Membership of Albania in the EU. European Council President Donald Tusk visited yesterday in Tirana
"Albania's accession to the EU is in the best interest of all of Europe. Because there will not be a stable and secure Europe without the integration of all the Balkans in the EU. What is at stake is our common future "
The outgoing European Council President, Donald Tusk, was visiting yesterday in Tirana as part of a trip to start negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia, a decision that the member states must take the 18 October in Brussels.
During the joint press conference, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama praised President Donald Tusk for his contribution and offered him the honorary award for his contribution to EU-Western Balkans relations.
"President Tusk has returned to Albania and is here today at the service of what was one of the strong points of his leadership, the process of integration of the Balkans into the EU. I am so happy to be able to thank him for all he has done and I would like to share a special moment for me, for us and, I hope, for him, giving him the "Great Star of recognition" medal.
I am also very pleased to note the firmness that Tusk has always expressed in relation to this process and I appreciate his constant efforts as a supporter of the EU accession process in Albania "said Rama during the press conference.
President Tusk thanked the Albanian Premier for the medal affirming
"The greatest recognition for me would be the opening of accession negotiations with Albania." "Today, I can say that, thanks to your commitment, we have come closer to this goal. No one should have the slightest doubt about it.
I always thought that the EU should have started accession talks with both Albania and northern Macedonia, in line with the Commission's positive recommendations. I haven't changed my mind.
In June, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union pledged to issue a "clear and substantive" decision by October. The time is near.
"Your country - President Tusk told Premier Rama - it must be treated with equal respect and merit, just like all the other countries in the region that share your goal of becoming, one day, EU members ".
In the end, Tusk said that Albania must continue to maintain a solid reputation for the rule of law and the fight against corruption and organized crime, adding good neighborly relations as part of European DNA.
"But equally important is that the accession of Albania and the region to the EU is in the best interest of the whole of Europe. Because there will not be a stable and secure Europe without the integration of all the Balkans. What is at stake is our common future. And here no one is doing anyone any favors ".