On 1 July Germany took over the six-monthly presidency of the European Union. On this occasion, the German ambassador in Tirana, Peter Zingraf, through a communication on Facebook, said that the main objective of the presidency will be to address the crisis caused by the coronavirus, which according to the German chancellor is the greatest challenge in the history of Europe.
Zingraf said that in this difficult time Europe must be united and that Europe is in the interest of Albania and the western Balkans, which have been supported by the States of the Union to deal with the crisis by sending medical equipment and supporting vulnerable groups. The ambassador also said that assistance to Albania will continue in order to mitigate the economic and social consequences.
“A strong European Union is in the interest of Albania and other Western Balkan countries. The EU and other Member States have already supported Albania and the region in addressing the crisis, including through the mass dispatch of medical instruments or the support of vulnerable groups. But we will continue to support Albania and the region in the long term in order to mitigate the economic and social consequences.
But our presidency will not be just the presidency of the coronavirus. The European Union expects many tasks and the German Presidency wants to make a decisive contribution. Therefore, we will conclude not only the creation of the Rise Fund, but also the long-term planning of the EU budget. "
The press release of the German Embassy in Tirana
Today Germany takes over from Croatia as President of the Council of the EU. The symbolic act of passage occurred this morning here in Tirana at the Europa House.
Ambassador Zingraf thanked his Croatian counterpart, Ambassador Zlatko Kramarić, for the successful presidency in the difficult conditions caused by coronavirus. Under Croatian leadership, the Council decided to say "Yes" at the beginning of the accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia.
The Zagreb Summit between the EU and the Western Balkans was an important moment of reflection and concentration for Europe and the region at the height of the coronavirus crisis.
Together with the head of the EU delegation, Ambassador Luigi Soreca, Kramarić and Zingraf, they turned their attention to the support provided so far by the European Union and the Member States to Albania to tackle the crisis caused by the coronavirus.
However, they shared the assessment that the implementation of the reform program in Albania will pave the way for the first accession conference.
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