Sky TG24 has dedicated a special to Albania's journey to the European Union, focusing specifically on the opening of official accession negotiations with the EU expected for June.
In Albania there are construction sites and works in progress, such as that for the entry of Albania into the European Union: because in June, after the European elections, accession negotiations are expected to start in a Europe that, despite the Brexit and Euroscepticism, has not lost its appeal.
Negotiations, which do not imply automatic membership, will not close before the 2025. And on the road to Tirana towards Brussels there remain heavy obstacles like boulders:
"Certainly the country has made progress in recent years, particularly justice reform. The fight against organized crime has always been a concern for the European Union and in this sense there is still work to be done "- said the EU ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca.
Crime and corruption are among the most evoked problems also by citizens and are the accusations made against the government by opposition demonstrators who have been demonstrating since February. But the protests in the square had begun much earlier thanks to a movement that unites professors and university students who contest the increase in fees and want to build a new perspective:
"Albania may be poor but it is not poverty that makes people run away. What gets people away, young people, is the lack of hope. " - says Arlind Qorri, exponent of University Movement.
The reality is that of a country of almost three million inhabitants from which every year about 40.000 people emigrate, most of them young people. It starts because the average salary is slightly higher than the 300 euros per month but there are jobs that here in Albania allow you to earn up to double.
Like that of Ajis, who has returned to his country and graduated in languages. He speaks four, and was hired in a call center of an important Italian company, one of the many active in Albania:
"When you say you work in a call center, people look at you with a bit of skepticism. But you can earn more in call centers than maybe in the profession for which you graduated. " - says the young man.
From the capital we move on to Kuçovë, once called Stalingrad and in which today the NATO he is building his own first base in the Western Balkans. But after all, after the fall of the communist regime, the choice of field, the Atlantic one, was never in question.
The borders opened for now remain a mirage also because the border with Greece is about to be armored. After the closure of the main Balkan route that passed through Serbia, Albania has become the new corridor for migrants, especially Syrians, arriving from Greece to try to reach the countries of the European Union, passing through the border village of Kapshticë.
In a few days the agents of Frontex, the European border guard agency, will arrive in these areas for patrol the borders together with the local police.
Albania is the first state outside the Union with which Brussels has made such an agreement and so the control and management of immigration for this country from which they left in hundreds of thousands after the collapse of communism, will be the first test bed for the European Union.
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