Albania ready to open EU membership talks says EU Ambassador – Exit

In a statement on Sunday, EU Ambassador to Albania Luigi Soreca said Albania was ready to start negotiations for EU membership.

Soreca’s statement in this regard was part of his closing remarks for Europe Weeks 2021, a three-week event hosted by the EU Delegation to Albania. In May, Soreca and other EU officials visited Albania in a bus to organize activities and educate Albanian citizens on how projects from EU Member States have helped to help and transform the country.

“This three-week trip from the northern part of Vermosh to Konispol came with a spirit of hope and optimism, and all over the road we found an enthusiasm that left us speechless,” said the ambassador said about the event.

During the trip, Soreca and other EU ambassadors who joined him at certain points of the trip, met with Albanian citizens to receive their feedback.

Among his laudatory comments on Albania and Albanian youth, Soreca mentioned that the country has fulfilled the conditions set by the EU and is ready to take the next step towards European integration.

He reiterated that he was optimistic about the EU’s decision, adding that election day was a test that Albania had passed, given that the OSCE / ODIHR report relayed that on Election Day voting went well.

The European Union will only be complete when Albania and the rest of the Western Balkans become members, Soreca concluded.

Meanwhile, Germany lobbied last week for EU members to start membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia in June., before the end of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. However, Bulgaria voted on North Macedonia’s progress on identity and language issues, and Austria opposes decoupling Albania and North Macedonia’s accession negotiations to the EU.

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