PM Rama expects little from EU-Western Balkan Summit

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has said he expects very little from the EU-Western Balkan Summit. [Malton Dibra/EPA/EFE]

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has said he expects very little from the EU-Western Balkan Summit taking place in Slovenia this week. Giving comment to Spanish daily El Pais, Rama said that the EU has many internal problems which result in a lack of enlargement progress for Albania and other hopefuls.

“We have learned the hard way not to expect anything because we’ve seen that Europe is not in a very good moment with many internal problems, and enlargement is not expected with any enthusiasm,” he said.

He also called into question the comments of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who visited Tirana last week. “The Commission is one thing, the Council is another. Nice words are one thing, facts are another,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the summit on Wednesday, EU commissioner for enlargement Oliver Varhelyi reiterated his position that the EU must keep its promises to the countries of the Western Balkans and make the prospect of enlargement tangible.

“So we need to hold the First Intergovernmental Conference with Northern Macedonia and Albania, open chapters with Serbia, speed up the process of declaring Bosnia and Herzegovina a candidate country, and approve visa liberalization for Kosovo,” he said.

(Alice Taylor | Exit.al)

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