Tirana, 19 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
“Friends of Albania” friendship group has been created in the European Parliament. This group has been organized by the deputy president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati said that this group will act as a bridge of friendship between the European Parliament and Albania, boosting support for the advancement of the country in the EU integration process.
A special ceremony was held in Brussels for the launch of “Friends of Albania”. MEPs praised Albania’s constructive policy in the region, its commitment and the sustainable progress in the implementation of five key priorities for the opening of accession talks. They reconfirmed EP’s support for Albania’s European path.
Meanwhile, minister Bushati asked for the EU to continue to focus in our region. The European Parliament has always been a very active supporter of our efforts and we count on all of you to help the Union keep focused on our region. We welcome an enlargement policy based on individual merits and fairness, but there is also a need for a balanced regional approach to enlargement”, he said.
The Friendship Group will serve as a friendship bridge between the European Parliament and Albania, with a view to increase support for Albania’s advancement in its EU integration process, thus enabling the establishment of stronger ties and constructive dialogue within the European Parliament.
This incentive has yielded positive results when it has been applied with other countries which are now EU member countries. /balkaneu.com/