Tirana, July 30, 2013
The Head of the EU Delegation to Albania, Ambassador Ettore Sequi, met on Tuesday with the leader of the Democratic Party Lulzim Basha.
Following his meeting. Sequi said that in order to make progress in the European path, there are two things which are necessary: a strong, well-functioning, modern and European Government, but also a strong, well-functioning, modern and European Opposition.
“Everyone in Europe is convinced of the importance of the role of the Opposition in a democratic system. We have strongly stressed the importance of a smooth and timely finalization of the electoral process and a smooth transition of powers. This is extremely important in order to make progress in the European path. And this is extremely important also in view of the possibility to be granted the candidate status”, – declared Sequi after the meeting with Basha.
Talking about the EU candidate status for Albania, Sequi said that:” The candidate status is within reach in December. This has been repeated from Brussels. The Lithuanian Presidency has reiterated this concept”.
Sequi also said: “What is important, in order to achieve that, is a very sincere, effective, concerted effort of all the political forces. And the European Union is obviously ready to assist in this process, provided that the progress of reforms goes on”.
As far as the electoral process in Albania is concerned and the delays with the publication of the official result, Sequi said: “It is important to have a timely and smooth finalization of the electoral process. We are in summer, the summer is not very long, and we don’t have that much time before the progress report in October and before the meeting of the European Council in December. So, whatever can help to smooth the finalization of the electoral process, I think it’s important”.
Sequi also said that, “Brussels’ opinion is always a very friendly stand vis-à-vis Albania”, adding that: “Brussels is very interested in the reform process and in successfully crowing the process of EU integration”. /ibna/