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EU Ambassador Vlahutin: Coming months key to opening negotiations with Albania

EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin; Flickr/Photo: EU Delegation to Albania

TIRANA – Head of the EU Delegation to Albania, Ambassador Romana Vlahutin, attended today the meeting of the National Integration Council at the Assembly of Albania. The event was held while the EU-funded European Summer School opened its doors to young researchers, representatives of public administration, civil society organizations, media, businesses and other interested partners in Albania.

Vlahutin said that, “The coming months will be key to opening of the membership negotiations of Albania with the EU”.

“Nothing changes on the day when the country becomes an EU member, but the transformation process happens in the course of the entire journey. This process has not anything to do with statements, words or even wishes, but depends on the determination to change and modernize what is in fact the true rule of law, social security, and care for all in the society”, said Vlahutin.

The ambassador added that, “Change cannot be brought through half-solutions. The European integration cannot be achieved if all don’t move forward and Albania does not have the luxury to lose its talents. All the country should move forward. No private or public interest can be more important than the interest of all the country. Albanians have a record of quarrels; they would like to have results and live like the whole of Europe.”

Attending the event was the chairperson of the ruling Socialist Party Parliamentary group Taulant Balla. He emphasized that, “The Socialist Party is ready to cooperate with the opposition on the way to the EU”. Balla also said that in the institutions of the state administration, the EU integration of the country should be the subject of their work.

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