This time Albania is not asking to enter the European Union, but simply to open the official accession negotiations, which have no cost for the EU but are vital for us. There will be time for admission proper, as for the other countries of the Western Balkans"- continued Edi Rama.
On the concerns of a possible strong wave of migration from Albania to the rich countries of the EU in the event of accession, Rama expressed himself as follows:
"They are only exaggerations for political purposes. The rhetoric of fear for the migratory flow, which has nothing to do with the free movement of people and the free labor market, undermines the same values and principles of our European world. "
The former mayor of Tirana then also addressed the issue of organized crime and the 'Albanian gangs' present in many EU countries:
"We must not forget that organized crime is a worldwide phenomenon. It is not a phenomenon of a single country or a single area, it is not limited within state borders. Therefore, joining all together in the EU would be the first step in the battle against organized crime. "
The Albanian Prime Minister then concluded his interview for 'BBC Today' like this:
"Currently we only ask for what we have achieved by carrying out our reforms with our hard work: starting negotiations."
BBC Today - Audio interview with Edi Rama
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