Solid economic relations, common political-diplomatic vision. Gratitude for the support that Rome has always given to Albania.A few days after the end of his mandate, which lasted six and a half years, the Albanian ambassador in Rome, Llesh Kola, takes stock of the bilateral relations and the Euro-Atlantic path of his country. Reports, those with Italy, which once again confirm to be excellent. First of all from the economic point of view, with the Belpaese first commercial partner. "In the 2005 - recalls Kola to ANSAmed - the interchange between the two countries was 893 million, in the 2010 it reached 2 billion. About 40% of our Albanian trade balance is achieved thanks to exchanges with Italy, while one fifth of foreign direct investments in Albania originate from Italian companies ".
Today, he underlines, the Italian companies present in the Albanian territory have risen to 400. The relations between the Albanian citizens and Italy are also balanced. "Since I took office, in the 2006, the number of Albanians has increased by 47%." Even if the arrivals increased, the remittances were reduced.
"The crisis that hit Italy has caused a sharp drop in remittances, going from an average of 900 million euros a year in the pre-crisis period (2008) to 560 million last year".
And yet, the diplomat reassures, "we are not witnessing a return of our citizens to their homeland as is happening in Greece". On the political level in the 2010 Italy and Albania have signed the strategic partnership agreement, while for the period (2010-2012) both countries have concluded a cooperation agreement for the development of projects with a total value of 51 million. Italy great ally and sponsor of Albania, returns to reiterate the ambassador.
"Rome has supported us a lot both for our entry into NATO, but also in facilitating our relations with Brussels. For example, guaranteeing for us the dialogue for visa liberalization with the EU ”. And speaking of the EU, he says: "if Albania has not yet exceeded the conditions set by Brussels to obtain EU candidate status, it is a sign that the political will of Tirana is lacking to make the necessary efforts to enter and do part of the great European family ”. He speaks of a lack of responsibility on the part of the parliamentary opposition that at the time of voting the laws necessary to implement the reforms requested by Brussels, ”he failed to support it so that the progress required by the EU in the field could be made of justice, public administration and parliamentary rules ".
An error, he says. A crucial test for the opening of the negotiations will be the elections next June. Meanwhile the game is also played on other tables. Like that of the Central European Initiative (Ince), "of which Italy is a locomotive", remarks Kola. He concludes, "greater concreteness, more communication between the institutions of the member countries, new projects in the transport sector to bring the two shores of the Adriatic closer and more initiatives in the economic and cultural fields". Handle