German Chancellor hints at granting EU status to Albania
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Germany will have a positive approach in granting Albania the status of EU candidate country. During a joint press conference with PM Edi Rama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany treats all countries based on EC reports. Asked on whether Albania will be granted the EU candidate status, Merkel said she expects to receive the most recent report of the European Commission which is expected to be released in June.

"We have given to all Balkan countries the European perspective and at the end of a long road we treat cases according to what the European Commission tells us and they show us the state of affairs in Albania so far. In June we will receive a new report and the commission will have noted down the progress and we will decide in a positive point of view the status of candidate country. The MP invited me to officially visit Tirana and if you will ask a year from now, I will say that I've been to Tirana”, Merkel said.

PM Rama said that Albania will fulfill all reforms that make possible the EU integration. “We are committed to fulfill all reforms, to fight organized crime and corruption and we have done much till now”, Rama said. Prime Minister Edi Rama arrived in Berlin to meet with the German chancellor Angela Merkel and other officials of the German parliament and representatives of the business community. Last December Albania was refused the EU candidate status because the EU leaders decided that there is still work to be done in implementing the required reforms./
Published on: April 1, 2014 - 3:39 pm
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