At the European Council the work on the enlargement went wrong and the 2019 will be remembered for a historical mistake given the lack of agreement on the start of accession negotiations for Albania and Northern Macedonia. This was said today before the start of the second day of the European Council, the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte.
"It went wrong. I told my colleagues that this is a date with history. In the 1400 those territories and those communities fall under the Ottoman Empire. In the aftermath of the Second World War they fell under the communist regime. It is from a life that they want to enter Europe their aspiration is to enter Europe. Yesterday's will be remembered for a historical error and I am very sorry about that, "said Conte.
"I have tried to convince everyone (about) this aspiration, among other things of communities that are mostly Muslim, that therefore have a European cultural background, this is a great strength. We absolutely had to open. It was not a question of deciding whether to join them or not, but to start the accession negotiations. I am very sorry and I am very close to the Albanian and Northern Macedonia communities. They made a lot of efforts, "he added.
"Europe, the Commission, all of us have been promoters of a reform project up to here. I hope that this disappointment, this anguish will not precipitate them into the biggest distress and continue. Italy will always be close to them, will always defend them, will continue to be close to them, "the premier concluded.
"A historical mistake". Thus the premier Giuseppe Conte has defined the fact of nothing about the process of enlargement to Albania and Northern Macedonia. "It went wrong", said Conte explaining that "it was not necessary to open, it would have been enough to start the procedure. It was a historical mistake. I am very close to Albania and Northern Macedonia ". Source: Il Fatto Quotidiano
Placed by ALBANIA NEWS op Vrijdag 18 oktober 2019
Only a few days ago the Premier Count was in Tirana where he had already reiterated that the path towards the EU and the opening of negotiations are the best tool for Albania's progress and for the interest of the whole of Europe, in all aspects, political, economic, security.
Only with the entry of the Western Balkans into the EU will European integration be complete. The Italian premier also spoke of the opening of an unconditional confrontation between the majority and the opposition to overcome the political crisis.
Prime Minister Rama, after returning from Brussels, intervened yesterday evening during the political / social television program "Open" on Top channel, to answer the questions of the analysts present, on the consequences that the decision of the European Community will have on the opening or not of negotiations with Albania.
Asked if Albania will go towards early elections, in case of a negative EU response, Rama categorically denied it. However, Prime Minister Rama said that the last word has not yet been pronounced and that the decision will be taken today, despite the limited possibility of obtaining a positive response.
The Council of Europe will today publish the final decision on whether to open accession negotiations with Albania and northern Macedonia. Intano, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands spoke about this issue, where he expressed skepticism about this process, especially with regard to the opening of first phase accession negotiations with Albania.
"We are all aware of the efforts of Albania and northern Macedonia. Albania has worked a lot, but has yet to continue because it still has a long way to go, but has made much progress "
- said the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, adding that profound reforms are needed to improve and enforce the law.
Vonder Leyen, negative signs for Tirana and Skopje
"I am very sorry, both countries have made enormous efforts." "Unfortunately, there are no positive signs for a decision" on the start of EU accession negotiations for Albania and Northern Macedonia. This is how the designated president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed herself. "I am very sorry because I firmly believe that both countries have made enormous efforts to get closer to European standards and deserve a positive signal," stressed von der Leyen.
Gentiloni, keep the road open, otherwise negative consequences
We must keep the road to EU enlargement open because otherwise the consequences in terms of political hegemony and economic relations would be very negative. This was stated by appointed Economy Commissioner, Paolo Gentiloni, entering the pre-summit of the European Socialist Party, answering a question about the opening of negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia. "I have always been, in my political activity as Foreign Minister and Prime Minister, in favor of (opening negotiations). I think we need to keep this path open and not give the feeling that these roads are closing because unfortunately the consequences in terms of political hegemony and economic relations would be very negative, "he stressed.
Avramopoulos, do not allow the Balkans to return to the past
"Albania and Northern Macedonia deserve EU negotiations". We pay a lot of attention with the Western Balkans, we don't let things "happen again" in the old way in which they happened "in the region: this is how the EU Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, responding to a question in the press conference about the possibility that the EU accession negotiations for Albania and Northern Macedonia are postponed again. "Now it is up to the EU leaders to decide, the Commission's position is very clear: both countries deserve the start of negotiations," the commissioner reiterated.
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