Rama: Albania, a step away from opening EU accession negotiations

Edi Rama; Photo: Prime Minister's Office

TIRANA – Albania is only one step away from opening European Union accession negotiations, Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama said during the Socialist Party parliamentary group meeting on Monday.

Rama presented summary of the meeting at the World Economic Forum held previous week in Davos. He pointed out that new relations with Greece present a new chapter of bilateral relations as well as progress in the framework of Berlin process.

“Judicial reform, starting the vetting process and above all the clarity that this process is already irreversible and unstoppable creates a stable basis to get a recommendation by the European Commission,” the Prime Minister said.

In addition Rama said that progress made on the five key priorities place Albania in a favourable position.

Among other issues discussed was the dialogue with Greece which is soon to be finalised by signing a Document of Strategic Partnership.

Rama explained he had a a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras in Davos, Switzerland to ascertain the hitherto progress through bilateral dialogue in addressing past open issues in the context of opening a new chapter of strategic partnership in the future.

The meeting confirmed the common objective, finalizing dialogue and signing the Document of Strategic Partnership in Tirana over spring.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Kotzias.