French President Emmanuel Macron at a press conference from London, where he took part in the NATO summit, spoke about the post-earthquake situation in Albania.
The French head of state stressed that there is a need to organize an international conference "aimed at mobilizing public and private partners to organize reconstruction in Albania". The conference, as reported Le Figaro, could be hosted by France itself.
From the latter, in the days following the earthquake, rescue and research teams arrived to which the Albanian Prime Minister Rama wanted to express his gratitude with a tweet:
"French rescuers: true guardian angels in the eyes of the Albanian people."- reads the tweet.
LIVES LA FRANCE❤️VIVE L'ALBANIE
et Vive les Pompiers 🇫🇷 Les Sauveteurs Français; des vrais anges gardiens dans les yeux du peuple Albanais🙏 pic.twitter.com/JFZsJ1ke64
- Edi Rama (@ediramaal) November 29
Macron: I'm not the bad guy
Macron is also back to talk about the reasons that led him to veto on the start of accession negotiations with the EU of Albania and Northern Macedonia.
"In the eyes of many people, I am the French president who plays the role of the bad guy. However, I believe that from the European point of view there were no conditions for the start of negotiations, since the procedures are very bureaucratic, exclusively strategic and very poorly implemented in terms of reform. "- stated Macron initially at a press conference.
On the other hand, the French president acknowledged the efforts made by the two countries to start negotiations, stressing however that the need for a reform of the procedures concerning the negotiations is at the base.
"I know that this is also a geopolitical challenge because we must avoid that some countries fill the void that is supposed to be created. This would destabilize not only the internal situation in the two countries, but also the European continent.
However, we must be clear: the accession process must go through different phases of the strategic partnership. If we want to anchor these countries to the European Union, we must first invest in these countries from a cultural, economic and educational point of view. "- continued Macron.
For the French president, in this way, an irreversible accession process would be guaranteed that would allow the European Union to expand.
"Before the opening of negotiations with the Western Balkan countries, the EU must reform itself. I hope I can do it before the Zagreb Summit and, on this basis, move forward. "- concluded Macron.