Rama: Albania is close to starting EU accession negotiations

Edi Rama; Photo: Tanjug / Dragan Kujundžić

TIRANA – Albania is close like never before to opening of accession negotiations with the European Union and the first six-month period of 2018 will be decisive for Albania’s path towards the EU membership.

Speaking at the meeting of the Socialist Party Parliamentary group, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama highlighted the importance of Albanian opposition getting involved in election of a temporary Prosecutor-General.

PM Rama reiterated his invitation to the opposition leader Lulzim Basha saying that it was fundamental in the road of Albania toward EU. He emphasized that the opposition must get involved in this process so that Albania appears united to the EU at the moment when there will be decided on starting of the negotiations.

“We have the possibility and the right to elect a temporary prosecutor general by majority of votes in the same way we had the possibility and the right of going into elections without extending the hand to the opposition. But, we demanded dialogue,” said Rama.

“We are close like never before to opening of the negotiations, but we shall do our best so that not to give to anybody any alibi and hesitate but to raise our hand in favour of starting Albania’s accession negotiations into the EU,” emphasized the PM.

PM Rama said that, “this is the will of the Albanian citizens who voted for us. It is the will of all those who are ready to see Albania enter a fresh chapter in its history with the EU”.

“The negotiations are not between the Socialist Party and the EU, but between Albania and the EU”, stated Rama.